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 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Poets on Autism: Hope in the Helicopter Rain LIMITED

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We must admit it is difficult to write about children without falling into the maudlin. How much harder when they are disabled? As poets, we face the double danger of the sentimental and the exoticization of their disability. This panel will address how do poets negotiate the topic and portraiture of autism. Each panelist will read a small selection of poems that they have written about their own autistic children or siblings, and speak to the difficulties of writing these poems. We will then open the panel for discussion. What is at stake for our children, our readers? What strategies do we entail to capture the ontological complexity of our most vulnerable citizens, during a time when they are too often categorized as less than? How do we speak our joys, fears, love in language whose intent is to nurture, to elevate, to challenge, and to sing.

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Sean Thomas Dougherty

Sean Thomas Dougherty has worked in a newspaper plant, as a security guard, a poet in the schools, a preacher to parolees, and as an untenured college lecturer.  He’s also worked in a pool hall, as a caregiver and medical technician for people recovering from traumatic brain injuries... Read More →

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Susan Elmslie

Professor (poet & teacher), Dawson College
Susan Elmslie’s latest poetry collection, Museum of Kindness (Brick, 2017), has just been shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her first collection, I, Nadja, and Other Poems (Brick, 2006), won the A.M. Klein Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the McAuslan First Book... Read More →
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Oliver De La Paz

Associate Professor, College of the Holy Cross
Oliver de la Paz is the Poet Laureate of Worcester, MA for 2023-2025. He is the author and editor ofseven books: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, Post Subject: A Fable, andThe Boy in the Labyrinth, a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry... Read More →

Saturday May 5, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
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