Redefining “Southern”: A Poetry Reading with The Southern Collective Experience

Rooms 338-339, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Friday, March 10, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Join members of The Southern Collective Experience, a diverse cooperative of artists, for a reading from their recently published collections, demonstrating the vast range of topics and experiences explored in contemporary Southern poetry. Combining the experience of Southern natives and transplants alike, these five poets speak their truths in distinct and diverse voices, while celebrating community and redefining Southern.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: 01.18_.23_Event_Outline_for_AWP_Reading_Redefining_Southern_.pdf



Nicole Tallman is the author of Something Kindred (SCE Press, 2022). She serves as poetry ambassador for Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and poetry editor for The Blue Mountain Review. Her next two books are forthcoming from Redacted Books and Really Serious Literature, respectively.

Ashley M. Jones is the Poet Laureate of Alabama and the author of three award-winning poetry collections, most recently Reparations Now! (Hub City Press, 2021).

Jack B. Bedell is professor of English and coordinator of the creative writing program at Southeastern LA University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. He was appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to serve as Louisiana Poet Laureate 2017–2019.

Clifford Brooks was born and raised in Athens, Georgia. Two major collections of poetry, founder of the Southern Collective Experience, editor in chief of the Blue Mountain Review, and host of Dante's Old South. He's an educator with UCLA, Teachable, and Pleasant Hills Montessori School.

J.D. Isip is a full-time professor and writer. His poetry, plays, short fiction, and academic essays have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals. Publications include Pocketing Feather (2015) and Number Our Days (2023). He occasionally contributes interviews to The Blue Mountain Review.


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