F184. Decolonizing the Archive: Examining the Liminal Space Between Experience and Reality

Room 3 & 4, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Writers of diverse ideologies, regions, and cultural inheritances discuss how their poetics try to rectify an injury between language and history. In examining their methodologies, they seek answers to the following questions: What can be recovered from the residue of rhetoric and language that imposes its own historical record? How can poetry use imagery to describe a real environment that has collapsed under the idea of that environment? How can a poet give form to what has already been lost?


Mark Haunschild teaches writing at Arizona State University, where he serves as the faculty advisor of poetry for Superstition Review. He has been a member of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley since 2011.

Lauren Espinoza earned her MFA at Arizona State University where she currently teaches. She is the Workshop Coordinator for CantoMundo. Her poetry has appeared in New Border Voices: An Anthology, Pilgrimage, and Sinister Wisdom. Her manuscript was a finalist for the 2016 Andres Montoya Poetry Prize.

David Antonio Moody is a writing instructor at Arizona State University and audio editor for The Cortland Review. His poetry appears in Carolina Quarterly, Watershed Review, and Columbia Review. He completed his doctorate at Florida State University where he performed in the Flying High Circus.

Sara Sams is a poet and translator who teaches at Arizona State University’s College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. She is a graduate of Davidson College (BA) and ASU (MFA). She is a former translations editor for Hayden's Ferry Review and editorial assistant at Parnassus: Poetry in Review.

Bojan Louis is the author of the nonfiction chapbook Troubleshooting Silence in Arizona. His first collection of poetry is Currents. Louis teaches rhetoric and composition at Arizona State University.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside