R315. Consequences of Silence, Sponsored by Blue Flower Arts

Oregon Ballroom 201-202, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Thursday, March 28, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


As poets, we love language—and fight with it. Language (in the mouth, on the page) is one way humans can experience and express the world: not only words on a page, but a bodily feeling as one speaks and hears poetry. These are ways language creates meaning, and helps us define ourselves and belong. The illusion of belonging is when language fails us: draws us in, but holds us at a distance. True belonging is when language connects us across time, languages, cultures, and emotional divides.



Simon Armitage is the current Oxford Professor of Poetry and Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. His published works include The Unaccompanied, Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989 - 2014, and his translations of the medieval poems Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Pearl.

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a poet, essayist, and translator. He is the author of Cenzontle, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Prize, Dulce, and Children of the Land. A Canto Mundo Fellow, he cofounded the Undocupoets campaign.

Camille T. Dungy's four books of poetry include Trophic Cascade. Her book of essays is Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History. She edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, and coedited two other anthologies.

Samiya Bashir’s three books of poetry, Field Theories, Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls. She teaches at Reed College.


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