R226. From Slavery to Immigration: Poets on the American Family, a Site of Struggle

C124, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


The American family as an array of diverse, nationalized bodies has been a work in progress since its inception, with many people of color unable to buy into its elusive promise of social stability. Amid an historical and present-day backdrop of vacillating protections governing civil rights and immigration status, four poets examine the American family as a dream deferred.  



Artress Bethany White is the winner of the 2018 Trio Award from Trio House Press for her forthcoming poetry collection, My Afmerica. She is also the author of the collection Fast Fat Girls in Pink Hot Pants. Her nonfiction has recently appeared in Tupelo Quarterly and the Hopkins Review.

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers has published four books of poetry, including The Glory Gets. Most recently, she received a poetry fellowship from the Witter Bynner Foundation and a fiction fellowship from Aspen Summer Words Conference. She is Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma.

Ananda Lima's work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Rattle, The Offing and elsewhere. She has an MA in Linguistics (UCLA), was an AWP Writer to Writer mentee and has attended workshops at Bread Loaf, Sewanee and Tin House. She working on a poetry collection on immigration and motherhood.

Esther Lin lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for 21 years. She is the author of The Ghost Wife, winner of the 2017 PSA Chapbook Fellowship and the Crab Orchard Review’s 2018 Richard Peterson P. She is a 2017–19 Wallace Stegner Fellow and is an organizer for Undocupoets.


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