Stand (or Sit) and Deliver: Inviting Audiences into Poetry through Performance

Rooms 335-336, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Friday, March 10, 2023
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Creative writers use bodies and voices—pitch, volume, pacing—to shape tone. Writers may not all be actors, but if we can diversify and expand audiences through performance, why not call for more rehearsals? Panelists raise the curtain on backstage preparations to show how bodies' gestures, sounds, sizes, and movements can deepen the audience's connection to an imaginative world. Working within constraints, panelists model the small and larger techniques to gift an embodied lyric experience.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: OUTLINE_Submitted_AWP_2023.pdf



Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, author of Imperfect Tense (poems), four education books, and numerous articles and essays, was awarded 2015–2021 NEA Big Read grants, a Fulbright (2014) and artist residency (2017) in Mexico. She is professor of language and literacy education at the University of Georgia.

M. Nourbese Philip is a poet, essayist, novelist, and playwright and former lawyer who lives in the space-time of the city of Toronto. Author of five books of poetry, one novel, and three collections of essays, her most recent work, Zong!, is a genre-breaking, book-length poem which engages with law.

Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, Ukraine, and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, composer, performer, filmmaker, and Torah teacher. She is the author of two books of poetry and a book of essays; the creator of the film A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff; and the creator / performer of Girls in Trouble, a feminist indie-folk song cycle about Biblical women.

Joshua Nguyen


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