Transforming the Imagination: Asian American Poets Redefine Hybrid Poetry

Room 2101, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Friday, February 9, 2024
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Hybrid poetry embraces cross disciplinary work, combining poetry, prose, plays, visual art, collage, documents, to address and challenge dominant narratives. This panel focuses on the ways in which Asian American poets have invigorated hybrid forms to respond to uneven distributions of power, relay experiences of marginalization, oppression, and injustice as well as uphold joy, kinship, and devotion through the examination of cross-genre and interdisciplinary work as a practice of survival.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2024_Event_Outline_Tranforming_the_Imagination,_Asian_American_Poets_on_Hybrid_Poetry_.pdf



Tina Chang is the author of Hybrida (W.W. Norton), Of Gods & Strangers (Four Way Books), and Half-Lit Houses (FWB), as well as coeditor of Language for a New Century (W.W.Norton). She is a professor and the director of creative writing at Binghamton University.

Victoria Chang's latest poetry books are The Trees Witness Everything (Copper Canyon, 2022) and OBIT (Copper Canyon, 2020). Dear Memory: Letters on Writing, Silence, and Grief was published by Milkweed in 2001. She is the Bourne Chair in poetry at Georgia Tech.

Mai Der Vang is the author of Yellow Rain, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, and Afterland, winner of the First Book Award of the Academy of American Poets. She teaches in the MFA Program in creative writing at Fresno State

Cynthia Dewi Oka is a poet and author of A Tinderbox in Three Acts, Fire Is Not a Country, Salvage, and Nomad of Salt and Hard Water. Her writing appears in the Atlantic, Oprah Daily, POETRY, Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, The Rumpus, Hyperallergic, Guernica, and elsewhere.

Sahar Muradi is the author of Octobers (Pitt Poetry Series, 2023), selected by Naomi Shihab Nye for the 2022 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and finalist for the National Poetry Series, as well as of the chapbook [ G A T E S ], the hybrid memoir Ask Hafiz, and the chaplet A Garden Beyond My Hand.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center