F290. Writers Organizing the Future

Salon F, Washington Convention Center, Level One
Friday, February 10, 2017
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


As the planet spins into deeper social and environmental crises, how can writers participate in finding solutions? Whether we care or not, our voices are out in the world. Panelists explore writers' unique tools and social connections and see what has worked in the past and what could be in the mix? Issues include the environment, labor, and grassroots organizations with or without a cultural component. Is action a writer’s responsibility? No, no more than any other citizen.



Kimiko Hahn finds material from disparate sources: black lung, Japanese zuihitsu, and science as in Brain Fever, one of her nine collections. Her awards include a Guggenheim fellowship. She teaches in the MFA program in creative writing and translation, Queens College, CUNY and is President of the Poetry Society of America.

zakia henderson-brown is a Pushcart-nominated poet, Cave Canem fellow, and Poets House Emerging Poets fellow. She serves as associate editor and outreach coordinator at nonprofit publisher The New Press, and on the board of the Brooklyn Movement Center.

Elizabeth Bradfield is author of Once Removed, Approaching Ice, and Interpretive Work. Founder of Broadsided Press, she works on ships as a naturalist and teaches at Brandeis and in the University of Alaska Low-Residency MFA Program.

Christopher Shannon is the founder/coeditor of Cellpoems, a poetry journal published via text message and online. He is a recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Mid-American Review, and Denver Quarterly, among other places.


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