R284. American Tropics

Room 501, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Across the enforced borders of race and place, five authors discuss centuries-old fantasies about labor, class, gender, immigration, the body, and sovereignty. These writers, from the Virgin Islands, Hawaii, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Cuba, share a history of American invasion and rule. Their writing reveals mostly untapped or simply ignored versions of US history. In short, their richly varied work can be seen together. In fact, such richness can make America see its secret self.



Patrick Rosal is author of Brooklyn Antediluvian, his fourth book of poetry. His work has appeared in Poetry, Grantland, and Best American Poetry. A former Fulbright Fellow, he is an editor at Some Call It Ballin', a literary sports journal. He teaches in the Rutgers-Camden MFA.

Tiphanie Yanique is the author the novel, Land of Love and Drowning, winner of the First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction and the Rosenthal Family Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. She is also a poet and short story writer. Her forthcoming book of poems is called Wife.

Willie Perdomo is the author of The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon, Smoking Lovely, and Where a Nickel Costs a Dime. He is a PEN Beyond Margins Award winner, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, International Latino Book Award, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.

Christina Olivares is the author of No Map of the Earth Includes Stars (winner of the 2014 Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize), the chaplet Interrupt, and Petition, winner of the 2014 Vinyl 45s Chapbook Contest.

Brandy Nālani McDougall is cofounder of Kahuaomānoa Press and Ala Press. Author of the poetry book, The Salt-Wind/Ka Makani Paʻakai, and coauthor of the poetry collection, Effigies, and poetry album, Undercurrent, she is assistant professor of American studies at University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.


March 4–7, 2020
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