F198. Preserving the Memory: Strategies for Keeping the Work of Deceased Poets Alive

Room 24, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


A staggering number of poets have left us over the past decade, poets whose presence in our ongoing conversations about poetics and culture remains important. Creative actions by family members, editors, publishers, academics, and readers can help to make sure these writers retain a seat at the table. This panel will speak to specific cases, what has been done, and what we hope to do in the future to preserve their memory.


John Hoppenthaler's books of poetry are Domestic Garden, Anticipate the Coming Reservoir, and Lives of Water. He has also coedited Jean Valentine: This-World Company. Editor of "A Poetry Congeries," he is a professor of creative writing and literature at East Carolina University.

Brian Turner (author of My Life as a Foreign Country; Here, Bullet; and Phantom Noise) received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a USA Fellowship, an NEA grant, the Amy Lowell, the Poets' Prize, and a fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. He directs the MFA in creative writing at Sierra Nevada College.

Sidney L. Clifton is an Emmy-nominated producer with a nearly twenty-year career in animated and live action television series and longform content. In her current role as a creative recruiter for Riot Games, she juggles recruiting duties along with her independent content development and production.

Laure-Anne Bosselaar is the author of The Hour Between Dog & Wolf, Small Gods of Grief (Isabella Gardner Prize), and A New Hunger (ALA Notable Book). She taught at Sarah Lawrence College, and teaches at the Solstice Low-Residency MFA at Pine Manor College. Four Way Books will publish her next book.

Gregory Donovan is author of the poetry collections Torn from the Sun as well as Calling His Children Home, winner of the Devins Award. A faculty member of the VCU MFA writing program, he's an editor of the online journal Blackbird and a producer of the Levis documentary film A Late Style of Fire.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside