R239. Living, Reading, and Writing the Multilingual Poem

Florida Salon 6, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


As multilingual poets proliferate, so does the need for a new form of expression. In turn, such poems create new reading and writing communities, and require us to reexamine practices of incorporating non-English words into English text. This panel brings together poets who work with Hmong, Vietnamese, Spanish, Tagalog, and Hindi to discuss challenges: incorporating a second language, reading, audience, and the future of such poems in the literary and publishing community.


Amanda Galvan Huynh has been a recipient of a 2016 AWP Intro Journal Project Award and a 2017 Sewanee Conference Tennessee Williams Scholarship. Her work was a finalist for the 2015 Gloria Anzaldua Poetry Prize, and she has received a scholarship from the Sundress Academy for the Arts.

Mai Der Vang is the author of Afterland, which received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Virginia Quarterly Review, Southern Humanities Review, The New York Times, and elsewhere.

Luisa A. Igloria’s books include Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (2014 May Swenson Prize), The Saints of Streets, and Juan Luna's Revolver (2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize). She teaches at Old Dominion University, where from 2009–15 she directed the MFA creative writing program.

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.

Chris Santiago is a poet and fiction writer and the author of Tula, winner of the Lindquist & Vennum Poetry Prize and a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. A Kundiman and Mellon/ACLS Fellow, he was recently appointed assistant professor of English at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.


March 27–30, 2019
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