The Poetics of Film: Five Poets on the Influence & Impact of Cinema

Thursday, March 24, 2022
9:00 am to 10:00 am


Whether seen as adults or children, for pleasure or research, films can be as formative for a writer as any literary text. They can shape our aesthetics and our relationship with language and can provide a sense of lineage. They can awaken our civic consciousness and help us to see and be seen. In this panel, five poets will explore how the cinematic world has informed their poetic one and how films have inspired their craft, identity, and passion for the cross-pollination of artistic mediums.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

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Christopher Kondrich is the author of Valuing, a winner of the National Poetry Series and a finalist for the Believer Book Award, as well as Contrapuntal. Recent work appears in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Bennington Review, Kenyon Review, Paris Review, and Poetry Northwest.

Chase Berggrun is a trans woman poet and the author of R E D). Her work has appeared in Poetry, APR, Jubilat, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from New York University.

Jericho Brown celebrates his latest book, The Tradition, at this year's AWP. A Guggenheim fellow and the director of the creative writing program at Emory University, he also wrote Please and The New Testament. His poems have appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, and TIME magazine.

Sara Eliza Johnson is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in poetry, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, and Winter Fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, among other honors. Her first book, Bone Map, won the 2013 National Poetry Series. Her second book, Vapor, will be published in 2022.

Sally Wen Mao is the author of two poetry collections, Oculus and Mad Honey Symposium. She is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Public Library Cullman Center and the Jenny McKean Moore program at George Washington University.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center