Ramona Naddaff Named Faculty Fellow for Poetry & the Senses Program

Ramona Naddaff

Feb 01, 2021

Rhetoric’s Ramona Naddaff named Faculty Fellow for the Poetry & the Senses Program at UC Berkeley’s Arts Research Center (ARC)

Poetry and the Senses creates meaningful opportunities for engagement, research, and collaboration. As a think tank for the arts at UC Berkeley, ARC acts as a facilitator and connector between the campus and the many flourishing regional poetry communities. This ongoing two-year initiative (Jan 2020 – Dec 2021) explores the relevance and urgency of lyrical making and storytelling in times of political crisis, and the value of engaging the senses as an act of care, mindfulness, and resistance.

The theme for Spring 2021 is emerge/ncy. What kinds of poetic modes of address might be recruited in times of global catastrophe? How does poetry help us think through and within crisis? “Emergency” implies urgency, sudden harm, life-threatening violence, and extreme circumstances, but embedded within it is the word “emergence;” suggesting rebirth and new beginnings. How can we understand moments of emergency as catalysts for renewal, as ruptures that signal massive—if painful—change?

Learn more about the current fellows here: Poetry and the Senses Fellows
Read the Poetry and Senses Fellowship Press Release here: Press Release