R191. “The Art of the Possible”: Making and Teaching Graphic Narratives and Poetry Comics

Room 16, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Comics are exploding in popularity, and more writers are interested in both creating them and teaching them, but may not know where to begin. The comic artists on this panel will discuss how to create comics, graphic novels, and visual memoirs; how writers can transform their own work into comics; and how teachers can bring comics into the classroom. Covering a range of handmade and digital approaches, the panelists will share, per Kenneth Koch’s book of comics, “The Art of the Possible.”


Kelcey Parker Ervick is the author of The Bitter Life of Bozena Nemcova, a hybrid work of biography, memoir, and visual art. Her two previous books of fiction are Liliane's Balcony and For Sale By Owner. She teaches at Indiana University South Bend and leads a study abroad program to Prague/Berlin.

Bianca Stone is a poet and visual artist. She runs the Ruth Stone Foundation in Goshen, Vermont, and her new book, The Mobius Strip Club of Grief, is forthcoming.

Nick Francis Potter is the author of New Animals, a hybrid collection of prose and comics. He teaches classes in writing, cartooning, and digital media at the University of Missouri, and currently serves as the comics editor at Drunken Boat.

Tom Hart is the author/artist of The New York Times #1 bestselling graphic memoir, Rosalie Lightning, and the Executive Director of The Sequential Artists Workshop, an organization and school for comics and graphic novels in Gainesville, Florida which also offers extensive online courses.

Lauren Haldeman is the author of the poetry collections Instead of Dying, Calenday, and the chapbook The Eccentricity of Zero. A comic book artist and poet, she has been a recipient of the Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, the Colorado Prize for Poetry, and fellowships from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside