S199. The California Prose Poem

Gold Salon 2, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor
Saturday, April 2, 2016
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


The prose poem has enjoyed particular success among California poets. The scenic landscape, the ethnic voices, and the meditative optimism have been favorite themes. Five Californian poets, each with a distinct approach to the prose poem, discuss why they chose to write in this form, and their strategies used to distinguish their work from lined poetry on the one hand, and discursive narrative on the other. Together they share what they have learned from their challenging, creative muses.



Brad Crenshaw has authored three poetry collections: My Gargantuan Desire, Propagandas, and Limits of Resurrection. He has published eleven articles in literary criticism and theory, and three articles in neuroscience. His fourth book, Genealogies, is forthcoming. His blog is Blue Islands, Blue as Ink.

Marilyn Chin's award-winning books include Hard Love Province and Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen. Her books have become Asian American classics and are taught all over the world. She is anthologized widely, most recently in The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry & The Penguin Book of 20th Century Poetry.

Gary Young is the author of seven volumes of poetry. His book No Other Life won the William Carlos Williams Award, and in 2009 he received the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. His latest book is Even So: New and Selected Poems. He teaches poetry and directs the Cowell Press at UC Santa Cruz.

Stephen Kessler is a poet, prose writer, translator, and editor. His recent books include Where Was I? (prose poems), Need I Say More? (essays), and Forbidden Pleasures by Luis Cernuda (translation). He is the editor and principal translator of The Sonnets by Jorge Luis Borges.

Christine Kitano


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center