F255. The Civics of Literature

Room 7, 8, & 9, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Join the leaders of GrubStreet, The Loft, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and Hugo House to discuss the role narrative can play in addressing the deep cultural divisions we face today and in helping to reimagine the common good. They will share programs they've launched which address the refugee crisis, extreme poverty, homelessness, and juvenile detention, discuss the relevance of narrative to building a healthier culture, and lead a discussion with attendees to generate new ideas.


Eve Bridburg is the founder and Executive Director of Grub Street, one of the country’s leading writing centers. She is also a former literary agent with ZSH Literary Agency, where she's edited and sold bestselling and award-winning nonfiction and fiction.

Tree Swenson is executive director of Hugo House in Seattle. She was previously Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets. A former AWP board president, her work in the literary arts began with cofounding Copper Canyon Press, where she was publisher and Executive Director for twenty years.

Michael Henry is cofounder and Executive Director of Lighthouse Writers Workshop, an independent creative writing center located in downtown Denver. His poetry and nonfiction have appeared in places such as The Writer, 5280 magazine, Georgetown Review, Threepenny Review, and Copper Nickel.

Britt Udesen joined the Loft in 2015 as its Executive and Artistic Director. Before that, she served as the Executive Director of the Cabin in Boise, Idaho and has held leadership positions at Storyfort Literary Festival, The Sun Valley Center for the Arts, and the Textile Center of Minnesota.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside