F252. Undocupoets Speak

Room 1, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


In 2015, Undocupoets published an open petition asking for ten highly visible and renowned first book poetry contests to reconsider and remove the language stating US citizenship as a requirement for submission/publication. In fall 2016, they established the Undocupoets Fellowship. Janine Joseph joined them in order to begin this fellowship to help undocumented writers pay book contest fees. Here they will discuss their goals moving forward and the marginalization of undocumented writers.



Suzi F. Garcia has an MFA in poetry with minors in gender studies and screen cultures. She is a poetry editor at Noemi Press, a CantoMundo Fellow, Macondonista, and her work is published or forthcoming from the University of Arizona Poetry Blog, Vinyl, Fence, The Offing, Drunken Boat, and more.

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a poet, essayist, and translator. He is the author of Cenzontle, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Prize from BOA Editions (2018) and Dulce. A Canto Mundo Fellow, he cofounded the Undocupoets campaign.

Janine Joseph is a poet, librettist, and educator. She is the author of Driving Without a License, winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize and finalist for the 2017 Oklahoma Book Award. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Oklahoma State University.

Christopher Soto is the author of Sad Girl Poems and the editor of Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color. In 2017, he was awarded “The Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism” by Split This Rock. He cofounded the Undocupoets.


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