R154. Beyond Frost's Fences: New England Poetry with Ethnic Roots

Room 7, 8, & 9, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


This reading will provide a diverse, post-Frost perspective of New England landscapes from the eyes of poets from various ethnic communities. Each of these poets, with Salvadoran American, Native American, African American, and Cuban American backgrounds, examines New England landscapes in the context of the definition of "home," expanding the definition of New England poetry while refusing to allow their work to be fenced in.


Jose B. Gonzalez is the author of Toys Made of Rock and When Love Was Reels; he is the coeditor of Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature. His poetry has been anthologized in the Norton Introduction to Literature, The Wandering Song, and Theatre Under My Skin.

Cheryl Savageau is the author of Mother/Land and Dirt Road Home which was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She has won fellowships in poetry from the NEA and MA Artists Foundation. Her forthcoming memoir is Out of the Crazywoods.

Frederick-Douglass Knowles II is a poet, educator, and activist involved in community education and the performing arts in Southern New England. He is an associate professor of English at Three Rivers Community College and the author of the poetry collection, BlackRoseCity.

Bessy Reyna is the recipient of awards and honors (Center for the Book, AHHE) and the author of Memoirs of the Unfaithful Lover and The Battlefield of Your Body. She has works published in literary magazines and anthologies in the US and Latin America including recently Paterson Review and Voces de America Latina.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside