S187. Contemporary Poems and Their Making

B117-119, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


This reading features a selection of contributors to The Eloquent Poem, a new anthology arranged by poetic mode in which writers discuss the crafting of their included poems. These renowned poets read exemplars of an array of approaches—including the prose poem, the list poem, ars poetica, collage, ekphrasis, to name a few—and then discuss their poems’ genesis, offering insight into not only their writing but entire subspecies of poetry.



Elise Paschen is the author of The NightlifeBestiary, and Infidelities, winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. She has edited many anthologies, including The Eloquent Poem and Poetry Speaks. Former Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, she teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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.

Kimiko Hahn finds material from disparate sources including: black lung, Japanese zuihitsu, and science, as in Brain Fever, one of her nine collections. Awards include a Guggenheim. She teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Translation, Queens College-CUNY and she is board president of Poetry Society of America.

Randall Mann is the author of four collections of poetry, including Straight Razor and Proprietary; and a book of criticism, The Illusion of Intimacy: On Poetry. He lives in San Francisco.

Gabriel Fried is the poetry editor at Persea Books, where he has worked since 1999, and a professor in the graduate creative writing program at the University of Missouri. He is the author of two books of poetry, The Children Are Reading (2017) and Making the New Lamb Take (2007).


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center