F290. I Keep My Eyes Open and Have to See: The Poetry of Laura Jensen

A105, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


“I keep my eyes open and have to see / if something is terribly wrong here,” writes Laura Jensen in “The Creature from the Black Lagoon.” Jensen’s plain-spoken, psychologically dense poetry is a poetry of perception, liminality, wonder, terror, dailiness, unpredictability, surrealism, and interiors literal and figurative. Join five poets as they discuss the singularity of Jensen’s voice, her place in the poetry of the late 20th century, and why her work deserves a wider audience today.



Molly Spencer's poetry has appeared in Copper Nickel, FIELD, Gettysburg Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares. Her critical writing has appeared at Colorado Review, Kenyon Review Online, and The Rumpus. She holds an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop and is the poetry editor at The Rumpus.

Kevin Prufer is the author of How He Loved Them, Churches, In a Beautiful Country, and National Anthem. He is codirector of the Unsung Masters Series, and Professor at the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program and the Lesley University Low-Residency MFA Program.

Miguel Murphy is the author of Detainee and A Book Called Rats, winner of the Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry. He teaches at Santa Monica College in Southern California.

Sharon Bryan is the author of four books of poems, most recently Sharp Stars. She edited Were We Stand: Women Poets on Literary Tradition, and coedited (with William Olsen) Planet on the Table: Poets on the Reading Life. She is on the faculty of the low-residency MFA Program at Lesley University.

Joy Manesiotis


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