S210. Echoes of Displacement: Sound in Poetries of Diaspora

Room 200 H&I, Level 2
Saturday, April 11, 2015
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


This panel will look at various sonic techniques found in diasporic literature. Writers of Irish, Asian, and African diasporas will discuss how sound manifests as utterances, soundscapes, traces of lost languages, wordplay, and music in their own and others’ work, often as a consequence of displacement from a homeland or mother tongue. The panel will suggest ways of producing new works in this vein and, moving forward, will investigate practical approaches to diasporic writing in the classroom.



Chris Santiago is a poet, fiction writer, and doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California.  He has received fellowships from ACE-Nikaido, Kundiman, PAWA, and a Mellon/ACLS fellowship to complete his dissertation on sound and the poetics of diaspora. His work has appeared in FIELD, Revolver, and Postcolonial Text.

Shane McCrae is the author of three full-length collections of poems, Mule, Blood, and Forgiveness Forgiveness, as well as three chapbooks, and has received a Whiting Writers' Award and an NEA fellowship. He teaches at Oberlin College and Spalding University.

Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Diwata and Poeta en San Francisco. She teaches in the Yuchengco Philippine Studies program at the University of San Francisco.

Abdi Phenomenal is a spoken word artist, teaching artist, actor, and a community activist who has been featured at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, The New York Times, and Al Jazeera.

Yvonne Garrett is a writer and senior fiction editor at Black Lawrence Press. She has an MLIS (2014) and an MA in Irish Studies (NYU) where her thesis focused on building an OER for Irish Studies. She is a PhD student at Drew University, and her fourth poetry chapbook was published in 2014.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center