R174. Walt Whitman’s Niece: Poetry and Popular Music

Room 606, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Thursday, February 27, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Popular music and its images reflect our changing values, desires, and identities, and offer poets a rich source of material and a key into social, political, and economic realities. Taking on punk, jazz, R&B, and celebrity culture, this panel explores the possibilities and implications of engaging with popular music through poetry, thinking not only about how poetry can illuminate popular music, but how music can help us reimagine poetry as a force of resistance and transformation.



Jeffrey Sirkin has written on the role of popular music in postmodern literature, and his poetry can be found in numerous journals. He is assistant professor in the Creative Writing Department at University of Texas El Paso, where he co-curates the Dishonest Mailman Reading Series.

Matt Hart is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless and Debacle Debacle. A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Steve Dickison directs the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives at San Francisco State University, and teaches there and at California College of the Arts. He co-edited Shuffle Boil, a magazine of poets and music with David Meltzer, and he is author of Disposed (poetry) and Wear You to the Ball.

Julia Bloch is the author of Letters to Kelly Clarkson, a poetry finalist for the Lambda Literary Award; coeditor of the poetics journal Jacket2; and associate director of the Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia. She holds an MFA from Mills College and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Harmony Holiday is the author of Negro League Baseball, winner of the Motherwell Poetry Prize. She runs a boutique production house devoted to the crossing between archiving, improvisation, myth, and black music.


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