R147. The Heart is a Muscle: Poetry of Protest

A105, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Anger, outrage, and indignation have pushed us into the streets, marching for women, for immigrants, for Black lives. Yet, rage alone will not feed us; social change requires both respite and revelry to be sustainable. As Emma Goldman noted, a revolution without dancing isn’t worth having. To embody this spirit, established and emerging poets read their poems of protest, embracing both tenderness and fury as their work invites us to recognize ourselves in our enemies, our hearts in each other.



Amie Whittemore is the author of Glass Harvest and an educator. Her poetry has been recognized with a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize and featured in North American ReviewSmartish PaceGettysburg Review, the Missouri Review Poem of the Week, and elsewhere.

Kendra DeColo is the author of My Dinner with Ron Jeremy and Thieves in the Afterlife. She has received awards and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Millay Colony, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. She cohosts the podcast RE/VERB at Third Man Books.

Cortney Lamar Charleston is the author of Telepathologies. He has received a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation Literary Festival and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants, and the co-host of the podcast, The Poetry Gods. He is a recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, & the Conversation Literary Festival. His first book, Citizen Illegal, is forthcoming.

Matthew Olzmann is the author of two collections of poems, Mezzanines and Contradictions in the Design. He teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.


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