S280. Writing at the Crossroads: Exploring the Interface Between Music and Literature

Room 14, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Songs and stories, symphonies and poems, the echo of a nearly forgotten tune on the edge of a memory—music often animates, in subtle and direct ways, the written word. Here, authors from across genres read from their work and discuss dealing with the difficult connections at play between the page and ear, when music is a not-so-silent character in their work.


John Blanton Edgar (J Edgar) is a writer of fiction and creative nonfiction, teacher, and publisher. Founding editor of Opossum magazine, a journal featuring literature animated by music, he is a recent graduate of Texas State University's MFA program in creative writing.

Rob Spillman is editor and cofounder of Tin House. He is the 2015 recipient of the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing and is currently a lecturer at Columbia University. His memoir, All Tomorrow’s Parties, is out from Grove Press.

Cyrus Cassells's fifth book, The Crossed-Out Swastika, was a finalist for the Balcones Poetry Prize for Best Book of the Year. His sixth book, The Gospel According to Wild Indigo, is forthcoming in The Crab Orchard Poetry Series. He has received a Lambda Literary Award and a Lannan Literary Award.

Melissa Stephenson’s poetry, nonfiction, and fiction have appeared in publications such as The Mid-American Review, The Rumpus, and ZYZZYVA. Her memoir, Driven, is forthcoming and deals surviving her only sibling's rock-and-roll lifestyle and death.

Shayla Lawson is the author of I Think I'm Ready to See Frank Ocean, a poetry collection that explores The Ocean, ocean, and the similarities between breakbeats and heartbreak. Her writing appears in Guernica, The Offing, OPOSSUM, ESPN, and Salon. She is a 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellow.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside