F177A. Reinventing the Wheel: The Tradition of Innovation in Poetry

Portland Ballroom 256, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Friday, March 29, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Sidney famously writes, “And others’ feet still seemed but strangers in my way” (“Astrophel and Stella”). However, one would only need to read Homer, Virgil, and Dante, the letters between Wordsworth and Coleridge or Moore and Bishop, to recognize the long tradition of poets mentoring and inspiring other poets. The poets will challenge the notion that tradition and innovation are at odds by revealing how specific poems influenced them and led them to better understand different poetic elements.



Blas Falconer is poetry editor for The Los Angeles Review and teaches in the low-residency MFA at Murray State University. His third poetry collection, Forgive the Body this Failure, was published in 2018. Awards include an NEA Fellowship and the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange.

Kazim Ali is a poet, translator, essayist, and fiction writer. His books include InquisitionBright Felon, and Silver Road: Essays, Maps & Calligraphies. He is associate professor of creative writing and comparative literature at Oberlin College.

Jenny Johnson is the author of In Full Velvet. She received a 2016–2017 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University and a 2015 Whiting Writer's Award in Poetry. She teaches at West Virginia University and in the Rainier Writing Workshop's MFA Program.

Traci Brimhall is the author of three collections of poetry: SaudadeOur Lady of the Ruins, and Rookery. A recipient of an NEA Fellowship, she is an Associate Professor at Kansas State University and lives in Manhattan, KS.

Vandana Khanna is the author of two books of poetry: Train to Agra and Afternoon Masala as well as a chapbook, The Goddess Monologues. She is the copoetry editor of The Los Angeles Review.


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