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The Really Big One

A talk by poet Jennifer Richter, 2019-20 CFTH Resident Research Fellow. 

At the heart of Jennifer Richter’s third poetry collection is a question that seismologist Charles Richter, inventor of the earthquake magnitude scale, was once asked in a letter: “I was wondering how you feel about your name being associated with a disaster.” 

In this presentation, she’ll talk about and read from her new work, initially inspired by her family name and by Oregon’s urgent preparations for the coming megaquake. She’ll also discuss how studying seismology unexpectedly looped her back to more personal subjects, offering a new language to explore how we cycle through periods of shattering and healing—how we survive the unpredictable disasters—the “big ones”—that can rattle our personal lives. 


Jennifer Richter teaches creative writing in the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film. Her research interests include the medical humanities, the prose poem, and the hybrid form. Richter's first book of poems, Threshold, was a national bestseller, and was named a 2011 Oregon Book Awards Finalist by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Her second collection, No Acute Distress, was named a Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Editor's Selection in 2016. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, The Missouri Review, and A Fierce Brightness: Twenty-five Years of Women’s Poetry. She received her BA from Indiana University and her MFA from Penn State. Before moving to Oregon State, Richter was awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship in Poetry by Stanford University, where she taught in the Creative Writing Program for four years. 

Monday, February 17, 2020 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Autzen House
811 SW Jefferson Avenue Corvallis, OR 97333-4506

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Academic, Research


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