R211. Spirit Through Form: A Poetry Reading by Vermont Studio Center Visiting Writers

Ballroom A, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


For over two decades the Vermont Studio Center (VSC) has been featuring top-level writers from around the country. While at VSC, besides conducting conferences with residents, each Visiting Writer offers a reading and craft talk. At the ten-year mark of Maverick Writing Studio, we hope to celebrate VSC and its diverse programming by showcasing five amazing writers who have recently served as mentors and guides for our residents. Each poet will read then talk briefly about their time at VSC.


Sebastian Matthews is the author of a memoir and three books of poetry, most recently Beginner's Guide to a Head-on Collision. He's currently working on the serialized collage novel The Life & Times of American Crow and a collection of short essays entitled Beyond Repair: Off-White in America.

Vievee Francis is the author of three poetry collections, Blue-Tail Fly, Horse in the Dark, and Forest Primeval. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry (2010, 2014, 2017) and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, among other places.

Major Jackson is the author of four collections, most recently, Roll Deep. A recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award, Pushcart Prize, and Guggenheim Fellowship, Jackson is the Richard A. Dennis Professor at University of Vermont. He serves as editor of Harvard Review.

Curtis Bauer is a poet, translator, letterpress printer, chapbook publisher, and teacher. He teaches creative writing and comparative literature at Texas Tech University, runs Q Avenue Press, and he is translations editor for From the Fishouse and Waxwing Journal.

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.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside