S218. Loud Because We Have to Be: Literary Advocacy in Today’s World, Sponsored by WITS

Room 7, 8, & 9, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Words have the power to change lives, but how can we work together to ensure our words are heard? Panelists will discuss how they became deeply invested in the communities they live in and serve, and what you can do to team up with others for quick, effective advocacy. They will also discuss best practices for managing your professional career and writing life alongside community efforts.



Tina Cane is a poet, teacher, and the founder/ director of Writers-in-the-Schools, Rhode Island. Her books include The Fifth Thought, Dear Elena: Letters for Elena, and Once More With Feeling. She serves as Poet Laureate of Rhode Island.

Diane Luby Lane is the founder and executive director of Get Lit – Words Ignite, one of the largest teen literacy nonprofits in the nation, and author of the award-winning Get Lit Rising.

Erin Belieu is the author of four poetry collections, including Slant Six, chosen by The New York Times as one of the ten best books of 2014. Recent poems appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, and The New York Times's T magazine. Belieu directs Florida State University's creative writing program.

Britt Udesen joined the Loft in 2015 as its Executive and Artistic Director. Before that, she served as the Executive Director of the Cabin in Boise, Idaho and has held leadership positions at Storyfort Literary Festival, The Sun Valley Center for the Arts, and the Textile Center of Minnesota.

Amalia Kruszel


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center