S147. It’s Complicated: Writing Poetry from Multiple Subjectivities

B110-112, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Poets with layered racial, ethnic, and cultural identities push past “it’s complicated” into the potential and perils of writing about identity through a multi-faceted lens. Panelists will explore issues of authority, affinity, and authenticity and discuss membership in identity-based writing communities as well as strategies for complicating the labels that may be applied to their work. Above all, they will explore what it is to live and write from hybrid spaces in the US today.


Emily Pérez is the author of House of Sugar, House of Stone, and the chapbooks Made and Unmade and Backyard Migration Route. A CantoMundo fellow, she has received funding and support from Bread Loaf, the Artist Trust, Jack Straw Writers, and the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.

Brandon Som is the author of Babel's Moon and The Tribute Horse, winner of the 2015 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. A former fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, he is an assistant professor in the Literature Department at the University of California, San Diego.

Sun Yung Shin is the author of Unbearable Splendor, Rough, and Savage, and Skirt Full of Black. She codirects Poetry Asylum in Minneapolis. The editor of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota and Outsiders Within, and author of Cooper's Lesson, she is widely published in multiple genres.

Carolina Ebeid received 2015/2016 NEA Fellowship, and awards from the Stadler Center, CantoMundo, and Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She holds an MFA from the Michener Center, and is a doctoral student at the University of Denver. You Ask Me to Talk About the Interior is her first poetry collection.

Lisa Marie Brimmer is a queer, black, transracial adoptee artist and writer. She is coeditor of Queer Voices of Minnesota Anthology. Her critical and poetic work was presented at Split This Rock! and The Center for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas in Graz, Austria.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center