S258. "Ballade of the Poverties": A Reading by Beloit Poetry Journal Poets

Room 20 & 21, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Cortney Lamar Charleston, Nicelle Davis, Meg Day, Carolyn Forché, and Sally Wen Mao will read poems inspired by Adrienne Rich’s “Ballade of the Poverties.” Addressed to the princes of predation and finance, this piece reminds us that political poetry isn’t new or newly necessary but remains a vital force for survival, resistance, and change. Audience members will submit lines for inclusion in a collaborative response to “Ballade,” to be printed published on the BPJ website.



Meg Day is the 2015–2016 recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, a 2013 recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level. Day is assistant professor of English and creative writing at Franklin & Marshall College.

Nicelle Davis is a teacher, poet, and performance artist. She is the author of four collections of poetry, The Walled Wife, Becoming Judas, In the Circus of You, and Circe. Her poetry film collaborations have been featured at many film festivals.

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.

Sally Wen Mao is the author of a collection of poetry, Mad Honey Symposium. She has taught at Cornell University and Hunter College and was the 2015–2016 Writer-in-Residence at the National University of Singapore. She is the 2016–2017 Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library.

Carolyn Forché’s books of poetry include Blue Hour; The Angel of History, which received the Los Angeles Times Book Award; and The Country Between Us. She is also the editor of Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness and the coeditor of Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English 1500–2001. Her honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the Director of the Lannan Center for Poetry and Poetics and holds the Lannan Chair in Poetry at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.


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