AWP 2015 Found Poetry JamPoRee
At this year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference, we are hosting an interactive poetry finding experience in which poets (listed below!) will complete a series of prompts throughout the conference and city of Minneapolis. Participating poets will write poems by repurposing everything from book fair materials to overheard conversations to text found in locations around Minneapolis.
The AWP challenge is an offshoot of our National Poetry Month Project, PoMoSco—short for Poetry Month Scouts— which will be going on throughout April. For PoMoSco, more than 250 poets have signed up to write poems and earn a variety of poetry “badges” in the areas of erasure, conceptual, remix, chance operations, public interaction, and more. At AWP, we will aim to create a separate, yet related, experience for any conference attendee interested in participating.
E. Kristin Anderson is a Pushcart-nominated poet and author living in Austin, TX, perhaps best known for co-editing the Dear Teen Me anthology and curating the corresponding blog. Her poetry has been published worldwide in many magazines and anthologies and she is the author of three chapbooks of poetry, A Jab of Deep Urgency, A Guide for the Practical Abductee, and Acoustic Battery Life (forthcoming). She is an online editor at Hunger Mountain and a contributing editor at Found Poetry Review. Once upon a time she worked at The New Yorker.
Diana Smith Bolton is the founding editor of District Lit. Her work has recently appeared in 32 Poems, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Cactus Heart, Lines + Stars, Punchnel’s, and elsewhere. She lives in northern Virginia and is active in the DC poetry scene.
Dan Chelotti is the author of x (McSweeney’s) and two chapbooks, The Eights (Poetry Society of America) and Compost (forthcoming from Greying Ghost Press). His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Poetry, Conduit, jubilat, Fence, and many other journals. He teaches writing at Elms College and Bennington College.
Ken Cormier is the author of Balance Act (Insomniac Press) and The Tragedy in My Neighborhood (Dead Academics Press). His live, multi-media performances have been described as “a William Burroughs exorcism through a Karaoke machine.” Ken also makes radio fiction and documentary pieces, many of which have aired on public-radio affiliates around the US and on the BBC. He teaches Creative Writing at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.
Merridawn Duckler’s poetry has appeared in the anthology Portland Lights, Buddhist Poetry Review, Halfway Down The Stairs, Empty Mirror, Five Quarterly, So It Goes, journal of the Vonnegut Library, Naugatuck River Review and Cirque magazine among others. She was runner-up for the poetry residency at the Arizona Poetry Center. Her play in verse was in the Emerging Female Playwright Festival of the Manhattan Shakespeare Project and Last Frontier Theater Conference, Valdez, Alaska. She has published in other genres. Fellowships include Writers@Work, NEA, Yaddo, Squaw Valley, SLS in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Berta Anolic Visual Arts Fellowship in Israel, Norman Mailer Center, others.
Gabrielle Freeman‘s poetry has been published in many journals including Beecher’s Magazine, Chagrin River Review, The Emerson Review, Gabby, Melancholy Hyperbole, Minetta Review, and Shenandoah. She has been nominated twice for the Best of the Net. She earned her MFA in poetry through Converse College. Gabrielle lives with her family in Eastern North Carolina.
P.D. Keenen‘s latest poem can be found in Mare Nostrum X, an anthology of travel poems from the University of Washington Creative Writing in Rome Program. Currently obsessed with erasure and list poems, follow on twitter @pdkeenen to see drafts of the pieces for JamPoRee at #awp15.
Ellen Kombiyil’s recent work appears in Barely South Review, BOOTH, Poemeleon, Redactions and Stone Canoe. She has read and performed at many literary festivals, including the Prakriti Poetry festival in Chennai, India, and Lekhana in Bangalore, where she also taught a poetry and performance workshop. She has been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes, a Best of the Net and was second runner up in the 2014 Carriage House Poetry Prize. Ellen is a founder of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, a mentorship-model publishing collective, which publishes first and second books and aims to create a community of artists nurturing artists.
Ana Koshkin received a fine arts masters degree at Sint Lukas University in Brussels. Inspired by indigenous cultures, and items of ancient and ethnic origin, she incorporates inspiration from the natural environment. Her work is developed in reference to learning, and utilizing time-based media, as a point of expression where the natural environment and cultural discourses coalesce within the thread work of past and present.
C. Kubasta attended Wells College and received an MFA in poetry from The University of Notre Dame. Her work experiments with hybrid forms, excerpted text, and shifting voices. A Lovely Box was published by Finishing Line Press in 2013 and won the 2014 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Chapbook Prize. Her poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals, including So To Speak, Stand, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Verse Wisconsin, and The Notre Dame Review.
Dawn Leas‘s chapbook, I Know When to Keep Quiet, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2010. Her work has appeared in Cumberland River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Southern Women’s Review, Literary Mama, San Pedro River Review, Connecticut River Review and Interstice, and elsewhere. In past lives, she was an advertising copywriter and freelancer, an independent school admission director middle-school English teacher. She has also worked as an adjunct and has taught ESL and middle-school writing workshops and presentations. Currently, she’s the associate director of Wilkes University’s M.A./M.F.A. Creative Writing Programs.
Nancy Chen Long is the author of the chapbook Clouds as Inkblots for the War Prone (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2013). You’ll find her recent and forthcoming work in Mason’s Road, Sycamore Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, RHINO, and elsewhere. Nancy received a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology and an MBA, worked as an electrical engineer, software consultant, and project manager, and more recently earned an MFA. As a volunteer with the local Writers Guild, she coordinates a reading series for poets and collaborates with others to offer poetry workshops. She currently works at Indiana University.
Shikha Malaviya is a poet & writer, born in the U.K. and raised in Minnesota & India. Her book, Geography of Tongues, was published in December 2013 and featured in several literary festivals. Shikha is a co-founder of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, a literary press. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and featured in Prairie Schooner, Water~Stone Review & other fine journals. She was a featured TEDx speaker in Bangalore, India in 2013. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay area, after six wonderful years in India.
Natasha Mijares is a senior studying poetry and art at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. She is the managing editor of Mangrove, University of Miami’s undergraduate literary journal. She has been published in Elysium Literary Magazine, BAOBAB, and Bear Review. She also participated in a fellowship at the New York Summer Writer’s Institute and Everglades Wilderness Writers.
Kelly Nelson is the author of the chapbook Rivers I Don’t Live By. Her found poetry appears in RHINO, Quarter After Eight, Mojave River Review and Found Poetry Review and was selected for the 2015 Best American Experimental Writing anthology coming out this fall. She hasn’t owned a car since 1999 and teaches Interdisciplinary Studies at Arizona State University.
Annette Schiebout travels, teaches and writes. As an active member of Minneapolis’ art scene, Annette performs throughout the Cities with TIC, Saint Paul Almanac, Cracked Walnut, Lit6 Story Stage and she helps manage the Prairie Fire Lady Choir. She is the recipient of the Loft Literary Center – Creative Non-Fiction Mentor Program 2014-15 (Honorable Mention (2011)), and an Intermedia Arts SASE Writer-to-Writer Mentee (2009). She is published in rps, and Ó Bhéal and her poetry film “A Short History of My Addictions” received an Audience Choice Award at the Co-Kisser Poetry-Film Festival in 2012. She calls Minneapolis home.
Randall Weiss has poems published in NAP Literary Magazine and Crosstimbers: An Interdisciplinary Journal. He lives with his family and cat in the Kansas City area. You can follow his curated life as @rweissguy on Twitter and Instagram.