2016 Jeffers Conference Program

The 22nd Annual Robinson Jeffers Association Conference
February 19-21, 2016, Carmel Woman's Club, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
"Jeffers and Carmel: The Early Years”



2016 RJA Program Schedule PDF

Friday, February 19

5:00 – 7:00 pm: Opening Reception, Tor House

Saturday, February 20

8:30am:  Continental Breakfast

9:00:  President’s Welcome and Opening Remarks
Geneva Gano, Texas State University, San Marcos

9:15:  Session I: Jeffers’ Enduring Themes
Chair, Jim Baird

“'Cheap Fausts and Vulgar Magicians': Science, Technology and Fate in Jeffers”
Robert Zaller, Drexel University

“Jeffers and the Reality of Death”
Brett Colasacco, University of Chicago

10:30:  Session II: Jeffers’ Poetic Forms in Context
Chair, Rob Kafka

“Robinson Jeffers and the California Shore Ode”
Kevin Batten, University of California, Irvine

“Narrative Poetry in 1916: Jeffers, Masters, Frost”
Geneva M. Gano, Texas State University

 11:45-12:45:  Lunch @ Woman’s Club
Sandwiches, salads, drinks ($15)

1:00: Presentation: Lawrence Clark Powell Award for Distinguished Scholarship to
         James Karman

1:30:  Session III: Sex and Gender in Early Jeffers
Chair, Geneva Gano

“‘When she’s nothing else to do:’ Women in ‘Peacock Ranch’ and ‘Roan Stallion’”
ShaunAnne Tangney, Minot State University

“Love Too Near: Jeffers’ Incest Theme”
Mick McAllister, Independent Scholar

2:30 -4:00:  Break

"Jeffers in Carmel"–An informal walking tour  of 30-40 minutes (weather permitting)

4:00:  Refreshments /Announcements

4:15:  Performance: Monologues from The Cretan Woman
Lili Bita, poet and actress

5:15:   Screening: Nick Cominos’ ONCE UPON A SUNDAY, 1957 (35 min)

Introduction: Norris Pope
James Karman will moderate a post-screening discussion with Norris Pope, Director (Emeritus) of the Stanford University Press and scholar of literature and film; Milena Groseva Levy of De Anza College; and Joan Cominos, the wife of Nick Cominos.

Sunday, February 21

8:30: Coffee & Danish

9:00:  Session IV: Jeffers’ Community: Life in Early Carmel
Chair, James Karman

“Honeyed Truth: Robinson Jeffers and the Myth of Carmel Point”
Dan Jensen, Independent Scholar

“Managing Robin: Una’s Life as the Poet’s Wife”
Kathleen Sonntag, Tor House Archivist

“George Sterling, Robinson Jeffers’ Friend and Advocate”
John Varady, Independent Scholar

10:30:  RJA Annual Business Meeting
11:30:  Action Committee Formation
        RJA 2017 Conference Planning
        RJA Online Planning: website, digital archives

RJA members are invited to attend and participate in these business meetings
Light refreshments will be available


*Program subject to change
Program as of February 16 2016