F245. What We Really Tell When We Tell of Home: The Resonant Poetics of Narrative

Meeting Room 9 & 10, Marriott Waterside, Third Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Writers of color discuss the contemporary mandate for re-imagining the relevance, scope, and use of narrative in their work. Set against the context of traditions that seemingly view the use of auto/biographical and narrative types of writing in poems with suspicion because of their association with the merely confessional, this panel seeks to argue for the potency and continued relevance of narrative in poems, in the formal and poetic sense, and beyond their subjective or cathartic value.


Luisa A. Igloria’s books include Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (2014 May Swenson Prize), The Saints of Streets, and Juan Luna's Revolver (2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize). She teaches at Old Dominion University, where from 2009–15 she directed the MFA creative writing program.

Nishat Ahmed is a Bengali American poet working towards an MFA at Old Dominion University. His works revolve around blending spoken word elements with musical punk confessionalism. His poems thematically tie in mental illness, language, immigration, racism, and place.

Tim Seibles has published several collections of poetry, including Buffalo Head Solos, Fast Animal—a finalist for the National Book Award in 2012—and, most recently, One Turn Around The Sun. He is a professor of English at Old Dominion University and the current poet laureate of Virginia.

Cornelius Eady is the author of eight poetry collections including Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, winner of the 1985 Lamont Prize, and Brutal Imagination. He holds the Miller Chair at the University of Missouri and is cofounder of Cave Canem.

Amanda Galvan Huynh has been a recipient of a 2016 AWP Intro Journal Project Award and a 2017 Sewanee Conference Tennessee Williams Scholarship. Her work was a finalist for the 2015 Gloria Anzaldua Poetry Prize, and she has received a scholarship from the Sundress Academy for the Arts.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside