R131. Intersectional South: New Perspectives in Southern Poetry

Room 18 & 19, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


In the 21st century, there exists a multitude of Southern poetics defined not by location, but by the variable experiences of the American South. This panel seeks to explore “Southerness” in terms of individual experience in order to highlight new identities and perspectives in contemporary Southern poetry. It brings together a diverse group of poets who will speak to the idea of “Southerness” in literature, and how they see this operating in (or against) their own work.


Chad Abushanab is a doctoral candidate in literature and creative writing at Texas Tech University. His poems appear in Ecotone, Shenendoah, 32 Poems, The Hopkins Review, and others.

John Poch is professor of English in the creative writing program at Texas Tech University. His most recent collection, Fix Quiet, won the New Criterion Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Paris Review, Poetry, Yale Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Image, Agni, and other journals.

TJ Jarrett is the author of Zion, winner of the 2013 Crab Orchard Open Poetry Competition, and Ain't No Grave. Her poems appear in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Poetry, Boston Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere.

Adam Vines is an assistant professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he is editor of Birmingham Poetry Review and director of the English Honors Program. He is the author of Out of Speech and The Coal Life and coauthor of Day Kink and According to Discretion.

Juliana Gray is the author of Honeymoon Palsy and two other poetry collections. She is a professor of English at Alfred University in western New York.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside