April 27 & 28, 2018
Best Western, Oshkosh
VP: Christina Kubasta
Poetry in Conversation & Collaboration
Featuring Poets Tiana Clark & Heather Derr-Smith
Friday Night Event: New Voices from the Fox Valley
Saturday Panel: Poets on Collaboration|
Saturday Afternoon Headliners: Collaborative Reading with Tiana Clark & Heather Derr-Smith
Tiana Clark is the author of Equilibrium, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. She is the winner of the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize, 2016 Academy of American Poets University Prize, and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Best New Poets 2015, BOAAT, Crab Orchard Review, Muzzle Magazine, Thrush, The Journal, and elsewhere. She recently graduated from Vanderbilt’s M.F.A. program where she served as the poetry editor of the Nashville Review. She is currently the 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Her website is: www.tianaclark.com
Heather Derr-Smith was born in Dallas, Texas in 1971. She spent most of her childhood in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She earned her B.A. from Art History at the University of Virginia, where she also took poetry workshops with Charles Wright, Rita Dove, and Greg Orr. She went on to earn her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has published three books of poems, Each End of the World (Main Street Rag Press, 2005), The Bride Minaret (University of Akron Press, 2008) and Tongue Screw (Sparkwheel Press, 2016). Her fourth collection, Thrust won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize at Persea Books and will be published in 2017. Her website is: https://heatherderrsmith.com/
At every conference during the general session there are designated times for poetry "roll call." All attendees are invited to come forward to share a poem with the group. Typically shorter poems work best, especially if they do not require a lot of explanation. Bring your best!
Generally the WFOP holds a conference in the spring and fall. We aim for late April/early May or late October/early November. However, holidays, local events, and anticipated weather conditions can occasionally trump those dates.
Eighty to a hundred of the state's most passionate poets gather to engage in workshops, readings, open mics, book fairs and a banquet/awards ceremony.
Writing is a solitary journey. Make connections on the way. We're a room of writing friends you haven't met yet. Hope to see you there!
The seven WFOP regions take turns hosting the conferences. The conferences generally run from Friday evening through late Saturday afternoon.
** Save the Date **
November 2 & 3, 2018
Holiday Inn & Conference Center, Stevens Point
VP: Tori Grant Welhouse
VP: Sandra Lindow