R192. The Poet Confronts History: The Art of Research for Creative Writing

Room 202B, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Writers are increasingly exploring historical events and archives for material, often to engage with the diverse, and sometimes silenced, voices of our past. Our panelists, poets known for their work with history, discuss creativity in the research process, venues for publication, and strategies for landing research-oriented writing fellowships. Moderated by the editor of the Poetic Research column at Common-place, the journal of early American history and culture.



Robert Strong is the author of several books of poetry and hybrid work, including Puritan Spectacle, Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry (ed.), Manufact Hologram, and Bright Advent. He is the founding editor of Poetic Research at Common-place.org

Cole Swensen is the author of fifteen books of poetry and a book of critical essays and is the coeditor of the Norton anthology American Hybrid. A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, she is also a translator, and won the 2004 PEN/USA Award in Translation. She teaches in literary arts at Brown University.

Brian Teare is the author of five critically acclaimed books of poetry, most recently Companion Grasses and The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven. An assistant professor at Temple University, he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

Jessica Jacobs is the author of the chapbook In Whatever Light Left to Us and Pelvis with Distance, winner of the New Mexico Book Award for Poetry, an Over the Rainbow selection by the American Library Association, and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry.

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers has published four books of poetry, including The Glory Gets. Most recently, she received a poetry fellowship from the Witter Bynner Foundation and a fiction fellowship from Aspen Summer Words Conference. She is associate professor of English at the University of Oklahoma.


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