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 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
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With 854 creative writing programs in the US and hundreds of performance competitions many poets come to writing from listening to others while many of them come to poetry via academic study. But few come to poetry via both pathways. Panelists have experience with both and have varying opinions about the values of each. Expect tangled discussion.

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Richard Cambridge

I'm looking for an agent for my novel, RIDE (61K words) — a coming of age story, set in the Nineties—an odyssey through fifty years of American culture. Think “My Generation” with a radical twist.Two days before a scheduled reading more than a thousand miles away, a poet’s... Read More →
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Regie Gibson

Regie Gibson is a poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator. Gibson and his work appear in the film Love Jones, based largely on events in his life. In 1999 he performed for the award-winning Traffic Series at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater where he adapted the... Read More →
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Melissa Guillet

Consultant, 15 Minute Field Trips
Former member of Doc Brown's Traveling Poetry Troop, Melissa Guillet is a published author and Pushcart nominee. She teaches STEM to STEAM, focusing on environmental issues through the arts.
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Valerie Lawson

Editor/Publisher, Resolute Bear Press
Valerie Lawson’s work has been published in Main Street Rag, BigCityLit, About Place Journal, The Catch, and Ibbetson Street. Lawson’s first book, Dog Watch, was released in 2007. Her work has won awards for Best Narrative Poem and Spoken Word at the Cambridge Poetry Awards and... Read More →

Saturday May 5, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel, Skylark Room