Giving Place a Voice: Persona as a Tool for Redefining a City

Room 2105, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Saturday, February 10, 2024
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Place based writing has a long tradition in poetry; it also has considerable ethical concerns. What does it mean to claim a city as your own? When we write about location, what narratives are we creating or reinforcing? This discussion explores the archival nature of place-based writing while examining the impact of personifying place. What possibilities emerge when place becomes person? When land is given autonomy, what do we learn about it's values, culture, and residents?

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Event_Outline__(1).pdf
Supplemental Document 1: Poems_for_Giving_Place_a_Voice__(1).pdf
Supplemental Document 2: AWP_Panel_Handout.pdf



Brittany Rogers is a poet, writer, high school teacher, and lifelong Detroiter. She is editor-in-chief of Muzzle Magazine and cohost of VS Podcast. She has work published in Four Way ReviewUnderbellyMississippi Review, the Metro TimesOprah Daily, and Lambda Literary.

Joy Priest is the author of Horsepower, winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and editor of Once a City Said: A Louisville Poets Anthology (Spring 2023). She is a 2021 NEA fellow and an assistant professor of African American/African Diaspora poetry at the University of Pittsburgh.

Jake Skeets is the author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, winner of the National Poetry Series, American Book Award, Whiting Award, and Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He is from the Navajo Nation.

Jacqui Germain is a journalist and poet from St. Louis, Missouri. Winner of the 2021 CAAPP Book Prize, her debut poetry collection, Bittering the Wound, chronicles the 2014 Ferguson uprising. She has received journalism and poetry fellowships from Teen Vogue, Callaloo, Jack Jones Literary Arts, and more.

Karisma Price is the author of the poetry collection I'm Always so Serious (Sarabande Books, 2023). She hails from New Orleans, Louisiana and holds an MFA in poetry from NYU. She's received fellowships from Cave Canem and NYU and is currently an assistant professor of poetry at Tulane University.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center