R170. CANCELLED: That’s Hot: Women Poets Take Back the Sonnet

Room 217D, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


For centuries, the sonnet has been championed as a masculine poetic form. From Petrarch’s Laura to Shakespeare’s Dark Lady, women have been situated as objects of desire not artistes of innovation. Female poets largely wrote under the shadow of tradition. Recently, the sonnet has become a hotbox of modernization, and women are at the center. In this panel, five award-winning female poets explore the sonnet and its radical prospects.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Thats_Hot_Sonnet_Outline.docx



Sara Henning is the author of View from True North, winner of the 2017 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Award. Winner of the Crazyhorse Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize and the Poetry Society of America's George Bogin Memorial Award, she teaches at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Kim Addonizio's latest books are a collection of poems, Mortal Trash, and a memoir, Bukowski in a Sundress. She is the author of six other poetry collections, two novels, and two books on writing poetry: The Poet's Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius.

Moira Egan’s seventh poetry collection, Synæsthesium, won the New Criterion Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in anthologies and journals on four continents. With Damiano Abeni, she has published volumes in Italian by Ashbery, Bender, Ferlinghetti, Lerner, Simic, Strand, Charles Wright, and Ocean Vuong.

Patricia Smith's books include Incendiary Art (2018 Kingsley Tufts, 2018 Pulitzer finalist, LA Times Book Prize), Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2013 Lenore Marshall), and Blood Dazzler (2008 National Book Award finalist). She is a Guggenheim fellow, twice a Pushcart winner, and a professor at CUNY and in Sierra Nevada's MFA program.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center