S204. About Grief, Trauma, Loss: The Facing, the Writing, and the Healing

Florida Salon 1, 2, & 3, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


A reading by poets and prose memoirists who have confronted past traumas ranging from sudden, violent deaths of family members to sexual and medical abuse. Each of these writers, who are at various stages in their careers, will also briefly discuss how the writing process itself, followed by publishing, giving readings, and speaking to a variety of audiences, has not only helped them to heal but has encouraged others to give voice to—and ultimately recover from—their own traumatic experiences.



Wendy Barker's sixth full-length collection of poems received the John Ciardi Prize and was published by BkMk Press in 2015. She has also published four chapbooks and coedited the anthology Far Out: Poems of the '60s. Recipient of NEA and Rockefeller fellowships, she teaches at UT San Antonio.

Patricia McConnell is the author of fifteen books, including The Education of Will, a memoir, and The Other End of the Leash, which was translated into thirteen languages. An applied animal behaviorist, she taught The Biology & Philosophy of Human-Animal Relationships for twenty-five years at UW-Madison.

Joel Peckham is the author of five collections of poetry, including Why Not Take All of Me and God’s Bicycle. His memoir Resisting Elegy appeared from Chicago Review Press in 2012 and a new collection of essays, Body Memory, appeared from New Rivers Press in 2016.

Cynthia Hogue has published nine collections of poetry, including Revenance and In June the Labyrinth. Her most recent cotranslation is Joan Darc, by Nathalie Quintana. She is a newly minted Professor Emerita at Arizona State University.

Emmy Pérez


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center