R260. Ain’t Got Time to Die: Immortality in the New World

B117-119, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Is it still true that poets are moved by glory, the hope “that in black ink my love may still shine bright,” as Shakespeare put it in Sonnet 65? Do poets still seek the immortality of their works? Should they? Does the immortality of poems matter in a world in which the value of a human life (especially if that life is black, disabled, gay, or a non-English speaker) is so often in danger? This panel considers the value of the idea of immortality to poem and person.



Katie Peterson is the author of four books of poetry including The Accounts (winner of the 2014 University of North Texas Rilke Prize) and A Piece of Good News. She directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of California, Davis.

Matthew Zapruder is editor at large for Wave Books, and teaches poetry in the Saint Mary's College of California MFA. His most recent book of poems is Sun BearWhy Poetry, is his book of prose. 

Safiya Sinclair is the author of Cannibal, winner of the Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Whiting Writers' Award, and named an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. She has won a Pushcart Prize, fellowships from Yaddo, Bread Loaf, and the Poetry Foundation.

Jericho Brown celebrates his latest book, The Tradition, at this year's AWP. A Guggenheim fellow and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University, he also wrote Please and The New Testament. His poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and TIME magazine.


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