S171. Poetry Celebrates

Oregon Ballroom 201-202, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


To many, poetry is angst-ridden (which much of it is) or impenetrable (which it shouldn’t be). Yet there has always been a deep strain of celebration in poetry: indeed, more poetry celebrates than it denigrates, castigates, ruminates. The democratic spirit will hover over this panel as each of its members reads a poem (not his or hers) that celebrates. The panelists will talk about their choices, and then audience members will be asked to read their own favorite poems of celebration.



David Kirby's collection The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2007. His latest poetry collection is Get Up, Please. See also www.davidkirby.com.

Patricia Smith's books include Incendiary Art (2018 Kingsley Tufts winner, 2018 Pulitzer finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner), Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize winner), and Blood Dazzler (2008 National Book Award finalist). A 2014 Guggenheim fellow, two-time Pushcart Prize winner, Smith is a professor at CUNY and in Sierra Nevada College's MFA program.

Adrienne Su is the author of four books of poems, most recently Living Quarters. A 2007 NEA fellow, she is the poet in residence at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

Ira Sukrungruang is the author of the nonfiction books Buddha’s Dog & other Meditations, Southside Buddhist, and Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy. He teaches in the MFA program at University of South Florida and is the editor of Sweet: A Literary Confection.

Kai Carlson-Wee is a poet, photographer, and the author of Rail. His award-winning poetry film, Riding the Highline, has screened at film festivals across the country. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he is a lecturer at Stanford University.


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