R281. The Influence Lab

Portland Ballroom 251, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Thursday, March 28, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Poets discuss the power and dangers of influence. What, for example, are the hazards of appropriation? The pleasure of homage, borrowing, theft, allusion? This panel illuminates ongoing conversations poets have with their precursors, examining how contemporary poets have challenged, extended, deepened, and reinhabited earlier texts and art. Highlighting the many kinds of influence that fuel our work, this panel provides useful strategies for transforming a classroom into an "Influence Lab."



Catherine Barnett has received the James Laughlin Award, a Guggenheim, and a Whiting. Her third book of poems, Human Hours, was published last fall. Author of The Game of Boxes and Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced, she is core faculty at NYU and is a distinguished lecturer at Hunter.

Hafizah Geter's poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The New YorkerMcSweeney's, Tin House, Boston ReviewGulf CoastNarrative Magazine, among others. On the board of VIDA, she is an Editor at Little A from Amazon Publishing.

Mary Szybist is most recently the author of Incarnadine, winner of the 2013 National Book Award. She teaches at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Vievee Francis is the author of three poetry collections, Blue-Tail FlyHorse in the Dark, and Forest Primeval. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry (2010, 2014, 2017), and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry among other places.

Michael Morse is the author of Void and Compensation, which was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize. He teaches at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and he is a poetry editor at The Literary Review.


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