S187. The Supernatural School of Poetry

Room 618/619/620, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Poets have long turned to the supernatural as muse and as source for symbolic systems which shape their work; such poets include Blake, Yeats, James Merrill, Margaret Walker, and H.D. to name just a few. Hear from a Merrill scholar and from contemporary poets who are writing in this tradition, using symbols, rituals, magic, and automatic writing to investigate the relationship between spirit and our worlds.


Emily Warn's latest book is Shadow Architect. She served as founding editor of poetryfoundation.org.

Brenda Hillman has published nine collections of poetry, the most recent of which are Practical Water (2009) and Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (2013). She is the Filippi Professor of Poetry at St. Mary’s College and  an activist for social and environmental justice.

Robert Polito is the author of Hollywood & God; A Reader's Guide to James Merrill's The Changing Light at Sandover; and Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson. Formerly the founding director of the Graduate Writing Program at the New School, he is the President of the Poetry Foundation.

Dana Levin is the author of In the Surgical Theatre, Wedding Day, and Sky Burial. A recipient of honors from the Rona Jaffe, Whiting, and Guggenheim Foundations, she co-chairs the Creative Writing and Literature Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Norman Fischer is a Zen Buddhist priest and abbot. He has been publishing poetry since 1980. His latest books are Conflict and The Strugglers. He also writes books about meditation, Buddhism, and related subjects, and does readings, retreats, training, and workshops around the world.