S284. Modes of Storytelling in Poetry

B114, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Poets, like novelists and short fiction writers, are storytellers. But because poetry is generally a short form, the storytelling elements are often subtle and unconventional. Panelists will explore storytelling methodologies in poetry that include braided stories, implied stories, and fragmented stories. Some attention will be paid to narrative theory, but the primary focus will be practical. How do poets utilize storytelling devices, and how might narrative elements connect to lyric poetry?



Doug Ramspeck is the author of six poetry collections and one collection of short stories. A two-time recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, he is an associate professor at the Ohio State University of Lima, where he teaches creative writing.

Annie Kim is a poet, violinist & ex-attorney who works at the University of Virginia School of Law as an assistant dean. Her first collection, Into the Cyclorama, won the Michael Waters Poetry Prize and was selected as a finalist for the Foreword INDIE Best Poetry Book of the Year.

Laurel Blossom is the author of four volumes of lyric poetry, including Wednesday: New & Selected Poems, and two book-length narrative prose poems, Degrees of Latitude and Longevity. Blossom served as Poet Laureate of Edgefield, South Carolina from 2015–2017. She lives in Los Angeles.

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.

M'Bilia Meekers is a poet who has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Watering Hole, and Poets & Writers. She received her MFA from NYU and her work has previously appeared in The New Yorker, The Rumpus, Guernica, Split Lip Magazine, Best New Poets 2017, and other publications.


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