S274. Emerging Poets of Color Surviving/Resisting American Empire

Room 3 & 4, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Poets show how joy in their poetry subverts a racist, trans/homophoic, and ableist political climate that threatens their daily lives. American poets of color consider their varied and complicated connections to “empire” as they present their intersectional, multicoastal, transnational, diasporic, queer, and anti-colonial poetics. They respond to, survive against, and thrive despite what American Empire means in this time of the Dakota Access Pipeline, climate change, and anti-Blackness.


Rajiv Mohabir, Winner of the 2015 Kundiman Prize at Tupelo Press (The Cowherd's Son), the Four Way Books Intro Prize 2014 (The Taxidermist's Cut), and the AWP Intro Journal Award 2015 is an assistant professor of poetry at Auburn University's creative writing program.

Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water. A Cave Canem fellow, his work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, and New England Review. He was a finalist for the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Jo-Jikum cofounder and College of the Marshall Islands faculty, is a VONA alumna; author of Iep Jaltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter; and past editor of Jitdam Kapeel. Her poems and journalism are in Hawai'i Review, Yellow Medicine Review, and The Marshall Islands Journal.

Muriel Leung is the author of Bone Confetti. A Kundiman and VONA/Voices Workshop fellow, she is also the coeditor of poetry at Apogee Journal. She is currently pursuing her PhD in creative writing and literature at University of Southern California.

Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, performer, and educator. K. has featured on stages globally with offerings in PBS News Hour, The Margins, Lambda Literary Review, RaceForward, The Deaf Poets Society, Winter Tangerine, Entropy, and Apogee. When The Chant Comes is their first book.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside