F220. The World Turned Upside Down: Hamilton, An American Musical

Room 102B, Washington Convention Center, Level One
Friday, February 10, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


The smash Broadway hit Hamilton has been rightly called a game changer. Borrowing from Charles Chesnutt, Lin-Manuel Miranda uses the world turned upside down as an image for the revolution, reversal, and subversion of political and artistic norms. Here, in the capital city, which Hamilton envisioned, Martha Southgate will introduce poets, fiction writers, and playwrights who discuss what’s new and what’s old in the show—its hip-hop poetics, music/ lyric sampling, imagery, narrative, staging, and more.



Judith Baumel is a poet, critic, and translator. She is professor of English and founding director of the creative writing program at Adelphi University. She served as president of AWP. Her books of poetry are The Weight of Numbers, Now, and The Kangaroo Girl.

Jacqueline Jones LaMon is the author of two collections, Last Seen, a Felix Pollak Poetry Prize selection, and Gravity, U.S.A., recipient of the Quercus Review Press Poetry Series Book Award; and the novel, In the Arms of One Who Loves Me. She teaches at Adelphi University.

Victorio Reyes is an activist and artist. He holds an MFA degree from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches poetry classes at Siena College. His poems are forthcoming or have been published in the Mandala Journal, Word Riot, and the anthology It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip Hop.

Stephen O’Connor has published five books, including the novel, Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings, and the short story collection, Here Comes Another Lesson. His fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, and many other places.


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Henry B. González Convention Center