R218. Curated Obsession: The Persona Poetry Project

Room 7, 8, & 9, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Research, sustained focus, and particularities of craft will be talking points for a conversation with five poets at different stages of their careers, who have each created an entire poetry project based on voice(s)/persona different than their own. Discussion topics will include but not be limited to, form, following inklings, research methods, and finding the arc after the spark. Each panelist will read examples from their persona collections.


Valerie Wallace is the author of House of McQueen, chosen by Vievee Frances for the Four Way Books Intro Prize, and the chapbook The Dictators' Guide to Good Housekeeping. She has received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award and her work was selected by Margaret Atwood for the Atty Award.

Catherine Bowman is the author of 1-800-HOT-RIBS, Rock Farm, Notarikon, The Plath Cabinet, and Can I Finish, Please? and editor of Word of Mouth: Poems Featured on NPR's All Things Considered. She teaches in the creative writing program at Indiana University.

W. Todd Kaneko is the author of the Dead Wrestler Elegies and coauthor of Poetry: A Writer's Guide and Anthology. His poems and prose appear in many journals and anthologies. He is a Kundiman fellow, coeditor of Waxwing magazine, and an assistant professor at Grand Valley State University.

Frank X Walker is a cofounder of the Affrilachian Poets, a Cave Canem fellow, and Editor of PLUCK!. The author of nine collections of poetry and a recipient of a Lannan Foundation Poetry Fellowship, he is professor of English and African American and Africana studies at the University of Kentucky.

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is the author of Streaming, Off Season-City Pipe, Dog Road Woman, Burn, Blood Run, Rock Ghost Willow Deer, Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, Effigies I & II, and is directing Red Dust (film). She directs the Lit Sandhill CraneFest and is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UCR.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center