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
Labor & Delivery: Emerging Poets on Notions of Literary Success LIMITED

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What constitutes the success of a poet, and to what extent is this notion collective, rather than individual? Are the parameters of success fixed, or malleable? How might we reconfigure success outside of or against institutional norms? Panelists will explore these topics from a range of positions and experiences—academic and non-academic; journal and book publications; reading series and editorial work; community-building and resource-sharing. What does it mean for each of us to be “emerging"? What could it mean in the future? We will discuss paths, strategies, dreams, and the sociopolitical ways in which our subject positions as people affect our choices as poets in the world. Drawing on our own journeys as well as those of our models and mentors, we invite festival attendees to participate in a lively conversation on what it means to succeed as a contemporary writer.

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Chen Chen

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the Thom Gunn Award. He has received a Pushcart Prize and a NEA fellowship. He teaches at Brandeis University.


Kimberly Alidio

Kimberly Alidio wrote After projects the resound (Black Radish, 2016). She received a doctorate from the University of Michigan, held and left a tenure-track position at the University of Texas’ History Department/ Center for Asian American Studies, and currently studies poetry... Read More →
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Mag Gabbert

Hi, folks! Here's some info about me: Mag Gabbert holds a Ph.D. in creative writing from Texas Tech University and an MFA in creative writing from The University of California at Riverside. Her nonfiction essays and poems have been published in journals including 32 Poems, The Rumpus... Read More →

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