The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood

111AB, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Saturday, March 26, 2022
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Is parenting all-consuming—or is it a complex and nuanced insight into life that adds depth and meaning to our creative practices? Contributors to the new anthology The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood share original writing in a conversation that navigates a range of transformative experiences including living with children both young and grown, being a single parent, experiencing infertility, having a transracial adoption, and being the birth parent in an open adoption.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: The_Long_Devotion_Poets_Writing_Motherhood_outline_for_AWP_2022.pdf



Nancy Reddy is the author of Double Jinx, winner of the National Poetry Series, Pocket Universe, and Acadiana. She is the recipient of a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Sustainable Arts Foundation.

Emily Pérez is the author of House of Sugar, House of StoneMade and Unmade; and Backyard Migration Route. With Nancy Reddy she coedited The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood. A CantoMundo fellow, she has received funding from Bread Loaf, Community of Writers, and Jack Straw.

Erika Meitner is the author of six books of poems, including Useful Junk, out from BOA Editions in 2022, and Holy Moly Carry Me, which won the 2018 National Jewish Book award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. She is a professor of English at Virginia Tech.

Joan Naviyuk Kane is the author of eight collections of poetry and prose. Her honors include a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Donald Hall Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She teaches at Harvard and Tufts, and she was founding faculty in the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Faylita Hicks (she/they) is the author of HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019), a finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry. They are a 2021 Shearing Fellow with Black Mountain Institute and currently serve as the 2021 poet in residence for the Civil Rights Corps.


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