West Chester University Poetry Conference

West Chester University Poetry Conference

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West Chester University Poetry Conference is an international poetry conference that has been held annually since 1995 at West Chester University, Pennsylvania, United States. It hosts various panel discussions and poetry craft workshops, which focus primarily on formal poetry, narrative poetry, New FormalismThompson, Nigel S. "." The Times Literary Supplement. September 1999. and Expansive Poetry. It is largest poetry-only conference in America"" 14 by 14. Issue 6. October 2008.Timpane, John "." Philadelphia Inquirer. Sun, Jun. 6, 2010.


The conference was founded in 1995 by West Chester professor Michael Peich and poet Dana Gioia with 85 poets and scholars in attendance.Hitchner, Earle "." Wall Street Journal. JUNE 17, 2010 The original core faculty members included Annie Finch, R. S. Gwynn, Mark Jarman, Robert McDowell, and Timothy Steele. While some of these faculty still return regularly to teach, the faculty has expanded in recent years to include Kim Addonizio, Rhina Espaillat, B. H. Fairchild, Rachel Hadas, Molly Peacock, Mary Jo Salter, A. E. Stallings, and many other widely published New Formalists.

Starting in 1999, the conference's program began including an art......
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