F280. The Unreliable Speaker

Ballroom A, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


In an era of fake news and eroded trust, let's reconsider the unreliable speaker. What inaccessible territories, motivations, and truths does an unreliable speaker reveal? Panelists discuss vexed notions of truth, sincerity, persona, facts, performance, authority, illusion, self and the counterfeit self, all of which have taken on increasing urgency in the past year. This is a chance to challenge, revitalize, and prod the unreliable speaker to see where the limits lie.


Catherine Barnett has received the James Laughlin Award, a Guggenheim, and a Whiting Writers Award. Her third book of poems will be published this year. Author of The Game of Boxes and Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced, she works as an independent editor and teaches in the writing program at NYU.

Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre, which won the William Carlos Williams Award, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was longlisted for the National Book Award. Her previous book, Ignatz, was a finalist for the National Book Award. She teaches at Princeton.

Donika Kelly’s debut collection, Bestiary, was selected by Nikky Finney for the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and longlisted for the National Book Award. She is an assistant professor at St. Bonaventure University.

Roger Reeves was awarded a 2014–2015 Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House. His first book is King Me.

Natalie Scenters-Zapico is the author of The Verging Cities, winner of the 2017 PEN American/Joyce Osterweil Award. Her second book, Lima :: Limón, is forthcoming. Her most recent poems appear in Poetry, Tin House, Boston Review, and more. She teaches at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside