Thursday, March 1, 12:NOON
A Face to Meet the Faces: Five Poets on Persona, Empathy, and Race
(Stacey Lynn Brown, Eduardo C. Corral, Cornelius Eady, Patricia Smith, Jake Adam York)
Waldorf, Hilton Chicago, 3rd Floor
Persona, the act of writing beyond one’s own immediate perspective or experience, is arguably one of the strongest mechanisms for empathy—and understanding—that exists for a poet. Join the co-editor and four contributing poets from A Face to Meet the Faces, the first anthology of contemporary persona poetry, for a roundtable discussion on the freedoms, limitations, and possibilities inherent in using persona as a tool to excavate the complexities and constructs of race.