R249. CANCELLED: A Showcase of Fat Poets: An Unapologetic Celebration of Radical Visibility

Status: Not Accepted

Room 006B, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Poets of diverse aesthetics and body histories investigate public and personal stakes of embodied fat poetics/politics. Scholar Kathleen Lebesco argues fat is “neither simply an aesthetic state nor a medical condition” but a subversive “political situation.” Poets complicate and reimagine the thin, white, able, cis-male body assumed in contemporary poetics to allow for fatness. Can poetic craft connect a body of work and a physical body? What is the intersection of fat poetics and social justice?

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: A_Showcase_of_Fat_Poets_OUTLINE.docx


Jessica Rae Bergamino is the author of the full-length collection Unmanned, winner of Noemi Press' 2017 Poetry Prize, as well as several chapbooks. She is a doctoral candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah, where she is a Steffenson Cannon scholar.

Diamond Forde is a Tin House and Callaloo fellow whose work has appeared in Ninth Letter, Tupelo Quarterly, the Offing, and more. She is a recipient of the Margaret Walker prize and a finalist for the GA Poetry Prize, and her debut book, Mother Body, is forthcoming.

Simone Person is a dual MFA/MA at Indiana University and the author of Dislocate, winner of Honeysuckle Press's 2017 Fiction Chapbook Contest, and Smoke Girl, winner of Diode Editions' 2018 Poetry Chapbook Contest.

Rachel Wiley is a performer, poet, feminist, and fat positive activist from Columbus, Ohio. She is the author of two full length collections of poetry.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center