R225. The Dancer from the Dance

Status: Not Accepted

Room 210A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


How can we, and do we want to, separate the writer from the writing? This panel will investigate how or whether we can separate the work, which we may like and even admire, from the author, who may have been racist, xenophobic, homophobic, anti-semitic, for instance, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, and Paul Claudel. We will also look into more recent examples of writers whose lives and political or social views may be problematic or even reprehensible, but whose work we may still want to read, admire, teach, and study.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: The_Dancer_from_the_Dance_Outline_3.pdf



Ralph Adamo is a Professor of English at Xavier University, where he edits Xavier Review and Xavier Review Press. He is the author of seven collections of poetry and the editor of several others, including the selected poems of Everette Maddox. He is past editor of New Orleans Review.

Mong-Lan, poet, writer, educator, author of seven books (Dusk Aflame) and three chapbooks, has won a Stegner Fellowship, Fulbright, Pushcart Prize, Juniper Prize, and more. Former professor with the University of Maryland in Tokyo, she has served as faculty and visiting writer-artist on numerous campuses. www.monglan.com

Jessica Smith's books of poetry include Life-List  and How to Know the Flowers. She teaches at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Michelle Taransky is the author of two books of poetry: Sorry Was in the Woods and Barn Burned, Then. Taransky is a critical writing fellow teaching writing at University of Pennsylvania and working as reviews editor for Jacket2.

Bill Lavender is the author of twelve books of poetry, most recently My ID, and The 3 Letters, a trillogy of novellas. He operates Lavender Ink / Dialogos. He is cofounder and codirector of the New Orleans Poetry Festival.


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