R182. Poetic Strategies for Raising the Dead

A105, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


The dead often walk in and out of poetry as if they were still alive. How do poets achieve a seamless transit between worlds? Five poets will discuss their own and others’ techniques for realizing resurrection on the page. Also considered: the many purposes for bringing back the dead. How do poems enable us to mourn and commune with those not here? We will examine poetry's role in shaping our public and private histories, allowing us to rewrite those histories and new meaning to the past.



Owen Lewis, winner of the 2016 International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry & Medicine and 2016 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award, is a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, as well as author of four poetry collections poetry: March In San Miguel, Sometimes Full of Daylight, Best Man and Marriage Map.

Kamilah Aisha Moon is the author of Starshine & Clay and She Has a Name. A Pushcart prize winner, Moon was also selected as a PSA New American Poet. Widely published in journals and anthologies, Moon holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and teaches at Agnes Scott College.

Ben Purkert is the author of For the Love of Endings. His poems, essays, and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, AGNI, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. A contributing editor at Guernica, he teaches creative writing at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Kate Daniels is the author of five volumes of poetry, including In the Months of My Son's Recovery, forthcoming. She is Director of Creative Writing at Vanderbilt University, and also teaches writing at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis. She was a Guggenheim Fellow 2013–14.

Laure-Anne Bosselaar is the author of The Hour Between Dog & Wolf, Small Gods of Grief (Isabella Gardner Prize), and A New Hunger (ALA Notable Book). She taught at Sarah Lawrence College and teaches at the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program. Her fourth collection is, These Many Rooms.


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