112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Creative Writing: Brief Poetry

Session Chair: 
Sandra Maresh Doe, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
RCC Meeting Room 7


  1. Anna L. I. Dickau, California State University Fullerton
    In "They Watch Over us from Mountainsides," the narrator ruminates about the inner strength of both the parents and children of an autism-specific special education class. Anna Dickau is working on her MA in English at California State University, Fullerton. She currently tutors at CSUF's Writing Center and is a special education aide for an autism-specific first/second grade combo class. She hopes to earn her Ph.D. in English and become a college professor; her second choice of career is a professional two-sentence-short-story writer.
  2. Tameca L Coleman, Regis University
    Tameca L Coleman has published across genres, winning awards for short stories, poetry, and academic essays. She has published in Pirene’s Fountain, The Denver Crossroads, and the Cellar Door Anthology, as well as in other small press, limited edition book arts projects. She is a member of the Cottonwood Collective and Columbine Poets. The poems chosen for this session are from a collection that aims to transcend the limiting factors of romantic love, and in earnest, move toward loves that are more freeing.
  3. Krista Lukas, University of California, Riverside
    Krista Lukas is the author of a poetry collection, Fans of My Unconscious (Black Rock Press, 2013), which was a finalist for the May Swenson Award and the Pearl Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in The Writer's Almanac, The Best American Poetry 2006, Creative Writer's Handbook, and literary journals including Rattle and 5AM.
  4. Renee Ruderman, Metropolitan State University of Denver
    The proposed poetry reading will include approximately four short poems that defamiliarize the commonplace, that ask the audience to see new angles, to reconfigure appearances, to momentarily accept the mysterious impressions that surround us. The reading will be followed by a discussion of these poems and the concept of "ostraneniye."
Session Cancelled: