S230. Into the Expanse: Reinventing the Contemporary Long Poem

Room 24, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


The revolutionary space in contemporary long poems can sustain innovative explorations of gender, race, family, ecology, and the tradition of poetry itself. Inspired by the recent resurgence of long and book-length poems, this panel asks how the form advances experimental voices and unlocks multifarious possibilities. How are contemporary writers forging a new, expansive epic that is both intimate and universal? When is the wild and impractical venture of a long poem exactly right for the job?


Robin Beth Schaer is the author of the poetry collection Shipbreaking, She has been a fellow at Yaddo, Djerassi, Saltonstall, and MacDowell. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Bomb, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. She worked as a deckhand aboard the Tall Ship Bounty and teaches writing in Ohio.

Sumita Chakraborty is poetry editor of AGNI, art editor of At Length, and a doctoral candidate in English at Emory. Her poems and prose can be found in Poetry, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Cultural Critique, and more.

Marianne Boruch is the author of nine poetry collections including the recent Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing, and Cadaver, Speak, plus a third essay collection, The Little Death of Self, and a memoir—The Glimpse Traveler. She teaches at Purdue and in Warren Wilson College's MFA program.

Deborah Landau is the author The Uses of the Body, The Last Usable Hour, and Orchidelirium. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Best American Poetry, and The New York Times, and she was awarded a Guggeheim Fellowship. She directs the creative writing program at NYU.

Lindsay Garbutt is the associate editor of Poetry and one of the judges of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships. She cohosts the Poetry Magazine Podcast with Don Share.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside