• LA Convention Center (map)
  • Room 513, Meeting Room Level
  • Los Angeles
  • CA

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the 5th anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster (as well as the 70th anniversary, in 2015, of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki), four women poets whose lives have been marked by the nuclear industry will read from their work and discuss the convergence of research and personal history in the making of their poems.

“If we’d beaten Chernobyl, people would talk about it, write about it more,” a survivor of the Chernobyl nuclear accident observes in Svetlana Alexievich’s oral history. Through their poems and comments, the four panelists—Judith Vollmer (Reactor), April Naoko Heck (A Nuclear Family), Kathleen Flenniken (Plume,) and Lissa Kiernan (Two Faint Lines in the Violet)—will disrupt the pervasive silence with which our culture continues to approach the effects of nuclear disaster and  the threats the nuclear industry poses for us all.

The panel will be of additional interest to writers curious about aesthetically varied strategies for incorporating history and research into the creative process.