S179. Poetry Flash at 42: Four Decades of Chronicling and Reviewing the West’s Literary Scene

Room 606, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Current and former Poetry Flash editors and contributors will discuss the Flash's four decades of chronicling the dynamic literary scene in the West, beginning in the San Francisco Bay Area, then expanding to Southern California, Southwest, and Pacific Northwest. Covering significant controversies and trends, the Flash has been both forum and catalyst for the development of Western literary communities, remaining open to all forms of poetics. Panelists will relive this history, theory, and debate.



Alan Soldofsky, the author of a new collection of poems, In the Buddha Factory,  has published three previous chapbooks of poetry: Holding Adam, Staying Home, and Kenora Station. He is a Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at San Jose State University.

Jana Harris teaches poetry online at the University of Washington. Her most recent book is Horses Never Lie about Love, a memoir. She is the founder of Switched-on-Gutenberg, one of the first and longest ongoing poetry journals of the English-speaking world.

Joyce Jenkins is editor of Poetry Flash, Literary Review & Calendar for the West/Poetryflash.org, author of Portal and Joy Road. Chair of Northern California Book Reviewers, his honors include an American Book Award, PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Litquake Barbary Coast Award.

Rusty Morrison's books of poetry include Beyond the Chainlink; After Urgency, winner of the Dorset Prize; Book of the Given; the true keeps calm biding its story, winner of the Sawtooth Prize, Academy of American Poets’ James Laughlin, DiCastagnola from PSA; and Whethering, winner of the Colorado Prize. She is co-publisher of Omnidawn.

Richard Silberg is associate editor of Poetry Flash/Poetryflash.org and author of The Horses: New and Selected Poems, Paterson Poetry Prize finalist; Deconstruction of the Blues, PEN-Oakland Award-winner; and co-translator of Ko Un's This Side of Time and The Three Way Tavern, an NCBA-winner.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center