F275. A Foot in Two Cultures: First Generation American Poets

Florida Salon 5, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


The contemporary influence of poets who were born in the US and whose parents are immigrants has been substantial and important. For these poets, there is an ongoing calibration of the distance between the culture of their parents and their negotiation with the reality and myth of an American Dream. The inherent tensions of this push and pull create a space that can be fruitful for poetry, a space from which the poets who comprise this panel continue to write.



John Hoppenthaler's books of poetry are Domestic Garden, Anticipate the Coming Reservoir, and Lives of Water. He has also coedited Jean Valentine: This-World Company. Editor of "A Poetry Congeries," he is a professor of creative writing and literature at East Carolina University.

Lauren Camp is the author of three books, including One Hundred Hungers. She has been awarded the Dorset Prize, the inaugural Margaret Randall Poetry Prize, an Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award, prizes from RHINO and Western Humanities Review, and a Black Earth Institute Fellowship.

Timothy Liu is the author of ten books of poems, including Don't Go Back to Sleep and Kingdom Come: A Fantasia. He is professor of English at William Paterrson University.

Adrienne Su is the author of four books of poems, most recently Living Quarters. A 2007 NEA fellow, she is poet in residence at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.


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