F171. Beyond Confession: Women's Writing and a Radical Poetics of the Personal

AWP Bookfair Stage, LA Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Level One
Friday, April 1, 2016
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


"Confessional poetry" is often a coded term for poetry written by women and is disparaged as domestic, personal, and small. This panel examines ways in which the poetics of the personal and the everyday can subvert traditional gender binaries and move towards a radical reassessment of women's roles in literature and society. Five women read from their work and discuss their relationships to poetry of the body, the spirit, and the world.



Dorothea Lasky

Amber Tamblyn has been nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her work in TV and film. She has published three poetry books, including the critically acclaimed Dark Sparkler. Most recently, she adapted and directed the feature film Paint It Black, based on the novel by Janet Fitch.

Rachel McKibbens is the author of two full-length books of poetry, Pink Elephant and Into the Dark & Emptying Field as well as the chapbook Mammoth. She is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and cocurator of the series Poetry & Pie Night in upstate NY.

Deborah Landau is the author of three collections of poetry: The Uses of the Body, The Last Usable Hour, and Orchidelirium.  Her poems have appeared recently in the Paris Review, Tin House, the New Yorker, Poetry, and the New York Times. She directs the creative writing program at New York University.

Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, a finalist of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year by The New York Times. Her other books of include Lucky WreckThis Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency MFA program, and the 24Pearl Street online program for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelance writer splitting her time between Lexington, Kentucky and Sonoma, California.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center