F180. Reimagining Our Family Tree: New Poetry of Inheritance and Survival

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


Five authors of hot-off-the-press poetry collections from Copper Canyon Press trace and reinvent family ties. Through readings and conversation, we’ll share vital stories including a multi-generational migration from El Salvador to the United States; an immersive journey with the ghosts of Brazilian ancestors; identity in adventures in high-stakes suburbia; and notions of inherited madness, marked names, and queer chosen family—this is poetry that claims a lineage of survival.


Traci Brimhall is the author of three collections of poetry: Saudade, Our Lady of the Ruins, and Rookery. A recipient of an NEA Fellowship, she is an assistant professor at Kansas State University.

Victoria Chang's fourth book of poems, Barbie Chang, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017. Her most recent book, The Boss, won the PEN Center Literary Award and a California Book Award. Recipient of a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship, she teaches at Chapman University.

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of four poetry collections, most recently So Much Synth. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, The Nation, The New Yorker, Poetry, and elsewhere. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013, and she is associate professor at Rutgers University-Newark.

Javier Zamora is a 2016–2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow, and he holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, the NEA, and the Poetry Foundation. His poems appear in Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and the New York Times. He is the author of Unaccompanied.

Rachel McKibbens is the author of three full-length books of poetry, blud, Into the Dark & Emptying Field, and Pink Elephant, as well as the chapbook Mammoth. She is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and founder of the Pink Door Women's Writing Retreat.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside