R138. CANCELLED: I’d Rather Break Your Heart: A Tribute to Poet James Tate

Room 217C, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


“I love my funny poems, but I’d rather break your heart. And if I can do both in the same poem, that’s the best.” —James Tate, 1943–2015. Five poets read and explore the work, life, and craft of James Tate, whose funny, heartbreaking, and chilling poems thwarted expectations of what poetry is and does. As Tate’s distinctive style made imitation impossible and even embarrassing, our panelist discuss the influence of one of America’s most celebrated surrealists on their widely diverse styles.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

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Matthew Zapruder is editor at large for Wave Books, and teaches poetry in the Saint Mary's College of California MFA. His most recent book of poems is Sun Bear. Why Poetry, a book of prose, was published in summer 2017.

Dorothea Lasky is the author of six books of poetry and prose, including most recently, Milk, and the forthcoming, Animal. She is an associate professor of poetry and director of the undergraduate creative writing program at Columbia University's School of the Arts.

Jaswinder Bolina is author of the poetry collections The 44th of July, Phantom Camera, Carrier Wave, and the digital chapbook The Tallest Building in America. He teaches on the faculty of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Miami.

Nikki Wallschlaeger is the author of two full-length collections of poetry as well as two artist book projects and several chapbooks. She attended University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Her work is feminist, Black-centered, and interrogates class and intersectionality.

Jennifer L. Knox's fifth book of poems, Crushing It, is forthcoming. Her poems have appeared four times in the Best American Poetry series, the New Yorker, the New York Times, and American Poetry Review.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center