R159. From Poverty to Poetry

Auditorium Room 1, Level 1
Thursday, April 9, 2015
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


What sounds and silences emerge from poverty? Does poetry rise up out of poverty like a phoenix from the ashes? Poets from working-class backgrounds will discuss how growing up poor has shaped their journey toward poetry, how it shades their relationship to language, how it influences their poetics, and how it affects the way they interface with the literary world. Poets will discuss the relationship between class and poetry and explore what it means to write with class consciousness in mind.



dawn lonsinger is the author of Whelm. She holds an MFA from Cornell University, a PhD from the University of Utah, and she is professor of creative writing at Muhlenberg College. Her poems and lyric essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Best New Poets, and elsewhere.

Eduardo C. Corral is a CantoMundo fellow. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2012, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. Slow Lightning, his first book, won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and an NEA Fellowship.

Jane Wong's poems have appeared in Volta, Hayden's Ferry Review, Salt Hill, Best New Poets 2012, and others. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa, and is the recipient of fellowships from Bread Loaf, Squaw Valley, Kundiman, the Fine Arts Work Center, and the Fulbright US Student Program. 

Rachel McKibbens is the author of two full-length books of poetry, Pink Elephant and Into the Dark & Emptying Field. She is a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and co-curator of the series Poetry & Pie Night.

Airea D. Matthews, a Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, is a 2014 Pushcart Prize nominee and a former Helen Zell Postgraduate Fellow in poetry at the University of Michigan, where she earned her MFA in poetry and was awarded the 2011 Michael R. Gutterman Prize. Her nonfiction prose, poetry, and fiction have appeared in a number of periodicals. She serves as associate editor for Shuf Poetry.



March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

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