3:30 PM15:30

Misrepresented People: Poetic Responses to Trump's America

Come join us in celebrating the release of Misrepresented People: Poetic Responses to Trump's America. THIS IS A FREE EVENT. The poets anthologized in this book bear witness to, rage against, and defy the misogyny, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and authoritarian impulses that have always surrounded us, but that are incarnated in the 45th president. Readers include:

Dante Di Stefano
Brian Fanelli
Leah Umansky
George Guida
Rosebud Ben-Oni
Bruce Bennett
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
Tony Gleogger
Vincent Toro
Ranea Shirali
Christine Gelineau
Nicole Santalucia

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9:00 AM09:00

My Speaker, My Self: Navigating Persona and Identity in Feminist Poetry (AWP Panel)

  • Tampa Convention Center, 1st Floor, Room 15 (map)
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In blending the found with the invented, and the researched with the lived, poets inhabit speakers that both approximate and diverge from their experiences. Five women poets will share their work and situate their speakers on a spectrum from near self to complete persona. In doing so, they will explore identity and appropriation, examining how to access otherness responsibly in persona poems and how to distill art from mere biography when the speaker is an avatar of the self.

Amie Whittemore is the author of Glass Harvest, an educator, and cofounder of the Charlottesville Reading Series. Her poems have appeared in North American ReviewSmartish PaceGettysburg Review, the Missouri Review poem of the week, and elsewhere.

Ruth Awad is a Lebanese American poet and the author of Set to Music a Wildfire, which won the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize from SIR Press. She is the recipient of a 2016 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and she won the 2012 and 2013 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize.

Raena Shirali is the author of Gilt and is a Pushcart Prize recipient. Her honors include the spring 2017 Philip Roth Residency, the 2014 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, and a Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize in 2013. She currently serves as a poetry reader for Muzzle magazine.

Shelley Wong is the author of the chapbook Rare Birds. Her poems have appeared in CrazyhorseSouthern Humanities ReviewThe VoltaSixth Finch, and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a MacDowell fellowship.

Claudia Cortese is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. Her first full-length, Wasp Queen, is a hybrid collection of prose poems and stories. Cortese is also the author of two chapbooks: Blood Medals and The Red Essay and Other Histories. Cortese teaches at Montclair State University.

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6:00 PM18:00

Show your work: Poetry Readings & Workshop (AWP/Tampa)

Great readings require great audiences, and at this event, we hope to have everyone sharing work. From 6:00-7:15, join poets Ruth Awad, Katie Condon, Christopher Costabile, Kimberly Grey, Rosalie Moffett, Raena Shirali, Amie Whittemore, Shelley Wong, and Allison Pitinii Davis for brief poetry readings. After, please join in an optional workshop where we’ll continue to share and discuss writing as a collective group. Find the AWP listing here & the Facebook event here

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