F246. Poets Teaching Poets: Literary Mentorship and the Creative Life

Ballroom A, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Our greatest teachers are those who attend, with exquisite care, to our deepest creative impulses. They show us a path into our writing with an understanding that shapes us profoundly, as writers and as teachers. In this panel, we will reflect on our own mentors, including Stephen Dunn, Lorna Goodison, Galway Kinnell, Dorianne Laux, Philip Levine, and Jean Valentine, while considering what constitutes meaningful literary mentorship in the academy and in our broader writing communities.


Melissa Hammerle directs the Low-Residency MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Formerly she was director of the creative writing program at NYU and codirector of the Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y. She has served on the AWP Board and has taught at UVM and Middlebury College.

Kathleen Graber is the author of two collections of poetry, The Eternal City and Correspondence. She is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Malena Morling is the author of two books of poems, Ocean Avenue and Astoria. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and a Dianna L. Bennet Fellowship from The Black Mountain Institute. She teaches at The University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

Danielle Legros Georges is a poet, essayist, and professor at Lesley University. She is the author of two book of poems, The Dear Remote Nearness of You and Maroon.

Matthew Dickman is the author of All-American Poem, 50 American Plays, Mayakovsky's Revolver, Wish You Were Here, 24 Hours, and Wonderland. Matthew Dickman works as a freelance copywriter. He teaches at the low-residency program at VCFA.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside