The More-Than-Human Multiverse: Celebrating the Poetry of Widening Circles

Room 337, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, March 9, 2023
10:35 am to 11:50 am


As poets and readers embrace the necessity of hearing a multiverse of human voices, it’s also necessary that we embrace the multiverse of the nonhuman. Though challenging, finding ways to "hear" the nonhuman can only enrich our writing. We will explore how that ethos, a new perspective on and attention to the nonhuman, has shaped the consciousness and work of contemporary poets, and what strategies we have found successful.



Marybeth Holleman is author of the poetry collection tender gravity and nonfiction books including The Heart of the Sound and Among Wolves. Raised in the southern Appalachians, she transplanted to Alaska's Chugach after falling for Prince William Sound just two years before the oil spill.

Gretchen Primack is the author of three poetry collections, Visiting Days, Kind, and Doris's Red Spaces, and a chapbook, and she is the coauthor of the memoir of Jenny Brown, The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals.

Mandy-Suzanne Wong is the author of Drafts of a Suicide Note (Regal House), a Foreword INDIES finalist; Listen, We All Bleed (New Rivers), an EcoLit Best Book of 2021; and Awabi, winner of the Digging Press Chapbook Award. Her novel The Box is forthcoming from Graywolf in 2023.

Megan Kaminski is a poet and essayist—and the author of three books of poetry, most recently Gentlewomen, and Prairie Divination, an illustrated collection of essays and oracle deck (with artist L. Ann Wheeler). She is an associate professor in English at the University of Kansas.

Donald Vincent is a poet and author of Convenient American (Broadstone Books 2020). He currently teaches at Emerson College–Los Angeles and has previously taught at UCLA and University of La Verne. He received his BA in writing from Loyola University and MFA from Emerson College.


February 7–10, 2024
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