AWP Kansas City

Friday, February 9, 2024

12:00-1:00 PM: Book signing at Black Lawrence Press (Bookfair)

1:45-3:00 PM: Poet to Playwright: On the Dramatic Joy of Changing Hats with panelists Jason Bayani, Arisa White, Tess Taylor, and Patricia Smith. Poetry and playwriting are linked crafts—and not only in the hands of the famed Bard of Avon. What happens when poets set out to write plays? How does the craft of poetry translate to the stage, and what can the idea of the stage teach us about the poem? In this panel, four poets with playwriting projects discuss the joyful learning curve of entering theatrical spaces, reflecting on how this crossover affects everything from craft to collaboration.