F168. Making Room for Essayistic Thinking During Fraught Times: The Personal and the Political

Room 25, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


With the rise of “alternative facts” and an increasing disregard for both science and literature, thoughtful and nuanced essays are more important than ever. But longer, deeper work takes more time than a quick response piece. How can essayists make room for nuanced thinking, for thorough explorations of hard truths, for humor, for slowness, for contemplation? This panel of diverse essayists offers practical suggestions and discusses theoretical concerns. Come, think, and—hopefully—be eased.


Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her full-length collection Be with Me Always is forthcoming, and her lyric essay chapbook is Devotional. Other work appears in The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, and elsewhere. She is reviews editor at Tinderbox Poetry Journal.

Kristin Kovacic teaches in the Carlow University MFA program and at Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh. Her essays have received the Pushcart Prize and other awards. She is the editor of Birth: A Literary Companion and the poetry chapbook, House of Women.

Heather Kirn Lanier is the author of the nonfiction book, Teaching in the Terrordome, as well as two award-winning poetry chapbooks, The Story You Tell Yourself and Heart-Shaped Bed in Hiroshima. She teaches at Southern Vermont College.

Amy Monticello is the author of Close Quarters, a chapbook-length memoir, and the essay collection How to Euthanize a Horse. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, The Iron Horse Literary Review, Salon, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor at Suffolk University in Boston.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside