S139. Poetry as Invocation

Marquis Salon 5, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Henry David Thoreau said, "I believe that men are generally still a little afraid of the dark, though the witches are all hung." On this panel, four poets will read their work and explore the poetic impulses of women as a magical or quasi-magical act. The audience is invited to discuss how poetry lures a reader into its casted spells and illuminates the necessary darkness we carry inside us. 



Rachel McKibbens is the author of two full-length books of poetry, Pink Elephant and Into the Dark & Emptying Field as well as the chapbook Mammoth. She is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and cocurator of the series Poetry & Pie Night in upstate New York.

Marie-Elizabeth Mali is the author of one book of poetry, Steady, My Gaze, and coeditor with Annie Finch of the anthology, Villanelles. Her work has appeared in Drunken Boat, Rattle, and Poet Lore, among others.

Airea D. Matthews is the assistant director of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she earned her MFA. She is the recipient of the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets award. Her first collection, simulacra, will be published in April 2017.

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 WreckThis 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.


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