Embodied Prosody, Embodied Sentences: Coping Mechanisms

Room 2103A, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


torrin a. greathouse asks, “What tools can prosody provide us with for cultivating an embodied poetics of disability?" Jenny Johnson suggests “Prosody can be a space for wrestling with and wrestling off old scripts, and also for generating the new ones that we need.” Oliver de la Paz argues that prose poems offer a specific vantage point for the “political” gesture of sentence making, while Brian Teare suggests that a collage-based prose practice can wire our sentences to our nervous systems.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: 2024_AWP_PANEL_OUTLINE.pdf



Brian Teare is the author of seven critically acclaimed books of poetry, most recently The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven and Poem Bitten by a Man. An associate professor at the University of Virginia, he lives in Charlottesville, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

Jenny Johnson is the author of In Full Velvet. She received a 2016–17 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University and a 2015 Whiting Writer's Award in Poetry. She teaches at West Virginia University and in the Rainier Writing Workshop's MFA program.

torrin a. greathouse is a transgender cripple-punk and essayist. She is the author of Wound from the Mouth of a Wound, winner of the 2022 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, as well as the forthcoming DEED. She teaches at Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA at Pacific Lutheran University

Oliver de la Paz is the author of six books of poetry and the poet laureate of Worcester, Massachusetts. His most recent book The Diaspora Sonnets was published in 2023 with Liveright Press. He is a founding member of Kundiman and teaches at the College of the Holy Cross and in theLow Res MFA Program at PLU.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center