Hybridity and the Case of the Active Reader

Room 2102A, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Contemporary writers turn to hybridity to grapple with social upheaval and political uncertainty at this critical time. This panel looks at how poets hybridize their work and teach their readership to dissolve genre borders, while asking for a curious and active response from their audience to the way poetry blurs, disrupts, and alters genres. Authors of recent poetry collections will gather to read work that negotiates hybridity as a creative space through linguistic innovation and inquiry.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Event_Outline.pdf



Clara Burghelea is a Romanian-born poet, editor, and translator. Winner of the Robert Muroff Prize in Poetry, she received her MFA in poetry from Adelphi University in 2018. Her second collection Praise the Unburied was published in 2021 with Chaffinch Press.

Felicia Zamora is the author of six poetry collections including I Always Carry My Bones (Iowa Poetry Prize). Her poems appear in Boston Review, Guernica, Orion, The Nation, and others. She is an associate professor of poetry at the University of Cincinnati and associate poetry editor for Colorado Review.

Lauren Brazeal Garza is a PhD. candidate in literature at UT Dallas. Her published poetry collections include Gutter, which chronicles her homelessness as a teenager. Her recent work includes an epistolary novel of poems and flash fiction that features fictional interviews with Texan ghosts.

Jennifer Militello is the author of the memoir in essays, Knock Wood, as well as five collections of poetry: The Pact; A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments; Body Thesaurus; Flinch of Song; and Anchor Chain, Open Sail. She teaches in the MFA program at New England College.

Sam Moe (she/her) is a queer writer of multiple genres with three poetry books published or forthcoming. She received her PhD in creative writing from Illinois State University and her MFA in creative writing from Converse College. Sam currently teaches at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center