R186. CANCELLED: Taking Up Space: Fat Poets Enlarge the Canon

Status: Not Accepted

Room 206A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


This panel of fat poets will outline the aesthetics, concerns, and issues our poetry explores. All bodies carry multiple narratives. Negating one aspect of who we are leads to devaluing us as a whole. Fat identity is being created, in part, by writers who come out of the closet as fat and tell the full stories of their lives. Though widespread fatphobia creates obstacles for writers of size, we will explore how fat writers are overcoming those obstacles and enlarging the canon.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2019_Event_Outline.docx



Claudia Cortese's first book, Wasp Queen, won the Devil's Kitchen Award in Emerging Poetry from Southern Illinois University. Cortese was awarded an OUTstanding faculty ally of the year certificate from Montclair State's LGBTQ+ Center. She is an associate editor at Tupelo Quarterly.

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.

Jennifer Jackson Berry is the author of The Feeder and the chapbook Bloodfish. Her second full-length collection, a memoir-in-verse, will be published in 2020. 

Eduardo C. Corral is the author of the forthcoming Guillotine. He teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center