J. Patrick Lannan

J. PATRICK LANNAN, JR. (1938 – 2022)

Patrick Lannan died Wednesday, July 27, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife Andrea and daughter Sharron by his side. Lannan Center is especially grateful to Patrick Lannan for his vision and generous support of our mission. Our work would not have been possible without him.

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About Us

Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University is a literary, critical, and pedagogical undertaking devoted to the situation of poetry and poetics in the contemporary world.

Africa Imagines Symposium


Lannan Center hosts a variety of programs throughout the academic year, including our Readings and Talks Series and Symposia. 



The Center fosters critical inquiry among students and faculty into the aesthetic, social, political, and cultural implications of the language arts. It gives pedagogical emphasis to innovative learning and writing, and embraces connections between poetry and other art forms.


Featured Videos

A Conversation with Nobel Laureate Abulrazak Gurnah
Who Are We & Where Are We Coming From? : America’s Narrative Battle
Reimagining the American Narrative

Lannan Center Events

A Conversation with Seán Hewitt. Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7PM ET. Location: Riggs Library/Livestreamed