S290. When We Write, We Write With Our Bodies, Our Hearts, Our Histories

C125-126, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


How do we learn to profess our truths and experiences as poets of color? What models, tools, strategies of language, and histories come to bear on how we write poems? We've seen the proliferation of works by poets of color, but believe there is a need to create critical work focusing on craft from their perspectives. From the inheritance of poetic wisdom to practices of writing and pedagogy, panelists will discuss the importance of including poets of color in foundational craft texts.



Amanda Galvan Huynh has received scholarships and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and Sundress Academy for the Arts. She was a winner of a 2016 AWP Intro Journal Project Award and a finalist for the 2017 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship.

Luisa A. Igloria’s books include The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Mid-Life Crisis and Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (2014 May Swenson Prize). She teaches at Old Dominion University, where from 2009-15 she directed the MFA Creative Writing Program.

Kenji C. Liu is the author of Monsters I Have Been  and Map of an Onion, national winner of the 2015 Hillary Gravendyk Prize. He has received fellowships from Kundiman, VONA/Voices, Djerassi, and the Community of Writers.

Ernesto L. Abeytia is a Spanish American poet and teacher. He holds an MFA from Arizona State University and MAs from Saint Louis University and the Autonomous University of Madrid. His work has appeared in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, PBS NewsHour, The Shallow Ends, and elsewhere.

Dr. Melissa Coss Aquino, a Puerto Rican from the Bronx, is a writer and an Assistant Professor of English at Bronx Community College, CUNY. Her work has been published in Callaloo, the Fairy Tale ReviewHippocampus, and Centro. Her book is 100 years of Jesús Colón.


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