S287. Smells like Teen Spirit: Writing Pop Music as Resistance in Poetry

Room 23, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


What do poems inspired by Rihanna’s BBHMM and a Grecian Urn have in common? How does the relationship between pop music and poetry subvert/expand the tradition of ekphrasis? In this panel, five poets will discuss the influence of pop music on their writing, examining how their poems internalize the aesthetics of defiance/resistance inherent in music they love. They will read from work that looks at the ways pop deepens/troubles our notions of identity and desire to create urgent works of art.


Kendra DeColo is the author of My Dinner with Ron Jeremy and Thieves in the Afterlife. She has received awards and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Millay Colony, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. She is book editor at Muzzle magazine.

Tiana Clark is the author of Equilibrium, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. She is the winner of the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize, 2016 Academy of American Poets Vanderbilt University Prize, and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize.

Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil’s Garden, Mixology, and The Big Smoke, which won the Anisfield-Wolf Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. His latest book is Map to the Stars. He teaches at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Chet Weise’s writing appears in Copper Nickel, Poems & Plays, and more. A musician, too, Weise recorded and toured extensively with The Quadrajets and Immortal Lee County Killers. He is editor at Third Man Books, the imprint of Jack White's Third Man Records.

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic. His first collection of poems, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was released by Button Poetry in 2016. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, is forthcoming.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside