R185. The Poetry of Comics

Room 411, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


The combination of text and image holds the power to create indivisible meaning on the page. Just as poets ground their work in the arrangement of words, ordered by such elements as sound or sense, most cartoonist-poets gravitate toward comics’ foundational device of juxtaposition. The tradition of comics has created generous, exciting spaces for the poetic, lyric, and hybrid. In this panel, artists showcase and read from works that live at the intersection of the visual and the poetic.



Erica Trabold is an MFA candidate in nonfiction at Oregon State University, where she also teaches writing. Her essays and comics have appeared in Seneca Review, the CollagistProximity, and other journals. She is an MA graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Bianca Stone is the author of poetry collection Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, Antigonick (a hybrid collaboration with Anne Carson), and the forthcoming Selected Poetry Comics of Bianca Stone. She is cofounder and editor of Monk Books, and she runs the Ruth Stone Foundation in Vermont and Brooklyn.

Gabrielle Bates Stahlman is an MFA candidate at the University of Washington, associate editor of the Seattle Review, and twitter editor of Broadsided. Winner of Gigantic Sequins' Poetry Comic Contest and an Indiana Review contest finalist, her work appears in Guernica, Rattle, and Radar Poetry.

Alexander Rothman is a cartoonist and poet whose work has appeared in several journals and anthologies. He is publisher and coeditor in chief of Ink Brick, a micropress and eponymous journal dedicated to comics poetry. He is also cohost of Comics for Grownups, a comics review podcast.

Catherine Bresner's poetry has appeared in Ink Brick, The Pinch, H_NGM_N, Cream City Review, Burntdistrict, Handsome, Passages North, and elsewhere. She has been the coordinating editor for the Seattle Review, an intern at Wave Books, and she is currently the production editor for BOAAT Press.


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