R123. Two Mediums in One Artist: Life as a Musician and Author

Room 7, 8, & 9, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


What are the major points of intersection between songwriting and the writing of literature? How might these two seemingly different mediums inform one another? What can music achieve that literature cannot? The artists on this panel have dedicated their lives to the writing of literature and the writing of song and will speak to the fruitful connections this blending of forms has afforded their creative lives.



Ephraim Scott Sommers is a singer-songwriter and the author of The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire, winner of the 2016 Patricia Bibby First Book Award. He received his PhD from Western Michigan University and is assistant professor of creative writing at Winthrop University.

Brendan Stephens is a PhD student at the University of Houston. His work has appeared in Carolina Quarterly, Black Fox Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. He received an MFA from the University of Central Florida.

Cal Freeman is the author of the poetry collection, Brother of Leaving and Fight Songs. His poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in many journals. He teaches at Oakland University.

Michelle Cruz Gonzales is a perimeno punk and the author of The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band. In the 1990s, MCG played drums and wrote lyrics for the female punk band, Spitboy. She writes, teaches English, and plays guitar in Kamala and the Karnivores.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

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