F262. Poetry on the Big Screen

Room 17, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


With recent blockbuster films like Patterson and Neruda, poetry has been having a Hollywood moment on the screen. While poetry and film have had a long history, increased interest in indie filmmaking and social media has made it possible for poets to reach a larger, more diverse audience through multimedia. Five panelists–who have directed award-winning poetry films, documentaries, and visual poems–will screen their work and discuss the process of adapting poetry to the big screen.


Kai Carlson-Wee is a poet and filmmaker. His work appears in Ploughshares, Narrative, The Missouri Review, and he is the director of the award-winning poetry film, Riding the Highline. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he is a lecturer at Stanford University.

Sarah Rose Nordgren is author of the poetry collections Best Bones and Darwin's Mother. Her poems and essays appear widely in national journals, and she creates collaborative, intergenre text art under the name SmartSnow. Nordgren is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Cincinnati.

Todd Boss is a poet, installation artist, librettist, and film producer. As the founding artistic director of Motionpoems, Inc., he has produced 100+ poetry films. His newest poetry collection is Tough Luck. His newest work for choir premiered at Kennedy Center.

Michele Poulos is a filmmaker, poet, and screenwriter. Her feature-length documentary film, A Late Style of Fire, had its world premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival and is an official selection at six more festivals. Iris Press published Black Laurel, her first full-length poetry collection.

Jamaal May’s poetry explores the tension between opposites to render a sonically rich argument for the interconnectivity of people, worlds, and ideas. He is the author of Hum and The Big Book of Exit Strategies, and recipient of numerous honors and awards.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center