Voices of Resilience: Celebrating the Strength & Resilience of BIPOC Communities

Room 3501CD, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, February 8, 2024
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


This panel of five BIPOC poets will share work that celebrates the hard-won strength that comes with facing adversity, then engage in a dialogue about the ways their poems and their platforms have become tools for confronting and navigating challenges such as systemic oppression, marginalization, and cultural erasure. This panel seeks to honor and uplift stories of resilience while showcasing the transformative power of poetry as a means of self expression, healing, and social change.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_EVENT_OUTLINE.pdf



Ricardo Ruiz is a multidimensional writer of poetry and prose. His work draws from his experience as a first-generation Mexican-American and his military service. He is passionate about elevating marginalized voices from rural communities and takes pride in being a conduit for cultural connection.

José Olivarez is from Calumet City, Illinois. He has published two books of poems: Promises of Gold and Citizen Illegal.

Paul Hlava Ceballos is the author of banana [ ], a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. His collaborative chaplet banana/we pilot the blood is with Quenton Baker and Christina Sharpe. He lives in Seattle and practices echocardiography.

Salaam Green is an award-winning Certified Listener Poet and Alabama’s Poet Laureate of Innovation & Creativity. Salaam’s poetry collection, to be published in 2024 (Pulley Press), will be on the descendants of the Wallace House in rural south. She is the 2018 Allied Media Black Women's Writing Recipient.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center