F122. Sound Makes Sense: Reading the Lyric Sentence

Room 5 & 6, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Poets think in lines, prose writers in sentences; the best of both work from sound to sense, with an ear for the music in their compositions. This panel celebrates lyricism in prose, the play and craft at work in the artful sentence. Panelists perform close readings of great favorite sentences, discussing rhythm and breath, pauses and stops, and then on to the rhetorical strategies at work, the use of repetition, inversion, interruption, afterthought, pile-up, aside, and more.



Pearl Abraham is the author of four novels: the international bestseller The Romance Reader, Giving Up America, The Seventh Beggar, and American Taliban. The Seventh Beggar was a finalist for the Koret International Award in Fiction. Abraham is the editor of the webpage SforSentence.com.

Annie DeWitt's work appears in Granta, Tin House, Esquire, The Iowa Review, Guernica, The Believer, Los Angeles Review of Books, NOON, The American Reader, among others. She is the author the novel White Nights In Split Town City and the collection Closest Without Going Over, shortlisted for the Mary McCarthy Award.

Alan Sincic earned his MFA at Columbia and WNE. His novella The Babe won the 2014 Knickerbocker Prize, the short story "Sugar" aired on Seattle's Hollow Earth Radio, and recent stories have appeared in Hunger Mountain and The Greensboro Reveiw. Sincic teaches at Valencia College.

Baylea Jones is an MFA candidate at Western New England University. She serves as the MFA program assistant and is a managing editor at Common Ground Review. Her poems have appeared in Dig, Cactus Heart, and Leur Magazine, and her short story “Dad & I” received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train's Family Matters contest in 2016.

Ephraim Scott Sommers is a singer-songwriter and the author of The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire, winner of the 2016 Patricia Bibby First Book Award. He received his PhD from Western Michigan University and is assistant professor of creative writing at WInthrop University.


February 7–10, 2024
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