F148. Social Justice and Poetic Communities

Liberty Salon M, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Friday, February 10, 2017
10:30 am to 11:45 am


How do poets approach social justice in their practice? How can teachers empower their students and compassionately engage with various communities and experiences? What's the responsibility of the poet-critic to bear witness? How can journalists promote social change in the arts? The poets on this panel will discuss their creative work and how it both supports and is enriched by their journalism, criticism, and community leadership, as well as how they consider the role of activism throughout their work.



David Welch received his MFA from the University of Alabama and now teaches creative writing and popular literature at DePaul University, where he is coordinator of literacy outreach. He lives in Chicago, volunteers at 826CHI, and serves as poetry editor of ACM.

Jaswinder Bolina is author of the poetry collections Phantom Camera and Carrier Wave and of the digital chapbook The Tallest Building in America. He teaches on the faculty of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Miami.


Reuben Jackson hosts Night Jazz on Vermont Public Radio. He is also a poet whose volume of verse entitled Fingering the Keys won the Columbia Book Award. His poems have also appeared in over forty anthologies, newspapers, magazines, and journals such as Gargoyle. He is also a youth workshop leader.

Dora Malech is the author of two books of poems, Say So and Shore Ordered Ocean. Her poems have appeared in the New YorkerPoetry, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of poetry at The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Erika Sanchez is a poet, novelist, and essayist. Her poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, and her young adult novel, Brown Girl Problems, are forthcoming. She has received a "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize and a Ruth Lilly Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship.


March 23–26, 2022
Philadelphia, PA

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