R282. Good Grief: Creating Art Through Tragedy and Loss

Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


How do you confront a life-threatening accident or the death of a loved one? To achieve healing, artists have the rare opportunity to transform their trauma into something beautiful and helpful to others. Retelling personal hardship is a vulnerable and challenging endeavor that must resist solipsism. Join this diverse panel of authors as they share their personal experiences with writing about and through grief and discuss its importance as a painful yet transcendental journey.

Afaa M. Weaver is the author of fifteen collections of poetry, including the Plum Flower Trilogy, and several plays. His awards include four Pushcarts, an NEA, a Fulbright, the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Award, and the Phillis Wheatley Award. His new book is Spirit Boxing.

Sebastian Matthews is the author of a memoir and three books of poetry, most recently Beginner's Guide to a Head-on Collision. He's currently working on the serialized collage novel The Life & Times of American Crow and a collection of short essays entitled Beyond Repair: Off-White in America.

Chelsey Clammer is the author of BodyHome and Circadian, (winner of the 2015 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Manuscript Award). Her work as appeared in The Rumpus, Hobart, The Normal School, and many others. She's the essays editor for The Nervous Breakdown and an instructor with Women on Writing.

Adrianne Kalfopoulou


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside