F268. Living Liminal: Multiracial Women Writers in American Poetics

D133-134, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Join five women poets from diverse cultural, regional, and academic backgrounds as they share their artistic work, as well as their thoughts on the liminal spaces related to mixed-racial identity. Discussion topics include: culture and race in writing and the use of folklore, feelings of “otherness,” feminism, genre hybridity, and the place and importance of WOC in the American poetry scene.



Mary Leauna Christensen has an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. She is an assistant poetry editor for The Swamp Literary Magazine and is the managing editor of Poetry Wolf: A Poetic Press. Her poetry can be found in Permafrost, Nimrod International Journal, and others.

Eman is a bicultural poet from Massachusetts and Kuwait. A recipient of an MFA-poetry from Arizona State University, she recently earned a PhD in poetry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Eman's first collection, Raghead, is currently a finalist in the New Issues 2018 Poetry Prize.

Yaddyra Peralta's poems have been published in Eight Miami Poets, Ploughshares, Jai Alai, Abe’s Penny, Tigertail, and Hinchas de Poesia. She currently teaches writing and literature at Miami Dade College and is Assistant Director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival.

Celeste Chan teaches creative writing to LGBTQ youth with Queer Ancestors Project and coordinates QTPOC Free School. A Hedgebrook, Lambda, and VONA fellow, she works across prose, poetry, flash nonfiction, and oral history projects. For ten years, she toured work internationally with Queer Rebels.

Addie Tsai holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College. She coconceived Dominic Walsh Dance Theater's Victor Frankenstein. She is a doctoral candidate in dance at Texas Woman's University. Tsai teaches creative writing, dance, literature, and humanities at Houston Community College.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center