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Emily Grosholz: Mathematics, Philosophy and Poetry.
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Last year in April we posted Lucretius: Science in Verse and Reflections on a Dinoflagellate to commemorate National Poetry Month. This year we are offering another short series of stories that continue the conversation, beginning with this introduction to the poetry of Emily Rolfe Grosholz.

Science, philosophy, and poetry have many intersections. The three disciplines share a history and are all considered traditional pillars of a liberal arts education. Poet, critic, and philosopher Emily Rolfe Grosholz lives and works in this intersection.

Grosholz is Liberal Arts Research Professor of Philosophy, African American Studies and English, and a member of the Center for Fundamental Theory / Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, at the Pennsylvania State University. Just as Grosholz’s academic work is interdisciplinary, so is her poetry. She has published four books of poetry: The Abacus of Years (David R. Godine Publisher, Inc., 2001), Eden (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992), Shores and Headlands (Princeton University Press, 1988), and The River Painter (University of Illinois Press, 1984). She also edited Telling the Barn Swallow: Poets on the Poetry of Maxine Kumin (University Press of New England, 1997) and co-edited W. E. B. Du Bois on Race and Culture (Routledge, 1996) and is preparing a collection of essays on the legacy of Simone de Beauvoir. She is an advisory editor for The Hudson Review, one of America's most respected literary quarterlies. She has received grants for her poetry from the Guggenheim and the Ingram Merrill Foundations.

Of her four published poetry collections, two explore themes related to science and mathematics: Proportions of the Heart: Poems that Play with Mathematics Paperback and The Abacus of Years: Poems.

To learn more about Emily Grosholz and her work, see In Praise of Fractals and Poetry, in which blogger Evelyn Lamb discusses Grosholz’s poetry. Also visit Grosholz's website to read some of her poetry and to learn more about her work as a philosopher, poet, and literary critic.

Posted 27 Apr 2015 2:23 PM by Maria Sosa