Performers and Programs

Performer Information  
Performer name: Geoff Klock
Phone: 212-879-5964
Mailing address: 151 E 83rd Street apt 6D
New York City, NY 10028
E-mail address: geoff.klock@gmail.com
Website: http://www.geoffklock.com
Previous appearances at: Wadham College, Oxford University, Balliol College, Oxford University, The Popular Culture Association of America, Nottingham University, LaGuardia Community College
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 03/17/2015

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Raising Kids Who Give a Damn about Poetry Life Skills- Parenting,
Literature- Poetry,
Literature- Authors
I am the author of How to Read Superhero Comics and Why and I have a doctorate in nineteenth and twentieth century poetry from Oxford University. I am an energetic and engaging public speaker, and I specialize in bringing the richest view of literature to a general audience without needless academic jargon. Baby Mozart aims to make kids smarter by stimulating them through music. This talk is aimed at parents who want to raise their kids with an appreciation of poetry. High culture and low tech, poetry reinforces the memory through rhythm and rhyme and puts into place advanced language skills and vocabulary. Reading poetry to very young children gives them what the books say they need: the sound of the human voice. I take parents through a number of poems appropriate for children explaining how best to read poetry aloud, why each is important, and provide a list of where they can go next: a single book of poetry will last the rest of their lives. This is a one hour talk, and could be a series of talks if so desired.
$201- $350
Comic Books are Literature Literature- Poetry,
Literature- Authors,
Literature- Other
I am the author of How to Read Superhero Comics and Why and I have a doctorate in nineteenth and twentieth century poetry from Oxford University. I am an energetic and engaging public speaker, and I specialize in bringing the richest view of literature to a general audience without needless academic jargon. “Comic Books as Literature” demonstrates how the appreciation of comic books and graphic novels – by libraries and the general public – is as important as the appreciation of poetry. I discuss how both comics and poetry are read by a small, dedicated fan base. This knowledgeable audience allows writers to work dense and complex images and metaphors into their creations. I follow a set of these images in the comics and compare it to a similar set of images in poetry. At the end of the presentation audiences will leave with an appreciation of a new art form. This is a one-hour presentation and could be developed into a series if so desired.
$201- $350
Film and Literature Imaginary Biopics Literature- Poetry,
Literature- Authors,
Media- Film
I am the author of How to Read Superhero Comics and Why and I have a doctorate in nineteenth and twentieth century poetry from Oxford University. I am an energetic and engaging public speaker, and I specialize in bringing the richest view of literature to a general audience without needless academic jargon. My doctoral thesis, Imaginary Biographies, argued for the existence of a genre in poetry: the bizarre portrayal of historical writers. The pagan poet Virgil, for instance, weirdly appears as a guide to a Christian afterlife in Dante’s Inferno. “Imaginary Biopics” follows this genre into film. The poet William Blake (played by Johnny Depp) appears in Jim Jarmusch’s western Dead Man, for example. Other films that could be discussed include The Seven Per Cent Solution (Sigmund Freud meets Sherlock Holmes), Stephen Soderbergh’s Kafka (a terrorist thriller), and Shakespeare in Love. The works of the authors shed light on the films, and the films provide a new view of the authors. This talk could be a one-hour survey, a one-hour talk on any of the films, or a series of talks on several films. The talks could be in conjunction with film screenings.
$201- $350
Kill Bill and Poetry Literature- Poetry,
Literature- Authors,
Media- Film
I am the author of How to Read Superhero Comics and Why and I have a doctorate in nineteenth and twentieth century poetry from Oxford University. I am an energetic and engaging public speaker, and I specialize in bringing the richest view of literature to a general audience without needless academic jargon. “Kill Bill and Poetry” compares Quentin Tarrantino’s collection of action genres (kung-fu, samurai, the western, 70s grind house, superhero comics) to John Milton’s complex allusions to Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Tasso in Paradise Lost. I look carefully at the works Tarrantino and Milton allude to, and explain their significance. Both Tarrantino and Milton invoke the history of their given genres in order to revise and evaluate the traditions they work in. By alluding to past masters they set themselves up as the culmination of all that has come before. A violent action film and the major Christian epic in English have more in common than you may have thought. This is a single one-and-a-half-hour talk, and could be done in conjunction with a screening of Kill Bill part 1.
$201- $350
Literature as Bible Literature- Poetry,
Literature- Authors,
Literature- Other
I am the author of How to Read Superhero Comics and Why and I have a doctorate in nineteenth and twentieth century poetry from Oxford University. I am an energetic and engaging public speaker, and I specialize in bringing the richest view of literature to a general audience without needless academic jargon. Much has been discussed on the subject of the Bible as literature, full of metaphors and stories not unlike secular literature. But very little has been said on the subject of making a kind of Bible out of literature. I show how secular literature can be an aide to existing spirituality (of what every faith) or even become a kind of spiritual experience for those who do not believe in God. I look closely at many excellent poems with an eye toward how they provide spiritual comfort, advice, and examples of the best the world has to offer. This is a one hour talk, and could be a series of talks if so desired.
$201- $350
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