F198. (Not) Just the Facts: Teaching Docupoetry and Investigative Poetics

Room 207B, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


How can we help students define and create documentary poems, and tackle ethical dilemmas inherent to documentary? Five Poets discuss innovative pedagogies, strategies, texts, digital tools, and exercises for teaching documentary poetry in undergraduate and graduate writing workshops, and issues that arise in the process. We will also explore the specific ways we engage in larger conversations around ethics of "truth," "objectivity," "text," language, and representation in poetry in the classroom.



Erika Meitner is the author of four books of poems, including Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls; Ideal Cities, which was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner; and Copia. She is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she directs the MFA program in creative writing.

Rosa Alcalá is the author of three books of poetry, most recently M(y)Other Tongue. Recipient of an NEA Translation Fellowship, her translations are included in Cecilia Vicuña: New & Selected Poems, which she also edited. She teaches at the University of Texas-El Paso.

Susan Briante is the author of three books of poetry: The Market Wonders, Utopia Minus, and Pioneers in the Study of Motion. She is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Arizona.

Tyehimba Jess is author of Olio and Leadbelly, 2004 winner of the National Poetry Series. A Cave Canem, NEA, and Lannan Foundation fellow, he's also received a Whiting Award. He teaches at College of Staten Island and is poetry/fiction editor for African American Review.

Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil’s Garden, Mixology, and The Big Smoke, which won the Anisfield-Wolf Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His new book, Map to the Stars, is forthcoming in March 2017. He teaches at Indiana University in Bloomington.


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