Building Virtual Community
Thursday, March 9, 2023
10:35 am to 11:50 am
During the pandemic, podcasts, online journals, virtual classrooms, and online arts organizations became vital community hubs. These virtual spaces provide access to the literary community across barriers like geography, income, disability, and parenthood, and are uniquely positioned to build inclusive communities. Representatives from Breaking Form Podcast, Think in Ink, Couplet Poetry, Wednesday Night Poetry, and Night School Bar consider the work, joy, and struggles of building virtual community.
Rebecca Lehmann's poetry collections include Ringer (Pitt Poetry Series) and Between the Crackups (Salt). Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Tin House, Copper Nickel, Ploughshares, and other venues. She is assistant professor at Saint Mary's College, and editor of the journal Couplet Poetry.
James Allen Hall is the author of two books of poems: Romantic Comedy (Four Way Books, 2023) and Now You’re the Enemy (2008). They also authored a book of lyric essays, I Liked You Better before I Knew You So Well. They teach at Washington College and direct the Rose O'Neill Literary House.
Kai Coggin (she/her) has authored four poetry collections, is a Queer POC, and a K–12 Teaching Artist with the Arkansas Arts Council. Named “Best Poet in Arkansas” by the Arkansas Times, her fierce poetry has won Best of the Net 2022 and been nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize, three time for Best of the Net, and Best American Poetry 2015.
Khalisa Rae (she/her) is an author of three books, one debut forthcoming from Red Hen Press. Her recent work has been seen in Damaged Goods, Tishman, Sundog Lit, Crab Fat, and Glass Poetry. She is the managing equity and inclusion editor of Carve magazine and writing director at Shaw University.