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Chesapeake Main Room

1:00 – 1:45
The Year of "Yes!"

Teri Ellen Cross Davis will address pushing past feelings of imposter syndrome and break down the (self-built) walls that can keep you from expanding your writing.

After an unconventional year of “no,” “maybe,” or “wait,” let’s usher in a year of “Yes!” We may not be able to travel literal roads to other countries, but our minds can lead our talents on figurative paths to different outcomes. Teri Ellen Cross Davis will talk about expanding your willingness to try something different: be it a sonnet or haibun, prose or memoir, screenplay or flash fiction, why not say “Yes” and let your pen wander? With examples for inspiration, Cross Davis will discuss her own journey past the outpost of imposter syndrome to the land of something tried and something new. Let the journey begin.

TERI ELLEN CROSS DAVIS is the author of  a more perfect Union, (winner of the  2019 Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize, Mad Creek Books) and Haint, (winner of the  2017 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry, Gival Press, 2016). She was awarded the Poetry Society of America’s 2020 Robert H. Winner Memorial Award and is the recipient of grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and The Freya Project. A member of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective, she has been awarded fellowships and scholarships to Cave Canem, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Hedgebrook, Community of Writers Poetry Workshop, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Hermitage Artist Retreat, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.  Her work has appeared in print, online, and in many journals and anthologies including: Academy of American Poets, Deep Beauty; Not Without Our Laughter; Harvard Review, PANK,  Poetry Ireland Review, and Kenyon Review. She was the 2019-2020 HoCoPoLitSo Writer-in-Residence for Howard County, Maryland,  and is the current Poetry Coordinator for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.  She lives in Maryland with her husband, poet Hayes Davis and their two children.

Session Summaries by Track:

Fiction I  |  Fiction II  |  Poetry I  |  Poetry II  |  Publishing & Editing  |  Marketing  |  Craft  |  Specialty Writing


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