Admit It, You're Writing a Poem: Ars Poetica & the Awkward Confession

124, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Friday, March 25, 2022
9:00 am to 10:15 am


An ars poetica is a poem about poetry, one that makes an argument about what poetry should be or that explores why we write. In writing an ars poetica, though, poets must also confess to craft, artifice, and intention—to this strange thing we're doing, making art out of life. What else comes out when we pull back the curtain on our own making? What does this form give us permission to say? Panelists will read and discuss both their own work and key examples by others; audience Q&A will follow.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Ars_Poetica_Confession_Panel_Outline.pdf



Chloe Martinez is the author of two collections, Ten Thousand Selves and Corner Shrine, winner of the Backbone Press Chapbook Prize. She works at Claremont McKenna College, where she is staff at the Center for Writing & Public Discourse and lecturer in religious studies.

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach is a poet and author of The Many Names for Mother (Wick Poetry Prize), Don't Touch the Bones, and 40 Weeks. She is the Murphy Visiting Fellow in Poetry at Hendrix College in Arkansas.

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, was published recently.

Rachel Zucker is the author of ten books, including SoundMachine, MOTHERs, and Museum of Accidents, which was a finalist for the NBCC Award. An adjunct at NYU, Zucker is the host of the podcast Commonplace.

Matthew Olzmann is the author of three collections of poems: Constellation Route, Mezzanines, and Contradictions in the Design. He teaches at Dartmouth College and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.


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