F236. New Poetic Visions of the West

E143-144, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Western landscapes have featured prominently in the American nature writing canon for the last 200 years. But what role can perspective play in re-envisioning poetry about the West? Using techniques from queer theory, ecopoetry, and cinema studies, these poets present historic and contemporary visions of the West that defy convention and upset tradition. Panelists will discuss how they explore themes of immigration, identity, language, and intimacy in their poems set in the West.


Alyse Knorr is the author of the poetry books Mega-City Redux, Copper Mother, and Annotated Glass, as well as the chapbooks Alternates and Epithalamia and the non-fiction book Super Mario Bros. 3. She teaches at Regis University and serves as a coeditor of Switchback Books.

Kate Partridge is the author of the poetry collection Ends of the Earth. She is a Research Enhancement Fellow at the University of Southern California, where she is pursuing a PhD in creative writing and literature. She edits Switchback Books.

Sean Hill, the author of two books of poems, Dangerous Goods and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor, is an assistant professor at UA-Fairbanks. His honors and awards include a fellowship from the NEA. His poems have appeared in journals and in anthologies including Black Nature and Villanelles.

Lee Ann Roripaugh is the author of four volumes of poetry. She directs the creative writing program at the University of South Dakota, and is Editor in Chief of South Dakota Review. Roripaugh currently serves as the state Poet Laureate for South Dakota.

Olena Kalytiak Davis is the author of four books including: The Poem She Didn't Write and Other Poems and And Her Soul Out of Nothing (Britingham Prize). The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, her poems have appeared in numerous volumes of the Best American Poetry series.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center