Our 2018 headliners: Sonia Sanchez · Kaveh Akbar · Duy Doan · Jeffrey Harrison · Dorianne Laux · Erika Meitner · Carl Phillips · Nicole Sealey · Sean Thomas Dougherty · Rhina P. Espaillat

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Saturday, May 5 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Breaking Through the Stigma: Writing Through Addiction and Recovery FULL

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The ongoing opioid epidemic has become a national emergency. Its stigma and judgment prevents real understanding about the disease. Poetry is uniquely suited to expressing this understanding and compassion. In this panel discussion, four poets and a publisher discuss how they have tackled the topic, whether their own or others. They will talk about their writing and publishing processes, how they face the sometimes harrowing experiences brought about by addiction, and how they distill those experiences into memorable and meaningful poetry that, through its honesty and humanity, leads to understanding. If poetry is an opening in the lining between heaven and hell, within those folds we find these poets.  

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Kaveh Akbar

Kaveh Akbar's poems appear recently in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, The Nation, and elsewhere. His first book, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is just out with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK. He is also the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic. The recipient... Read More →
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Mary Akers

Editor-in-chief, r.kv.r.y. quarterly literary journal
I publish a journal with the theme of recovery--in all its many forms. We're all recovering from something, after all. I also write fiction with an underlying recovery theme.
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William Brewer

William Brewer is the author of I Know Your Kind (Milkweed Editions, 2017), winner of the National Poetry Series, and Oxyana, selected for the Poetry Society of America's 30 and Under Chapbook Fellowship. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, The Iowa Review, Narrative... Read More →
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Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn’s “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City” (Norton, 2004), won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir, and has been translated into ten languages. He is also the author of two book of poetry, “Some Ether” (Graywolf, 2000), which won the PEN/Joyce... Read More →
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Wendy Mnookin

Wendy Mnookin’s most recent book of poetry is Dinner with Emerson (Tiger Bark Press, 2016.) To Get Here, her book about her son’s drug addiction, explores her family’s struggle with his addiction--what happened "to get here," what is unknowable, how they emerged. Wendy has received... Read More →

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