S113. Tell Don’t Show: A Panel on Poetic Statement

A105, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Long verboten in creative writing pedagogy, poetic “telling” offers a range of ways to enrich a poem’s purpose, tone, and texture. This panel features five poets discussing the import, in their work and the work of others, of poetic statement—that is, a mode of discursive, rhetorically inflected language set apart from a poem’s system of images. How, this panel asks, does poetic statement not only complicate a poem’s aesthetic procedures, but also enable it to speak back to regnant ideology.



Corey Van Landingham is the author of Antidote, winner of the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry. She is a recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a former Wallace Stegner Poetry Fellow at Stanford University.

Christopher Kempf is the author of Late in the Empire of Men, and the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, NEA Fellowship, and Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford. A recent Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College, he is a PhD student in English Literature at the University of Chicago.

Philip Metres is the author of a number of books and chapbooks, including Sand Opera, Pictures at an Exhibition, A Concordance of Leaves, and To See the Earth. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry, has garnered a Lannan Fellowship, two NEAs, the Hunt Prize, and the Cleveland Arts Prize.


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