S245. Horizon on Fire: The Poet as Journalist Here and Abroad

Ballroom D, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


This will be a panel presentation/discussion/reading that will explore and exemplify the ethics and aesthetics which effect poets who are also journalists. The panel members represent print and broadcast media. They will talk about how a TV news story or a piece of journalistic writing can end up being transformed into a poem—or vice versa. The panel will also talk about how ethical and artistic demands on writers are altered in an era in which facts are routinely ignored in favor of ideology.



Tom Sleigh's books include Station Zed, Army Cats (John Updike Award), and Space Walk (Kingsley Tufts Award). In February 2018, House of Fact, House of Ruin (poems) and The Land Between Two Rivers (prose) will appear. He teaches at Hunter College and works as a journalist in Africa and the Middle East.

Jeffrey Brown is chief correspondent for arts, culture, and society for the PBS NewsHour, and author of the poetry collection, The News.

Christopher Merrill has published many books of poetry, translations, and nonfiction, most recently, Boat, Necessities, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War, and Self-Portrait with Dogwood. He directs the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

Eliza Griswold, a poet and journalist, is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at NYU.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center