R219. Voice, Style, Difference

B110-112, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Find your voice! But how? Where is it? We hold that voice is a result rather than a means. So we look at the relation of voice to style, as we consider how a poet's stance and "voice" are enabled--even created--by compositional features like idiom, syntax, form, and measurement, as these "technical" practices lead toward both poetry and personality. In other words, how is voice an accomplishment of style? Panelists will range through history and their own experience as critics and poets.



David Baker is a poet, critic, and editor whose recent books include Swift: New and Selected Poems (forthcoming), Show Me Your Environment (essays), and Never-Ending Birds, winner of the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. The Poetry Editor of Kenyon Review, he teaches at Denison University.

Ann Townsend is a poet and essayist, and author of Dear Delinquent, The Coronary Garden, Dime Store Erotics, and Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry (with David Baker). She directs the Creative Writing Program at Denison University; in 2009, she cofounded VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Jos Charles is author of feeld, a winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series, and Safe Space, a finalist for the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry. She is a recipient of the 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. Charles has an MFA from the University of Arizona and is pursuing a PhD in English from UC Irvine.

Solmaz Sharif is the author of Look, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Granta, the New Republic, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.


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