R145. Flat Lands and Open Waters: Reading Hybridity into the Midwest

Room 211 A&B, Level 2
Thursday, April 9, 2015
10:30 am to 11:45 am


The paradigm of form has shifted to include hybrid works such as the poem novella, the lyric essay, the prose poem, and flash nonfiction. How do the challenges and rewards of living in the flatlands yield to a fluidity and hybridity in writing? These Midwestern authors, all published by the White Pine Press Marie Alexander series featuring prose poem and hybrid forms, will read work and discuss the confluence of aesthetics between living/writing from the midlands and having an openness to form.


Nickole Brown’s books include Sister and Fanny Says. She was an editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson, and she is an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and editor for the Marie Alexander Series.

Re'Lynn Hansen's chapbook of lyric essays is 25 Sightings of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker. Her book of essay poems, Some Women I Have Known, is forthcoming. Her novel was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. She has won the New South Prose Prize and the Prism Award in Creative Nonfiction. She is associate professor of creative writing.

Madelon Sprengnether is Regents Professor in English at the University of Minnesota. Her memoir and poetry publications include: The Normal HeartRivers, Stories, Houses, DreamsCrying at the Movies; and The Angel of Duluth. Great River Road and Near Solstice are forthcoming in 2015.

Alison Townsend is the author of two books of poetry, Persephone in America and The Blue Dress, and two chapbooks, And Still the Music and What the Body Knows. She is professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. A book of essays, The Name for Woman is River, nears completion. 

Rochelle Hurt is the author of The Rusted City, a hybrid collection of prose poetry and verse. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2013, Crab Orchard Review, Mid-American Review, and Kenyon Review Online. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati.


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