R270. Protean Poetics in the 21st Century: Redefining Poetry & Place in a Placeless World of Global Communication

Room 613/614, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Thursday, February 27, 2014
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


What are the advantages or disadvantages of writing about a particular place in an age of placeless, electronic communication? How do particular notions of self, place, and image become more mobile, mimicking the medium or electronic manner in which they are conveyed? How has the content and language of poetry changed through the way that we communicate place? Join these five poets for a dynamic discussion and Q/A.



Mark Irwin is the author of seven collections of poetry, which include Large White House Speaking, Tall If, and Bright Hunger. Recognition for his work includes four Pushcart Prizes, two Colorado Book Awards, and fellowships from the Fulbright, Ruth Lilly, NEA, and Wurlitzer foundations.

Susan M. Schultz is author of several volumes of poetry and poetic prose, including most recently, Dementia BlogMemory Cards: 2010-2011 Series, and She's Welcome to Her Disease: Dementia Blog, Volume Two. She founded Tinfish Press in 1995.

Brynn Saito is the author of the poetry collection The Palace of Contemplating Departure, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award. Her poems have been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed; they have also appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Ninth Letter, and Hayden’s Ferry Review.

Paul Hoover has most recently published the poetry volumes Desolation: Souvenir, Sonnet 56, Edge and Fold, and Poems in Spanish. Editor of Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (1994 / 2013) and co-editor of New American Writing, he teaches at San Francisco State University.

Chad Sweeney is the author of six books of poetry and translation, most recently Parable of Hide and Seek, and Wolf’s Milk. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. He teaches in the MFA program at California State University San Bernardino.


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