R159. Protean Acts: The Art of Reinvention

Room 202A, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
10:30 am to 11:45 am


How do we avoid writing the same poem our entire lives? How do we frame reinvention from project to project? When can the pressures of reinvention become limiting and when transformative? How does material success and failure affect artistic change? Five poets try to shed light on these questions by providing ideas, inspiration, and one poem from their own reinvention projects.


Victoria Chang's new book of poems, Barbie Chang, is forthcoming. Her most recent book, The Boss, won the PEN Center Literary Award and a California Book Award. She also writes children's books and teaches poetry at Chapman University.

Dana Levin is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Banana Palace. A recipient of honors from the Rona Jaffe, Whiting, and Guggenheim Foundations, she splits her time between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Maryville University in St. Louis, where she is Distinguished Writer in Residence.

Sarah Vap is the author of five collections of poetry and poetics. Her most recent book is Viability.

Jaswinder Bolina is author of the poetry collections Phantom Camera and Carrier Wave and of the digital chapbook The Tallest Building in America. He teaches on the faculty of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Miami.

Brian Teare


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside