R222. A Winding Stair: Teaching Poetic Form

Room 14, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


This panel, made up of poets, scholars, and teachers, offers diverse perspectives on the place of poetic form in the contemporary classroom. How can a deep engagement with received forms shape student writing? What other opportunities for learning, writing, and thinking might experimenting with formal poetry offer? What can students learn about life and language from formal craft? The discussion will cover historical and literary contexts, while also sharing practical pedagogical techniques.



Richie Hofmann is the author of Second Empire and a recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. His poems appear in The New YorkerPoetryPloughshares, and other magazines. He is cofounder of Lightbox Poetry. He is a 2017–19 Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University.

Emily Leithauser is a visiting assistant professor at Emory University. Her book of poems, The Borrowed World, won the Able Muse Book Award in 2015 and was published. Her scholarship has appeared in The Hopkins Review and The Global South.

David Yezzi’s books of poems include Birds of the Air and the forthcoming Black Sea. He is editor of The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets. He is Chair of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and edits the Hopkins Review.

Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water. A Cave Canem fellow, his work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, and New England Review. He was a finalist for the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center