F229. Unacknowledged Legislators: Poetry in the Age of Alternative Facts

Room 18 & 19, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


What counts as political poetry? Which characteristics constitute a successful political poem? Can invocations of myth, landscape descriptions, and dramatic personae affect social, cultural, and political change? Join us for a lively consideration of these and other topics including literary representations of otherness, the political implications of prosodic techniques, and writing beyond the limitations of satire, polemics, and prophecy.


Brian Brodeur is author of the poetry books Natural Causes and Other Latitudes, and the chapbooks Local Fauna and So the Night Cannot Go on Without Us. New work appears in American Poetry Review, Pleiades, and The Writer's Chronicle. He is assistant professor of English at Indiana University East.

Dorianne Laux’s fifth collection, The Book of Men won The Paterson Prize. Her fourth book, Facts about the Moon, won The Oregon Book Award. She teaches for the Program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University and is founding faculty of Pacific University's Low-Residency MFA Program.

David Mason’s poetry books include The Buried Houses, The Country I Remember, Arrivals, Sea Salt, and the verse novel, Ludlow, which was featured on the PBS News Hour. He has written three collections of essays, a memoir, a children's book, and several opera libretti. He is former Colorado laureate.

Nicole Terez Dutton teaches creative writing at a Emerson College and in the Solstice MFA program. She is a senior editor at Transition magazine and the poetry editor at The Baffler.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside