S155. Hyphenated Poets: Ethnic American Writing Against Type

Room 615/616/617, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
10:30 am to 11:45 am


While immigrant poets have long sought to recover and celebrate their ethnic identity, a new generation is problematizing the notion of identity and what it means to be American. These poets respond to socially constructed types that marginalize them to fulfill diversity quotas, and they seize the English language to interrogate the myth of American essentialism. In this reading and discussion, we will hear four writers respond to these challenges with poetry.



Kaveh Bassiri was the recipient of a Witter Bynner Poetry Translation Residency and Walton Translation Fellowship. His poetry won the Bellingham Review’s 49th Parallel Award and was published in Best New Poets 2011, Virginia Quarterly Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Mississippi Review.

Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Diwata and Poeta en San Francisco. She teaches in the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program at University of San Francisco.

Cathy Park Hong's third book of poems, Engine Empire, was published in May 2012. She is an associate professor at Sarah Lawrence College

Farid Matuk is the author of This Isa A Nice Neighborhood and several chapbooks including, most recently, My Daughter La Chola. New poems appear in Iowa Review, The Baffler, Boston Review, and Critical Quarterly. He serves as poetry editor for Fence and contributing editor for The Volta.

Solmaz Sharif is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. A 2011 winner of the Boston Review/"Discovery" Poetry Prize, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in jubilat, Kenyon Review, DIAGRAM, and Black Warrior Review.


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