S231. The Art of Trauma

E145, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Trauma has been described as “speechless horror.” In this discussion, writers explore strategies to piece together stories about sexual abuse, domestic violence, addiction, and mental illness. The panelists consider how we write poetry and narratives about the debilitating consequences of trauma on the body, mind, and soul. In commenting on their own work and the work of others, they discuss the craft, ethics, and emotions in writing about and through trauma.


Susan Ayres, a poet and translator, is an MFA candidate of Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals. As a professor at Texas A&M University School of Law, she researches intersections between law, literature, and culture.

Wendy Chin-Tanner is the author of two poetry collections: Turn, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards and Anyone Will Tell You. A former academic in sociology, she is a founding editor at Kin Poetry Journal and poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown.

Alice Anderson's first poetry collection Human Nature won the NYU Prize and the Great Lakes Colleges Associations Best First Book Prize. Her second collection is The Watermark. A memoir, Some Bright Morning, I'll Fly Away is forthcoming.

Valerie Martínez's books of poetry include Absence, Luminescent, And They Called It Horizon, World to World, and Each and Her. She was the Poet Laureate of Santa Fe, NM from 2008–2010. Martinez is currently the Director of History and Literary Arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

C. Russell Price is an Appalachian, genderqueer, punk poet. Their chapbook Tonight, We Fuck The Trailer Park Out of Each Other explores class, race, sexuality, and gender in the South. They currently live and perform in Chicago where they teach creative writing at Northwestern University.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center