F130. Beyond Measure: Experiments in the Music of Poetry

Room 17, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Investigating the potent realms between language, the body, and sound, the panelists will explore how voice, silence, improvisation, and elements of time are vital to a poem’s performance, power and content. Panelists will perform, as well as speak to the overlapping influences of spoken language, song, music, and sound, in the service of poem-making.


Samuel Ace is the author of Normal Sex, Home in Three Days, Don’t Wash, and, most recently, Stealth, with poet Maureen Seaton. He is a recipient of an Astraea Lesbian Writer's Award in Poetry, and a two-time finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in poetry. He teaches writing at Mt. Holyoke College.

Orlando White is the author of two books of poetry: Bone Light and LETTERRS. He is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Residency and Bread Loaf John Ciardi Fellowship. He teaches at Diné College and in the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Harmony Holiday is the author of Negro League Baseball, winner of the Motherwell Poetry Prize. She has a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA from Columbia University, and she runs a boutique production house devoted to the crossing between archiving, improvisation, myth, and black music.

Duriel E. Harris is the author of the solo play Thingification and three books of poetry, including Drag, Amnesiac, and the prize winning No Dictionary of a Living Tongue. Editor of Obsidian and cofounder of the Black Took Collective, she is an associate professor of English at ISU in Normal, Illinois.

Tracie Morris holds an MFA in poetry from Hunter College, and a PhD in performance studies from NYU. Her most recent book is handholding: 5 kinds. She is coeditor of Best American Experimental Writing (2016). Morris is coordinator of the MFA in performance and performance studies at Pratt Institute.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside