S117. Diaspora & Endurance: Immigrant Legacies in American Poetry

B113, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Many poets with diasporic roots, whether first-generation Americans or citizens born at a multi-generational remove from their ancestral origins, have shaped our country's literature. Panelists will read briefly, hold a craft-based conversation about their exploration of diasporic themes, and engage in a critical discussion focused on major diasporic voices throughout the history of American poetry.



Caitlin Doyle's work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Yale Review, Poetry Daily, the PBS NewsHour Poetry Series, and others. Her recent honors include the Frost Farm Prize and fellowships through Yaddo, MacDowell and the James Merrill House. She serves as the Assistant Editor of The Cincinnati Review.

Safiya Sinclair is the author of Cannibal, winner of the Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Whiting Writers' Award, and named an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. She has won a Pushcart Prize, fellowships from Yaddo, Bread Loaf, and the Poetry Foundation.

Allison Joseph is part of the creative writing faculty at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The author of several books and chapbooks of poems and the Director of the SIUC MFA Program, she serves as editor and poetry edtior for Crab Orchard Review.

D.M. Aderibigbe's first book, How the End First Showed was selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil for the 2018 Brittingham Prize in Poetry. His poems have appeared in The Nation, The Poetry Review (UK), and jubilat, among others.

Jenna Le, MD, is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Six Rivers and A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora. Her poetry, fiction, essays, criticism, and translations appear in AGNI Online, Bellevue Literary Review, The Los Angeles Review, Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere.


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