R289. Here Comes the Flood: Research and Writing in the Anthropocene

Room 20 & 21, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


In the next century, three-quarters of those living in Tampa will suffer costal flooding driven by climate-changed rises in sea level. How can we use our concerns—for earth, humans, and animals—to transform anger and anxiety into new writing and cultural change? What is a writer’s responsibility to the future? the past? Five poets will share projects that confront values of place, race, and memory; extraction and extinction. Join us in conversation about sustaining our work and commitments.


Julia Spicher Kasdorf published three books in the Pitt Poetry Series: Sleeping Preacher, Eve's Striptease, and Poetry in America. She teaches creative writing at Penn State and Chatham's Summer Community of Writers. Shale Play, her new book, documents the impacts of fracking in Pennsylvania.

C.S. Giscombe teaches English at the University of California, Berkeley. His recent books include Prairie Style, Ohio Railroads, and Border Towns. He is at work on a mixed-genre prose book titled Railroad Sense and a poetry book titled Negro Mountain.

Lisa Sewell is the author of several books of poems, including Impossible Object, winner of the 2014 Tenth Gate Prize. She has also edited two collections of essays for Wesleyan University Press, and has received grants from the NEA, and the Leeway Foundation, among others. She teaches at Villanova University.

Joan Naviyuk Kane is the author of The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife, Hyperboreal, The Stratis, and Milk Black Carbon, for which she has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Donald Hall Prize, and the American Book Award. She teaches in the low-res MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Brian Teare is the author of five critically acclaimed books of poetry, most recently Companion Grasses and The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven. An assistant professor at Temple University, he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center