F207. Poems and Poets from Between the Coasts

Florida Salon 5, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Living and working away from the East and West coasts, regional voices can complicate conversations about art, politics, current events, race, and class in illuminating and unexpected ways. What does verse coming out of the Midwest and South sound like today? What does a life in poetry look like there? Three poets—with roots in states including Michigan, Ohio, and Alabama—read and discuss place, inspiration, and finding community and opportunities.


Jenny Xu is the poetry editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Keith Leonard is the author of the poetry collection, Ramshackle Ode. His poems have recently appeared in the Academy of America Poets Poem-A-Day Program, Horsethief, and Copper Nickel. Keith teaches at The Wellington School, an independent school in Columbus, Ohio.

Marcus Wicker is the author of Silencer and Maybe the Saddest Thing. He is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, the Missouri Review’s Miller Audio Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, and the Fine Arts Work Center.

Rodney Jones is the author of eleven books of poems. His many honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Harper Lee Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Award, and he has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Griffin International Poetry Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside