R188. VIDA Voices & Views: Exclusive Interview with Joan Naviyuk Kane, Ada Limón, & Alicia Ostriker

AWP Bookfair Stage, Exhibit Halls D & E, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Calling attention to a plurality of voices by interviewing writers and dedicated members of the literary community about their work, vision, concerns, and topics at the forefront of literary activism, this panel contributes to a better understanding of craft, the literary landscape, and issues facing artists. Panelists seek to foster nuanced conversation about gender parity, race, and other crucial issues impacting writers today as well as speak to how their work expands this conversation.



Sheila McMullin, poet and intersectional feminist, is the author of daughterrarium. She works with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and maintains the online site MoonSpit Poetry. A community-based workshop leader, she holds an MFA from George Mason University.

Melissa Studdard is the author of the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast, the middle grade novel Six Weeks to Yehidah, and more. She is the host of VIDA Voices & Views, a vice president of the Women's Caucus, and a professor for Lone Star College System.

Joan Naviyuk Kane is the author of The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife, Hyperboreal, and Milk Black Carbon, for which she has received a Whiting Award, the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, and the American Book Award. She teaches in the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, a finalist of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year by The New York Times. Her other books of include Lucky Wreck, This Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency MFA program, and the 24Pearl Street online program for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelance writer.

Alicia Ostriker is author of fourteen collections of poetry, most recently The Book of Seventy, which received the National Jewish Book Award, The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems 1979–2011, which brought her a Paterson Lifetime Achievement Award, and The Old Woman, the Tulip and the Dog.


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