R230. CANCELLED: Frustrated Pastorals: Burning Fields, Ruined Gardens, Desert Shores

Status: Not Accepted

Room 214A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Once pastoral was code for nostalgia, escapism, idealization. Poets of late invoke pastoral as ecological engagement, as making palpable elusive realities in a virtual, counterfactual world. This panel returns not to fantasies of green space but to the tedium of the desert, frustration of difficult weather, alienation of ravaged shores, discomfort of exposure. Pastoral’s ancient contradictions may not idealize but rather realize the world, and our place in it, in an era of precarious climate.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Outline_Frustrated_Pastoral_KP_edit.docx



Joseph Campana is a poet, arts writer, scholar of Renaissance literature at Rice University, and author of The Book of Faces, Natural Selections, which won the Iowa Poetry Prize, and The Book of Life. He has received grants from the NEA, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the Houston Arts Alliance.

Katie Peterson is the author of four books of poetry including The Accounts (the winner of the 2014 Rilke Prize from the University of North Texas) and A Piece of Good News. She directs the creative writing program at the University of California at Davis.

Jennifer Elise Foerster is the author of Leaving Tulsa and Bright Raft in the Afterweather. A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, she has a PhD in literary arts from the University of Denver. She teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts Low-Residency MFA and the Rainier Writers Workshop.

Cecily Parks is the author of the poetry collections Field Folly Snow and O'Nights, and editor of The Echoing Green: Poems of Fields, Meadows, and Grasses. Her poems appear in The New Republic, The New Yorker, Tin House, and elsewhere. She teaches in the MFA program at Texas State University.

Sandra Lim is the author of two collections of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque and The Wilderness. She was awarded the Barnard Women Poets Prize and the Levis Reading Prize for The Wilderness. She is an associate professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center