F217. Collaborative Play: Prose Poetry as Creative Research

Virginia Barber Middleton Stage, Sponsored by USC, Exhibit Hall, Tampa Convention Center, Third Floo
Friday, March 9, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


This panel will reflect on an international project in which writers based in the UK, Australia, and Singapore wrote and shared prose poems in the spirit of experimental play. An email exchange, initiated by three poets, eventually involved twenty-four poets from nine universities, generating over 2,500 poems in two years. The discoveries, in terms of personal and collaborative practice, the value of creative play, and the capabilities of the form itself, have been significant, with a wide range of outputs.


Paul Munden is postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Canberra, and program manager for the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI). He is director of the UK's National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE). His recent collections include The Bulmer Murder and Fugue.

Jen Webb is director of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research at the University of Canberra, Australia. A poet and cultural theorist, Jen publishes widely on creative writing, creative research, and the relationship between art and society; and both publishes and exhibits her poetry.

Paul Hetherington is professor of writing at the University of Canberra, head of the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI) there and a founding editor of the international journal Axon: Creative Explorations. An award-winning poet, his eleventh poetry collection is Gallery of Antique Art.

Cassandra Atherton is a writer, academician, and critic. A Harvard Visiting Scholar in English, she is the recipient of several grants and has judged major poetry awards. She is the poetry editor of Westerly magazine and her most recent books of prose poetry are Trace and Exhumed.

Andrew Melrose is professor of children’s writing at the University of Winchester, UK. He has over 150 film, fiction, nonfiction, research, songs, poems, and other writing credits, including thirty-three scholarly or creative books. He is currently working on The Boat http://theimmigration-boat-story.com


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside