F298. Oceans Among Us: Toward a Migrant Poetics

Room 24, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Poets hailing from and with roots in the Caribbean, the Philippines, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Canada, explore the ways in which experiences and histories of migration function as a point of origin, a means of creative perception, and a practice of gathering divergences in their craft. They investigate how the work of making poems—with its attendant losses, adaptations, discoveries—is situated within broader political struggles to interrogate and confront the root causes of displacement.


Cynthia Dewi Oka is author of two books of poems: Salvage and Nomad of Salt and Hard Water. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has received the Fifth Wednesday Journal Editor's Prize in Poetry, and grants from the Leeway Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and VONA. She studies poetry at Warren Wilson.

Patrick Rosal is author of four books, most recently Brooklyn Antediluvian, finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award. 2017 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry and former Fulbright Fellow, he directs and teaches in the MFA program at Rutgers-Camden.

Hari Alluri is the author of The Flayed City and the chapbook The Promise of Rust. His work appears in anthologies, journals, and online. A VONA/Voices and Las Dos Brujas alum who holds an MFA from SDSU and has received several grants and awards, he is a a cofounding editor at Locked Horn Press.

Christina Olivares is the author of No Map of the Earth Includes Stars (winner of the 2014 Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize), the chaplet Interrupt (Belladonna* Collaborative Press), and Petition, winner of the 2014 Vinyl 45s Chapbook Contest.

Diana Garcia


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside