We’re delighted to announce that two publications have resulted from the Truth or Beauty: Poetry and Biography conference.
Biography vol. 39, no. 1 (2016)
The first was a special issue of Biography journal, edited and with an introduction by Anna Jackson. It features essays that were originally papers at the conference. Contents include:
Experiments in Poetic Biography: Feminist Threads in Contemporary Long Form Poetry
Articulating Artemisia: Revisioning the Lives of Women from History in Biographical Poetry
Storying the Portrait: The Case of Mae West
The Master and the Mask: Francis Webb’s Verse Biography
“Talk (why?) with mute ash”: Anne Carson’s Nox as Therapeutic Biography
“Automythography” in Poetry: Tusiata Avia’s Bloodclot
Hii-Stories and Haa-Stories: Polynesian Poetics as Collective Biography
Truth and Beauty: Verse Biography in Canada, Australia and New Zealand
Truth and Beauty turns critical attention to an exciting genre that lies at the intersection of biography and poetry, narrative and lyric, history and the confessional.
With essays on influential verse biographers Margaret Atwood, Dorothy Porter, Michael Ondaatje, Jennifer Maiden and Anne Carson along with newer practitioners including Chris Orsman, Jordie Albiston, Robert Sullivan, Tusiata Avia and Amy Brown, this collection looks at the inevitable tensions that arise between historical fact and the work of imagination – and the competing and complementary claims of truth and beauty.
Contributors: Airini Beautrais, Amy Brown, Russell Coldicutt, Joan Fleming, Shari Kocher, Tom McLean, Bridget Orr, Ian Rae, Erin Scudder and Jessica L. Wilkinson.
Edited by conference organisers, Anna Jackson, Helen Rickerby and Angelina Sbroma.