Ted Mathys is the author of three books of poetry, Null Set (2015), The Spoils (2009), and Forge (2005), all published by Coffee House Press. The recipient of fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Poetry Society of America, and St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, his work has appeared in American Poetry Review, BOMB, Boston Review, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, PBS NewsHour, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and now lives in Saint Louis, where he teaches at Saint Louis University and co-curates the 100 Boots Poetry Series at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.
His website is www.tedmathys.com.
Breakout Session: 10-10:50am
“How Poems End.” In this session we will explore the various ways in which poems achieve a sense of completion, with particular focus on the pressure that many readers and writers place on endings. We’ll discuss the advantages and challenges of poems that cumulate toward a terminus; poems that meditate back on an opening conceit; and poems that do all manner of things in between. Participants may bring one poem with them to workshop.