S309. Any Color You Like: Inspiration in the Twenty-First Century

Portland Ballroom 252, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Saturday, March 30, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Philosopher Hélène Cixous says writing is a “preknowing and not knowing….” Like painting, “[writing] occurs where blindness and light meet.” Naturally the two mediums can cross-pollinate. In this panel five poets acknowledge the importance of the conversation amongst poets and painters. These poets find inspiration by examining the work of Henri Matisse, Anselm Kiefer, René Magritte, Agnes Martin, and Giorgione in a discussion of inspiration in the twenty-first century.



Michelle Mitchell-Foust is the author of six poetry collections, including Circassian Girl. She co-edited Dead and Undead Poems and Monster Verse, and she was the winner of an NEA grant, the Elixir Press Prize, and the Nation Award. She is a Drizzle Review Editor and affiliate faculty at OSU.

Donald Revell is the author of twelve collections of poetry—most recently of Tantivy and The Bitter Withy. He has also published five volumes of translations from the French, including works by Apollinaire, Laforgue, and Rimbaud.

Ann Huang is an author, poet, and filmmaker based in Newport Beach. She has authored one chapbook and two poetry collections. She wrote and directed the award-winning films Palpitations of Dust and Indelible Winter. For more information about Huang’s experimental shorts visit SaffronSplash.com.

Stephen Yenser is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at UCLA. He is the author of three books of poems, the most recent of which is Stone Fruit, and three books of criticism as well as the coeditor of five volumes of James Merrill's work.

Ralph Angel is the author of Your Moon (Green Rose Poetry Prize), Exceptions and Melancholies (PEN USA Poetry Award), and Neither World (James Laughlin Award of The Academy of American Poets). He is also the award-winning translator of the Federico García Lorca collection, Poem of the Deep Song.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center