R180. A Tribute to June Jordan

Ballroom D, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


This tribute celebrates the work of June Jordan, award-winning American poet, playwright, essayist, and teacher. Over a career that produced twenty-seven volumes of poems, essays, libretti, and work for children, Jordan engaged the fundamental struggles of her era: over civil rights, women’s rights, and sexual freedom. Poets and writers celebrate her influential position in American letters, sharing and discussing their favorite works, and conveying the power and prowess of June Jordan.


Carey Salerno is the Executive Editor of Alice James Books. She is the editor, along with Anne Marie Macari, of the anthology Lit from Inside: 40 Years of Poetry from Alice James Books. Her first book, Shelter, was published by Alice James Books in 2009. You may find her poems in print and online.

Patricia Spears Jones is the author of A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems, three poetry collections, five chapbooks, and two plays for Mabou Mines. She has been anthologized in BAX 2016 and The Golden Shovel, and is the recipient of the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize. She is a lecturer at CUNY and Adelphi University.

Javier Zamora is a 2016–2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow and holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, the NEA, and the Poetry Foundation. His poems appear in Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and the New York Times. He is the author of Unaccompanied.

Evie Shockley—author of the new black and semiautomatic (and other poetry books), as well as Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (criticism)—is creative writing editor for Feminist Studies and associate professor of English at Rutgers University.

Patrick Rosal is author of four books, most recently Brooklyn Antediluvian, finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award. 2017 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry and former Fulbright Fellow, he directs and teaches in the MFA program at Rutgers-Camden.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside