F286. Beyond Voice: Teaching the Craft of Consciousness in Poetry

Portland Ballroom 255, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Friday, March 29, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


In workshops, much is made of a writer’s “voice.” But it may be more apt to think beyond this privileging of utterance and conversational tone to consider a more three-dimensional idea of how we shape a distinct consciousness on the page. In this panel, we discuss strategies for encouraging students to think beyond voice, offering ideas on how intellectual engagement, conceptual structures, poetic form, and the tensions of argument and rhetoric help build a fuller sense of a poem’s speaker.



Erin Belieu is the author of four poetry collections, including Slant Six, chosen by The New York Times as one of the ten best books of 2014. Recent poems appeared in The New YorkerPoetry, and American Poetry Review. Belieu teaches in the Florida State CW MFA/PhD program, and Lesley University's low residency MFA.

Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil’s GardenMixology, and The Big Smoke, which won the Anisfield-Wolf Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. His new book is Map to the Stars. He teaches at Indiana University in Bloomington and is Poet Laureate of Indiana.

Dana Levin is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Banana Palace. A recipient of honors from the NEA and the Library of Congress, as well as the Rona Jaffe, Whiting and Guggenheim Foundations, she serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Maryville University in Saint Louis.

Monica Youn's book Blackacre won the William Carlos Williams Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and Kingsley Tufts Award and longlisted for the National Book Award. Her previous book Ignatz was a finalist for the National Book Award. She teaches at Princeton.

Mark Bibbins is the author of three books of poems, the most recent of which is They Don't Kill You Because They're Hungry, They Kill You Because They're Full. He teaches in the graduate writing programs at The New School and Columbia University, and in NYU's Writers in Florence program.


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