F133. The Semi-Formal: Hybrid Free and Formal Verse

Room 22, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Between the polarities of free and formal verse is a spectrum of hybrid poetry that utilizes the treasures of both: inventiveness, innovative structures, rhyme, and rhythm. This panel will present and analyze such hybrid poems, classic and contemporary, including work by Gerard Manley Hopkins, Patricia Smith, and Claudia Rankine. We will "out" free verse poets in their use of formal elements, discovering their metric codes, and discuss the impact of free verse on the evolution of form.


Marc Vincenz’s eighth collection of poetry is Becoming the Sound of Bees. He has translated many German-language poets, including Herman Hesse Prize winner, Klaus Merz. He is Executive Editor of MadHat Press and serves on the editorial boards of Plume and Fulcrum.

Larissa Shmailo's latest book of poetry is Medusa's Country and her latest novel is Patient Women. She is an anthologist of Russian poetry in translation and the original English translator of the avant-garde opera, Victory over the Sun. She also is a critical writer on poetry and poetics.

Dean Kostos is the author of eight books. His forthcoming collection is Pierced by Night-Colored Threads. His previous book—This Is Not a Skyscraper—won the Benjamin Saltman Award, selected by Mark Doty. Kostos was invited to present his work at The Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University.

Elizabeth L. Hodges is a literary activist and editor of the print journal, St. Petersburg Review, and the web journal, Springhouse Journal. Her latest collection of poetry is Witchery.

Michael Anania is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. His work is widely anthogized and translated. Recent poetry books include Nightsongs and Clamors, Continuous Showings, and Heat Lines. He has taught at Northwestern, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside