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Friday, February 9, 2024

9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Room 2208, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level


“To Confirm a Thing and Give Thanks”: Rereading May Swenson

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Though more widely acknowledged in her lifetime, May Swenson is now something of a “poet’s poet’s poet,” loved and admired by a select readership but generally overlooked by the wider public. This panel aims to elevate Swenson’s work, articulating the dynamics behind her richly varied oeuvre—lush, exploratory, imaginative, poised—and arguing for a twenty-first century return to this unduly neglected master and pioneering queer poet.

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Brian Brodeur is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Some Problems with Autobiography (2023), which won the 2022 New Criterion Prize. New poems and literary criticism appear in Hopkins Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Criterion, and the Writer’s Chronicle.

Twitter Username: bbrodeurpoet

Sara Eliza Johnson is the recipient of an NEA fellowship in poetry, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, and Winter Fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, among other honors. Her first book, Bone Map, won the 2013 National Poetry Series. Her second book, Vapor, will be published in 2022.

Twitter Username: saraelizaj


Randall Mann is the author of six poetry collections, most recently DEAL: New & Selected Poems, published by Copper Canyon Press in 2023. He lives in San Francisco.

Twitter Username: randallmannpoet

Nancy K. Pearson is an English professor at West Chester University Pennsylvania. She is the author of the poetry collections, The Whole by Contemplation of a Single Bone and Two Minutes of Light, for which she received the PEN New England Award and a Lambda Literary finalist award.

Malachi Black is the author of Indirect Light, forthcoming from Four Way Books, and Storm Toward Morning (Copper Canyon, 2014), a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award and a PSA New American Poets series selection. Black teaches at the University of San Diego.

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