F226. Dual Citizens: Scientist-Poets on Intersections, Inquiry, and Creative Paths

Room 210A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


How do scientific backgrounds intersect with creativity in the arts, and what emerges from dual immersion in fields with widely varied ways of seeing? As poets from chemistry, physics, engineering, and medicine, we’ll explore questions of process, models, sources, and relationships to language. We’ll reflect on paths to poetic education and practice, and the influence of the ways in which science includes and excludes people and ideas, even as it fosters international collaboration.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: DualCitizens_AWPEventOutline_Dec29.docx
Supplemental Document 1: Dual_Citizens_ParticipantStatements.docx
Supplemental Document 2: Poems_DualCitizens.docx



Lisa Rosenberg is the author of A Different Physics. She holds degrees in physics and creative writing, and worked as an engineer in the space program. A former Stegner Fellow and pilot, she was 2017/18 Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California, and will be a 2020 Djerassi Resident Scientist-Artist.

Liz Howard is the author of Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent, winner of the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her poems explore Euro-Anishinaabe inheritances through an array of texts and landscapes. She holds an MFA, and a BS in cognitive neuroscience. She works in research on the aging brain.

Zubair Ahmed’s debut collection, City of Rivers, was published while he was a student at Stanford University, where he studied creative writing and earned a BS and MS in mechanical engineering. He is a senior software engineer and manager at a San Francisco Bay Area startup.

Jim Johnstone is a Toronto-based poet, editor, critic, and reproductive physiologist. He is the author of five poetry books, most recently The Chemical Life, which explores mental illness and addiction. His work has received numerous awards including Poetry’s Editors Prize for Book Reviewing.

Adrienne Drobnies is the author of Salt and Ashes and editor of a French poetry collection, Poèmes sur Mesure. She has a PhD in chemistry from UC Berkeley, and worked at a genome center. A graduate of the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio, she received the 2017 Gwendolyn MacEwen Award.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center