The Hybrid Poem & Its Myriad Possibilities

Thursday, March 24, 2022
12:10 pm to 1:10 pm


Juxtaposing modes of expression, the hybrid poem allows for discursive, expansive thought. For these poets, “hybrid” can refer to hybridity of genre, form, literary influences, and the use of “unpoetic” materials, like scientific writing or computer programming. Hybrid poems explode the syntactic, intellectual, and formal directions contained in every poem and make them visible to the reader. This panel will highlight the ways the hybrid poem can stretch the boundaries of contemporary poetry.



Jill Bialosky’s five poetry collections include the recent Asylum. She’s authored three novels, recently The Prize, and two memoirs, New York Times Best Seller History of a Suicide and Poetry Will Save Your Life. Her writing appears in the New Yorker, Paris Review, and more. She is an editor at W.W. Norton.

Kimiko Hahn finds material from disparate sources: identity, current events/history, nature, science, the Japanese zuihitsu. In her tenth book, she explores iterations of foreign bodies. Awards include a Guggenheim. She teaches in the MFA program in creative writing and translation at Queens College, CUNY.

Brenda Hillman is the author of ten collections of poetry, most recently Extra Hidden Life, among the Days. She is a chancellor at the Academy of American Poets, teaches at St. Mary’s College of California, and is the poetry director at Community of Writers.

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is the author of Travesty Generator, a book of computational poetry longlisted for the 2020 National Book Award in Poetry. The author of several works, they currently direct the MFA program at UMASS Boston and edit for Black Ocean Books and Persea Press.

Paisley Rekdal is the author, most recently, of Appropriate: A Provocation and Nightingale. A Guggenheim fellow and Utah's poet laureate, she teaches at the University of Utah, where she edits the web archive project Mapping Literary Utah.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center