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Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Fellow 2019 Jabari Jawan Allen

Jabari Jawan Allen

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Fellow 2019

About Jabari Jawan Allen

Jabari Jawan Allen is a Chicago, IL native. A 2018 Tin House Winter Workshop Scholar and 2018 Lucille Clifton Memorial Scholar, Allen has received fellowships from Tin House, Community of Writers, Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, and VONA. Allen’s poems either appear or are forthcoming in Virginia Quarterly Review, Vinyl, Four Chambers, and elsewhere. Allen currently lives in Phoenix, AZ.

Find Conference Sessions with Jabari Jawan Allen

Interrogating Empathy
Jabari Jawan Allen, Maritza N. Estrada, Joel Salcido, Elliot Rose Winter

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Location: Tooker, Old Main
Type: Panel
Genre: Community, Pedagogy, Poetry

Join four poets/ writers as they discuss the merits and shortcomings of the concept of empathy. These poets will focus on empathy as it functions in creative writing, pedagogy, performance, and currency to interrogate how these aspects affect othered bodies. How does the idea of empathy create a market for trauma? How are the performances of traumas used to placate the white gaze? Can there be new possibilities to describe and employ an empathy that is active and engaged in works, rather than the passive "feeling" of empathy that often functions only to benefit the empathizer?


The Art of Persona: Condensing Social Distance Between Poet and Mask
Jabari Jawan Allen

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Thoren, University Club
Type: Presentation
Genre: Poetry

How does privilege affect authors’ renderings of the masks they employ? What exactly, for example, makes Anders Carlson-Wee’s “How To” poem, which recently appeared in The Nation, minstrelsy instead of persona? How does one avoid falling into stereotypical and indolent writing practices while engaging with persona?