S208. Writing In and Out of Worlds

Portland Ballroom 252, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Saturday, March 30, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


A reading by Wesleyan authors, illustrating differing experiences and methods of expression in 21st-century language arts. Whether reconfiguring the language of colonizing documents, staging stories to music, paring language into explosive soundbites, or questioning our perceptions by splicing language in unexpected ways, these poets illustrate how ethnicity, culture, sexuality, gender, and politics shape one’s work, and how poetry can be used to bear witness and to articulate the world we want.



Rae Armantrout's most recent books are Wobble and Partly: New and Selected Poems. An earlier book, Versed, won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2015, she received the Levinson Prize from Poetry Magazine.

Abigail Chabitnoy is a member of Tangirnaq Native Village in Kodiak, AK. She has an MFA from Colorado State University and was a 2016 Peripheral Poets Fellow. Her work has appeared in Tin House and Boston Review, among others. Her debut book, How to Dress a Fish, is forthcoming from Wesleyan in 2018.

sam sax is the author of Madness, the winner of the National Poetry Series selected by Terrance Hayes. His second book is Bury It. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lambda Literary, and the Michener Center.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center