S171. Bread on the Waters: How Giving to the Community Gives Back

Grand Salon D, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


“A poet is somebody who opens your imagination when you think you don’t have any,” wrote a first grader during a WITS residency in a small Ohio town. But how are writers’ own imaginations opened by the work we do in our communities, cities, and schools? As writers who have taught or served in libraries, community organizations, schools, and youth development programs, we reflect on how community engagement deepens our own creative work and affects our artistic practice as writers.



Lynn Powell's third book of poems, Season of the Second Thought, won the 2017 Felix Pollak Prize. Her nonfiction book, Framing Innocence, won the 2010 Studs and Ida Terkel Author Award. She teaches in the Oberlin College creative writing program, where she is director of Oberlin WITS.

Lauren Clark holds a BA in Classics from Oberlin College and an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan, where they were the recipient of four Hopwood Awards.  They have received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers Conference and the New York State Summer Writers Institute, and collaborate with Etc. Gallery in Chicago.

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants, the coauthor of the book of poems Home Court, and the cohost of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods. He is a graduate of Harvard University, the marketing manager at Young Chicago Authors, and a winner of a 2016 Poets House Emerging Poet Fellowship.

Emily Brandt is the author of three poetry chapbooks. Poems from her series Air Age are forthcoming (2017) in the anthology Inheriting the War. She's received fellowships from NYU, Saltonstall, and Poets House. She's cofounding editor of No, Dear and the Web Acquisitions editor for VIDA.

Alan Feldman's Immortality won the 2016 Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry. A new collection, The Golden Coin, won the Four Lakes Prize and will be out in March 2018. He's been published in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Poetry, and Best American Poetry (twice).


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