S282. See Visions, Dream Dreams, Prophecy & Speak Parables: The Visionary Challenge

B110-112, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


William Blake’s ecstatic invitation to access the most singular aspects of our interior lives is obviously a daunting challenge, particularly in a world where these types of knowing are discounted or ignored. Five writers reflect on the difficulties of responding to Blake’s call by reading recent work that attempts to bring half-glimpsed worlds into view, envisions new parables, braids image and text together, all as means of gaining entrance into these visionary modes of imagining the world.



Mark Conway's third book of poetry, Rivers of the Driftless Region, is just out from Four Way Books. His two previous books are Dreaming Man, Face Down, and Any Holy City. He has received fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the McKnight and Jerome Foundations.

Nick Flynn is a poet, playwright, and memoirist. His most recent book is Stay, a collection of collaborations and writings. I Will Destroy You, a collection of poems, is forthcoming. His work has been translated into fifteen languages.

Jenny Xie is the author of Eye Level, recipient of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Holmes National Prize from Princeton University. She teaches at New York University.

Nicole Sealey is the author of Ordinary Beast and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and elsewhere. She is the executive director at Cave Canem Foundation, Inc.

Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, composer, performer, and Torah scholar. She is the author of Divinity School (selected by C.D. Wright for the 2015 APR/Honickman First Book Prize) and Fruit Geode


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