F212. Male Poets Writing Home and Hearth

Room 407, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

 

The Victorian idea that differing propensities of each gender fit them for different positions in society is seen in these lines from Tennyson: "Man for the field and woman for the hearth: / Man for the sword and for the needle she.” Many female writers rebelled at the thought that their subject matter should be resigned only to matters of the hearth, but the reverse was not common. Few men—even in our “sensitive, new-age dad” era—write much about domesticity. This panel offers work by men who do.

Moderator:

John Hoppenthaler's books of poetry are Domestic Garden, Anticipate the Coming Reservoir, and Lives of Water. He has also coedited Jean Valentine: This-World Company. Editor of A Poetry Congeries, he is an associate professor of creative writing and literature at East Carolina University.

Geffrey Davis is the author of Revising the Storm, winner of the A. Poulin Prize. His honors also include a Cave Canem fellowship, the Anne Halley Prize, the Wabash Prize, the Dogwood Prize, and the Leonard Steinberg Memorial/Academy of American Poets Prize. He teaches at the University of Arkansas.

Jon Pineda is the author of the novel Apology, winner of the 2013 Milkweed National Fiction Prize. His memoir Sleep in Me was a B&N Discover Great New Writers selection. His poetry collections include The Translator's Diary and Birthmark. He teaches creative writing at the University of Mary Washington.

James Harms is the author of nine books of poetry including, most recently, Comet Scar and What to Borrow, What to Steal. His awards include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and three Pushcart Prizes. He teaches in the MFA program at West Virginia University.

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