R208. We Are a Helix, We Survive: Calypso Authors Read Poetry, Prose, and Translation from Angel Island to the American South

Meeting Room 1, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Calypso writers read from their new books, shattering silences imposed by natural disaster, racism, genocide, homophobia, and the confinements of place, family, morality. From outsider artists of the South to New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina to a Chinese immigrant detainees at Angel Island, CA, and intractable losses of community, identity, home—these writers offer transcendent observations of the continuum of human experience. We are a helix.


Robin Davidson is a poet, translator, and professor of English for the University of Houston-Downtown. From 2015 to 2017, she served as Houston’s second poet laureate. She is author of two poem chapbooks, a full collection, Luminous Other, and cotranslator of The New Century: Poems by Ewa Lipska.

Jan Freeman is the author of Blue Structure, nominated for a Kingsley Tufts Award and a Pushcart Prize; Simon Says, nominated for an NBCC Poetry Award; Hyena; and the chapbook Autumn Sequence. She is the founding director of Paris Press, publishing groundbreaking yet overlooked literature by women.

Jeffrey Thomas Leong is the author of Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island. He received his MFA in writing from the Vermont of College of Fine Arts and is an attorney and former public health administrator. His poetry has been published widely in literary journals.

Margaret McMullan is the author of seven award-winning novels and editor of the anthology Every Father's Daughter. She received a NEA grant to complete Aftermath Lounge, and a Fulbright to Hungary to complete Where the Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Exile, Loss, and Return.

Carrie Meadows is the author of the poetry collection Speak, My Tongue. She teaches creative and professional writing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside