R112. The Long and Winding Road: Book-Length Poems and Poetic Sequences

Marquis Salon 9 & 10, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
9:00 am to 10:15 am


The long poem is experiencing a renaissance as ambitious poets seek a wider space in which to explore multiple narratives, voices, themes, and experiences, and reflect the complexity of both private and public life. Discussing their recently published and forthcoming books, the panelists share creative strategies, discuss their influences (other poets and poems, other works of art), and provide inspiration for those considering or already undertaking this creative journey.



Matthew Thorburn is the author of six collections of poetry, including Dear Almost, A Green River in Spring, and This Time Tomorrow. He works in corporate communications in New York City.

Shanna Compton's books include Brink, For Girls & Others, Down Spooky, and Gamers. The Hazard Cycle, a book-length speculative poem, is forthcoming. She has edited long sequences by Maggie Nelson, Jennifer L. Knox, Danielle Pafunda, and Peter Davis, among others. She is the founder of Bloof Books.

R. Erica Doyle's first book, proxy, was a Lambda Literary Awards Finalist and winner of the Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America. She is a fellow of Cave Canem.

John Gallaher is the author of two chapbooks and five books of poetry, most recently, In a Landscape, as well as coeditor of The Akron Series in Poetics, the Laurel Review, and Time Is a Toy: The Selected Poems of Michael Benedikt.

Katrina Vandenberg is the author of two books of poems, The Alphabet Not Unlike the World and Atlas. She is an assistant professor in the creative writing programs at Hamline University, where she also serves as poetry editor for Water~Stone Review.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Convention Center