F238. Sustainable: On Writing Long and Linked Poems

Grand Salon D, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


In an age of digestible snippets, we grow hungry for occasions to practice the fine art of paying attention. An art form rooted in mindfulness, the long poem is one way of practicing deliberate attention. Drawing on their own experiences writing and publishing long poems, linked poems, project books, and novels-in-verse, this panel will discuss both the rich literary tradition of long and linked poems, as well as provide insights into the process and craft of creating your own sustained lyrics.



Kathryn Nuernberger is the author of two poetry collections, The End of Pink and, and Rag & Bone. Her collection of lyric essays is Brief Intrerviews with the Romantic Past. An associate professor of creative writing at University of Central Missouri, she also serves as director of Pleiades Press.

Jenny Molberg is the author of the poetry collection Marvels of the Invisible, recipient of the Berkshire Prize. She is assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Central Missouri, where she coedits Pleiades.

Cortney Lamar Charleston is the author of Telepathologies. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation Literary Festival, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Jacques J. Rancourt is the author of Novena, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd prize, and Covenant. He has held poetry fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow.

Traci Brimhall is the author of three collections of poetry: Saudade, Our Lady of the Ruins, and Rookery. A recipient of an NEA Fellowship, she is an assistant professor at Kansas State University.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

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