Raising More Than One Voice: Polyvocal and Multivocal Poetics

Room 2102B, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


What happens when the speaker becomes a collective? Or when the self fractures into multiplicity? Polyvocal and multivocal poetics demand that we explore not a first telling nor a retelling, but a faceted nonlinear narrative. Join panelists as they explore how expanding the speaker confronts the limitations of the self and the canon in search of solidarity and belonging.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2024_Outline_Polyvocal_Poetics.pdf



Asa Drake is a Filipina American poet and essayist in Central Florida. She has received support from the 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest, Tin House, and Idyllwild Arts. Her chapbook One Way to Listen was selected by Taneum Bambrick as the winner of Gold Line Press’s 2021 Poetry Chapbook Contest.

Jimin Seo is the author of Ossia, a winner of The Changes Book Prize. He earned his MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. His most recent project, Poems of Consumption, is a collaboration with artist Hamed Sinno premiering at the Barbican Centre in London.

Emily Lee Luan is the author of 回 / Return, a winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize, and the PSA chapbook I Watch the Boughs. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, her work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2021, American Poetry Review, Lit Hub, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Rutgers–Newark. 

Saretta Morgan is author of the poetry collection Alt-Nature and the chapbooks Feeling Upon Arrival and room for a counter interior. Her work engages ecologies and forms of connectivity that manifest in the shadows of militarism, incarceration, and ecological trauma.

Justin Rovillos Monson


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center