You Say 'Narrative' Like it's a Bad Thing

Room 2210, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Friday, February 9, 2024
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


The term "narrative" has sometimes been used pejoratively to describe poetry that is lacking in innovation, just as "feminine" has been used to describe language that is indirect or internal. This panel challenges these notions, exploring narrative as a radical poetic technique that gives voice to complexity and the lived experience of women. Panelists will discuss how they use storytelling in their poetry, suggest approaches to narrative poetics, and read from their work.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: You_Say__Narrative__Like_its_a_Bad_Thing.pdf



Sonia Greenfield is the author of five books of poetry: All Possible Histories (RIYT 2022), Helen of Troy is High AF (Harbor Editions 2022), Letdown (White Pine), American Parable (Autumn House), and Boy with a Halo at the Farmer's Market (Codhill). She teaches at Normandale College in Minneapolis.

Chloe Martinez is a poet and a scholar of South Asian religions. The author of the collection Ten Thousand Selves and the chapbook Corner Shrine, she is associate director of programming for the Center for Writing & Public Discourse at Claremont McKenna College.

Abby E. Murray (MFA & PhD) is the editor of Collateral, a literary journal concerned with the impact of violent conflict and military service beyond the combat zone. Her first book of poetry, Hail and Farewell, examines the conflict between civilian and military life from a feminist perspective.

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.

Amanda Moore’s debut collection of poetry, Requeening, was published as part of the National Poetry Series and was finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Her poems, translations, and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies including Best New Poets, Catapult, Lit Hub, and ZZYZYVA.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center