R261. Superconductors: Poets & Essayists Channeling Science

Room 24, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


A generation of science writers emerged before fake news and overcame false divisions between scientific and creative inquiry. For these writers, the Voyager images, climatology, the human genome project, string theory, and other scientific ideas are part of the artistic palette, fully integrated with the stretch of literary imagination. Five leading essayists and poets forge connections between science and the literary arts.



William Stobb is the author of five poetry collections, including the National Poetry Series selection, Nervous Systems. He works as associate editor of Conduit and teaches on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.

Alison Hawthorne Deming is author of five poetry books, most recently Stairway to Heaven, and four nonfiction books including Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit. She is Agnese Nelms Haury Chair of Environment & Social Justice at the University of Arizona and a Guggenheim Fellow.

Michael Branch is professor of literature and environment at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the author or editor of eight books and more than 200 essays and reviews. His most recent books are Raising Wild and Rants from the Hill.

Kimiko Hahn finds material from disparate sources: black lung, Japanese zuihitsu, and science as in Brain Fever, one of her nine collections. Her awards include a Guggenheim. She teaches in the MFA Program in creative writing and translation, Queens College, CUNY and is president of the Poetry Society of America.

Anna Leahy's books include Tumor and Generation Space: A Love Story (nonfiction), Aperture and Constituents of Matter (poetry), and What We Talk About When We Talk about Creative Writing and Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom (pedagogy). She teaches at Chapman University.


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