F160. National Monuments: The Poetry of Contested Spaces

Room 202B, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
10:30 am to 11:45 am


The US has 121 protected areas known as national monuments, many of which can be found in Washington, DC. A distinguished panel of poets considers these natural and man-made landmarks as conservation sites, as poetic subjects, and as contested spaces of living Native American, Mexican American, Asian American, and Pacific Islander cultures. The panel will also consider national monuments in the broader sense of the myth-making of nation states and ongoing struggles over canon formation.



Chris Santiago, a poet and fiction writer, was recently appointed assistant professor of English at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. His stories, poems, and nonfiction have appeared in FIELD, Pleiades, the Asian American Literary Review, and elsewhere.

Craig Santos Perez is a native Chamoru from the Pacific Island of Guåhan/Guam. He is the author of three books, most recently from unincorporated territory [gumaʻ], which received the American Book Award. He is an associate professor in the English department at the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa.

Aimee Suzara is a Filipino-American poet, playwright, and performing artist based in Oakland, California. Her accomplishments include a Willa-Award finalist book of poems, Souvenir, a YBCAway award and AROHO Spirited Woman Award. She is currently on the faculty of language arts at De Anza College.

Poet Heid E. Erdrich is author of seven books including Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Research and National Monuments. She also makes poem films with fellow Ojibwe and indigenous artists. Heid teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Augsburg College.

Brandon Som is the author of Babel's Moon and The Tribute Horse, winner of the 2015 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. A former fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, he is an assistant professor in the literature department at the University of California, San Diego.


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