Poetry as Witness

Historic DeKalb Courthouse presented by Creative Flame Media

Saturday, 4:15-5:00

This panel will feature Tom Sleigh and Chanda Feldman, two poets whose work confronts challenging and troubling subjects from both history and the present. Feldman's Approaching the Fields has been lauded for its "lyric craft" and courage. Sleigh will read from House of Fact; House of Ruin, which the Los Angeles Times praises for being "full of the wonder and eloquence driving profound poetry."


Chanda Feldman


Chanda Feldman grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds degrees from Cornell University and the University of Chicago. She is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University and NEA poetry grant recipient and is currently a visiting assistant professor in creative writing at Oberlin College.

Tom Sleigh


Tom Sleigh is the author of 10 books of poetry, most recently House of Fact, House of Ruin; Station Zed; Army Cats; and Space Walk, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He is also the author of two essay collections, The Land between Two Rivers: Writing in an Age of Refugees and Interview with a Ghost. Sleigh teaches at Hunter College and lives in New York.


Chelsea Rathburn

Chelsea Rathburn is the author of Still Life with Mother and Knife, forthcoming from LSU Press in February 2019, as well as A Raft of Grief (Autumn House, 2013) and The Shifting Line (U. of Evansville, 2005). She lives in Blairsville, Georgia, and directs the creative writing program at Young Harris College.