A Tribute to Gerald Locklin

Room 2208, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Saturday, February 10, 2024
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Gerald Locklin was a defining voice on the American poetry scene with over 3,000 published poems. Along with Edward Field, Locklin helped cultivate a style of poetry that was accessible, witty, humorous, and unpretentious, known as "Stand-Up Poetry." Sadly, in 2021, Locklin, like so many, lost his life to the Covid virus. This panel of five people, including writers, former students, and publishers, will pay tribute to his extraordinary life, writing, influence, and support of other artists.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Outline_PDF.pdf



Clint Margrave is the author of several books of fiction and poetry, most recently, Visitor. He is also editor of the forthcoming collection, Requiem for the Toad: Selected Poems of Gerald Locklin, due out in late 2023 from NYQ Books. He teaches at California State University, Long Beach.

Donna Hilbert’s latest books are Threnody (Moon Tide Press, 2022) and Gravity: New & Selected Poems (Tebot Bach, 2018). Poems have appeared in Cultural Daily, Gyroscope, Sheila-Na-Gig, Rattle, Zocalo Public Square, ONE ART, numerous anthologies, and features including the Writer’s Almanac.

Raymond P. Hammond is the editor-in-chief of both the New York Quarterly and NYQ Books. He holds an MA in independent study: American poetry from NYU’s Gallatin School and is the author of Poetic Amusement. He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dave Newman is the author of seven books, including four novels, two poetry collections, and The Same Dead Songs: A Memoir of Working-Class Addictions. He lives in Trafford, Pennsylvania, the last town in the Electric Valley, and teaches at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg.

Lori Jakiela is the author of seven books, including the memoir Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth Maybe, which received the William Saroyan Prize in International Literature from Stanford University. She is professor of English and director of the undergraduate writing program at Pitt-Greensburg.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center