S217. A Reading and Conversation with Aracelis Girmay, Tim Seibles, and Danez Smith. Sponsored by BOA Editions and Split This Rock

Ballroom C, Washington Convention Center, Level Three
Saturday, February 11, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Split This Rock and BOA Editions are proud to present three of the most vital poets writing and publishing in the US today. Representing three generations and writing in a stunning variety of poetic styles, the poets presented here take on the big questions with verve, power, and beauty: race and identity, our bloody history and its unrelenting legacy, the erotic as liberation and muse.


Sarah Browning is cofounder and Executive Director of Split This Rock: Poetry of Provocation & Witness. Author of Whiskey in the Garden of Eden and Killing Summer (forthcoming) and coeditor of two special issues of Poetry magazine, she cohosts Sunday Kind of Love at Busboys and Poets in DC.

Aracelis Girmay is the author of the collage-based book changing, changing, and the poetry collections Teeth and Kingdom Animalia. She is on the faculty of Drew University's low residency MFA program and Hampshire College's School for Interdisciplinary Arts.

Tim Seibles is the author of several collections of poetry, including Hammerlock, Buffalo Head Solos, and most recently, Fast Animal, which was nominated for a National Book Award in 2012. He is a professor of English at Old Dominion University and visiting faculty for the Stonecoast MFA program.

Danez Smith is the author of [insert] boy, winner of the Kate Tufts Award, and the forthcoming Don't Call Us Dead. He is a Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow and two-time World Poetry Slam finalist, a member of the Dark Noise Collective, and an MFA candidate at the University of Michigan.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside