Writing through Apocalypse: Poets at the End of the World

Room 447-448, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Friday, March 10, 2023
10:35 am to 11:50 am


How do we write about the dystopian present while making room for possible worlds beyond this one? How might a poetics of apocalypse open space for grief, rage, and resiliency? Three queer poets of color read from their new collections and discuss their approaches to writing through the apocalypses of the past, present, and future.



Franny Choi is the author, most recently, of The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On (Ecco). Honors include the Lilly/Rosenberg Fellowship, the Holmes Prize, and the Elgin Award. The founder of Brew & Forge, she is a poetry editor at Massachusetts Review, and she teaches at Bennington College.

Saeed Jones is the author of three books, including the memoir How We Fight for Our Lives, winner of the Kirkus Prize and the poetry collection Prelude to Bruise, winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. His new book, Alive at the End of the World, was published by Coffee House Press.

Brenda Shaughnessy is the Okinawan/Irish American author of seven poetry books, including 2023's Tanya, and Liquid Flesh: New and Selected Poems (UK.) Other books include The Octopus Museum and Our Andromeda. She is a professor of English and creative writing at Rutgers University-Newark.


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Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center