Poetic Experiments: Incorporating Play into Writing and Teaching

Room 337, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, March 9, 2023
9:00 am to 10:15 am


These innovative poets from various backgrounds and aesthetic schools will discuss the role that play takes in their creative work and pedagogy, focusing on approach and process and the various ways that linguistic, sonic, and visual play are part of their poetic and teaching lives. How can play make writing pleasurable? How can it provoke discovery for students? Some of the various roles of play that will be discussed are play as innovation, play as protest, and play as improvisation.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Poetic_Experiments_Outline.pdf



Kimberly Grey is the author of Systems for the Future of Feeling (2020) and The Opposite of Light (2016). She's the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. She received a PhD from the University of Cincinnati and lives and teaches in St. Louis.

Felicia Zamora is the author of six poetry collections including I Always Carry My Bones (Iowa Poetry Prize). Her poems appear in Boston Review, Guernica, Orion, The Nation, and others. She is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Cincinnati and associate poetry editor for CO Review.

Phillip B. Williams is the author of the poetry collections Mutiny (Penguin, 2021) and Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books). A recipient of a Whiting Award, Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Lambda Literary Award, he currently teaches at Randolph College low-res MFA.

Julie Carr is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, 100 Notes on Violence, Sarah–Of Fragments and LinesRAG, and Think Tank. Prose books include Surface Tension: Ruptural Time and the Poetics of Desire in Late Victorian Poetry and Objects from a Borrowed Confession. She lives in Denver.

Jehanne Dubrow is the author of nine poetry collections, including most recently Wild Kingdom, and two books of creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Poetry, New England Review, Colorado Review, and Southern Review. She is a professor of creative writing at the University of North Texas.


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