Extended Mournings: Encountering Violence, Memory, and Grief in the Asian Diaspora
Friday, March 10, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm
Poets of the Asian American diaspora discuss how interdisciplinary processes, mixed-media technologies, and collaboration intervene into contemporary poetry’s approaches to violence, grief, and memory. Engaging the fraught relationship between memory and violence in the Asian diaspora, panelists examine how their use of archival materials, instrumental ensembles, visual collage, and more, counteract capital-colonial interferences and empower grief as an act of communal self-defense.
Serena Chopra (assistant professor, Seattle University) is a writer, dancer, filmmaker, soundscape designer, and visual and performance artist. She has a PhD in creative writing from the University of Denver, and she is a Fulbright Scholar, Kundiman Fellow, and MacDowell Fellow. She has two books and two films.
Jane Wong is the author of How to Not Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James, 2021) and Overpour (Action Books, 2016). She is an associate professor of creative writing at Western Washington University.
Ching-In Chen is author of The Heart's Traffic, recombinant, to make black paper sing, Kundiman for Kin and coeditor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence within Activist Communities. A Kundiman and Lambda Fellow, they teach at the University of Washington Bothell.
Divya Victor is the author of Curb (Nightboat) and Kith (Fence), among others. Her work has earned the PEN America Open Book Award and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. She is currently associate professor of English and the director of the creative writing program at Michigan State University.
Dao Strom is the author of five books and several song-cycles, most recently the poetry / art collection, Instrument, winner of the 2022 OR Book Award for Poetry, and its companion album, Traveler’s Ode. She has received awards from the Creative Capital Foundation, OR Arts Commission, NEA, and others.