R173. From the Stanza to the Paragraph: Poets Who Write Prose

Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Why do poets turn to writing prose? What can a poem say that prose cannot and vice versa? Is the reason one chooses to write in one genre over the other about audience? About subject matter? What steps or process does a writer take to move from poetry to prose? How does being a poet impact one’s prose style? This panel will explore these questions and others. Five panelists will offer words of caution, success, and despair learned from their journeys in writing in more than one form.



Jill Bialosky’s four poetry collections include the recent The Players. She has authored three novels, recently The Prize, and two memoirs, New York Times bestseller History of a Suicide and Poetry Will Save Your Life. Her writing appears in The New Yorker, Paris Review, and more. She is an editor at W.W. Norton.

Gragory Pardlo's collection Digest won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He has received Guggenheim, NEA, and NYFA fellowships. His essay collection, Air Traffic is forthcoming. He teaches in the Rutgers-Camden MFA Program.

Harriet Levin Millan's three poetry books include The Christmas Show, winner of the Barnard New Women Poets Prize and the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award. Her debut novel How Fast Can You Run spans three continents. She directs the Program in Writing and Publishing at Drexel University.

Marilyn Chin's award-winning books include Hard Love Province and Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen. Her books have become Asian American classics and are taught all over the world. She is anthologized widely, most recently in The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry and The Penguin Book of 20th Century Poetry.

Joy Harjo has published eight books of poetry, the most recent Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings and the memoir Crazy Brave; four CDs of music; and books for children and young adults. Among her many honors are the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, a Guggenheim, and a NAMMY.


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