F230. Persea Books: Poetry of Protest

Room 20 & 21, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


The American cultural landscape has shifted radically in the wake of the 2016 presidential campaign, with the rights and dignity of so many groups of people under attack. In such times, poetry is more important than ever in its capacity to both resist and connect memorably, potently, and portably. Join Persea poets as they discuss crafting political poems and read from their newest work.


Randall Mann is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Proprietary. He lives in San Francisco.

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart and Apocalyptic Swing. Her third book of poems is Rocket Fantastic. She is an editor at large at Los Angeles Review of Books and a cocurator at Voluble. She is a queer lesbian living in North Carolina.

Molly McCully Brown is the author of The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, which won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. She is the 2017–2018 Jeff Baskin Writers fellow at the Oxford American magazine.

Mitchell L. H. Douglas is the author of \blak\ \al-fe bet\, winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award, and Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem, an NAACP Image Award nominee. An Affrilachian Poets founder and Cave Canem graduate, he is an Associate Professor of English at IUPUI.

Heather Derr-Smith is the author of four books of poetry, Each End of the World, The Bride Minaret, Tongue Screw, and Thrust.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside