S147. The Life and Work of Lucille Clifton

Ballroom A, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


There are many ways we honor the poets of our lifetimes. We memorialize them in collected volumes, establish contests, and we continue the discourse on their various works. Although she has amassed all fore-mentioned, if there is one poet worthy of more praise, it is Lucille Clifton. Seven years ago, cancer claimed the body she often celebrated in poems. Our panel will honor this poet great through a rousing homage of personal words, readings, and community conversation.



Reginald Dwayne Betts is a writer and poet. Four Way Books published his latest collection of poems, Bastards of the Reagan Era.

Jonathan Farmer is the editor in chief and poetry editor of At Length and critic at large for Kenyon Review. He previously served as the poetry critic for Slate.com. He teaches middle and high school English.

Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit and Arc & Hue, as well as the chapbooks Never Been Lois Lane and 7 x 7: kwansabas and the libretto "THE GREATEST!: An Homage to Muhammad Ali." She is a visiting lecturer in the First Year Writing Program at University of Illinois-Chicago.

Sidney L. Clifton is an Emmy-nominated producer with a nearly twenty-year career in animated and live action television series and longform content. In her current role as a creative recruiter for Riot Games, she juggles recruiting duties along with her independent content development and production.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

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