R221. The Life of the Poet in the World

Room 502 A, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Only recent history has put poets into universities. In the past, poets have traveled, begged, and worked in insurance companies or as lawyers, surveyors, merchants, doctors, census takers. Although some of us now teach in universities, this is a gathering of poets who have worked outside of the academy—by choice, chance, struggle, and/or luck, surviving through audacity, guile, starvation, and love. Come hear the reasons, histories, work, and trajectories of these writing lives in the world.



Samuel Ace is the author of three collections of poetry: Normal Sex, Home in Three Days. Don’t Wash., and most recently Stealth, with poet Maureen Seaton. He is a a two-time finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and recipient of an Astraea Lesbian Writer's Fund Award in Poetry.

R. Erica Doyle was born to Trinidadian immigrant parents who were spirit-seeing agnostics. Her first book, proxy, is a Lambda Literary Awards finalist and winner of the Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America. She is a fellow of Cave Canem and lives in New York City.

CA Conrad is the author of seven books, including ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness. He is a 2015 Headlands Art Fellow, and has also received fellowships from Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Banff, Ucross, RADAR, and the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Sueyeun Juliette Lee edits Corollary Press, a chapbook series devoted to multiethnic innovative writing and writes reviews for The Constant Critic. Her books include That Gorgeous Feeling and Underground National.

Saeed Jones's debut poetry collection Prelude to Bruise was the winner of the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award and a finalist for the 2015 NBCC Award. He is a 2013 Pushcart Prize winner and a recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and Queer / Art / Mentors.


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