Jeanette Lynes gave a Brown Bag Lunch presentation on Wednesday, November 29, at 12:15 pm. Her talk was entitled “‘Are we getting closer? Are we there yet?’ Mapping the Spaces of Poetic Inquiry.”

Often, research that mobilizes creative projects feels like an intuitive form of sleuthing at best, or, at worst fumbling in the dark towards a subject—or an object. This presentation explores the role of intuition in the early stages of creative work.

Jeanette Lynes is a Professor of English and Director of the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. She received her PhD in English from York University, Toronto, and her MFA in Writing from the University of Southern Maine’s low-residency Stonecoast Program. She is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently, Bedlam Cowslip: The John Clare Poems (Buckrider Books Imprint, 2015), which received the 2016 Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award. Her novel, The Factory Voice (Coteau Books, 2009), which tells the story of women aviation-plant workers during the Second World War, was long-listed for The Scotiabank Giller Prize and a ReLit Award. It was also podcast on CBC Radio. In 2015, her book, co-edited with David Eso, Where the Nights are Twice as Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets was published by Goose Lane Editions. Her monograph on Canadian Poet M. Travis Lane was published in 2015 in How Thought Feels: The Poetry of M. Travis Lane (Frog Hollow Press). She received a Women of Distinction Award in the Arts, Culture, and Heritage category in 2016 from the Saskatoon YWCA. She has been Pathy Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Princeton University and a Writer in Residence at several colleges as well as Saskatoon Public Library. During her time as a Visiting Fellow at Bard Graduate Center she will study poetics—specifically, metaphor—and spatiality.