R217. Poetry in Public Places, Sponsored by WITS

Room 5 & 6, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Why don’t people read poetry? Is it because it’s not right in front of them? Are there opportunities for putting poetry on a pedestal, or a city wall, or a sidewalk? Panelists will share their experiences putting poetry in the public eye, changing the perception of literature from inaccessible to interactive and inspiring. They will also share how you can build relationships in your community to create projects that directly impact communities.


Meggie Monahan received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston where she served as nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast. Meggie lives and works in Houston as program manager for Writers in the Schools (WITS).

Laurin Macios is Executive Director of Mass Poetry, a poetry outreach organization serving Massachusetts. She is a former program director of the Poetry Society of America and holds an MFA from the University of New Hampshire. Her work appears in a number of journals.

P. Scott Cunningham is the author of Ya Te Veo and serves as the director of O, Miami, a festival that aims for every single person in Miami to encounter a poem during the month of April, and the executive editor of Jai-Alai Books.

Martin Farawell directs the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. His work has appeared in a chapbook, Genesis: A Sequence of Poems, and in a variety of journals and anthologies, and his plays have been produced from Los Angeles to South Africa. He writes about poetry for Dodge’s Poetry Friday blog.

Aisha Sabatini Sloan is the author of The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White and Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit. She is a contributing editor for Guernica and the education programs coordinator at the University of Arizona Poetry Center


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside