R275. Asian-American Poetics and Politics in the South: Self-Articulation and Solidarity

Monument, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Thursday, February 9, 2017
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Perhaps more than any other American region, the South is constituted by its racial history, a harrowing black-and-white tale of subjugation—one in which Asian-American stories go largely untold. In this formally hybrid panel, half performance and half critical dialogue, five multi-genre writers from diverse Asian-American backgrounds, each of them tied to a Southern locale, insert themselves as rogue elements into this dominant story, asking: what might it mean to be Asian-American writing the South?



Shamala Gallagher is a Kundiman fellow and the author of a poetry chapbook, I Learned the Language of Barbs and Sparks No One Spoke. Her lyric essays have appeared in Black Warrior Review, the Offing, and elsewhere. She is a PhD student and instructor at the University of Georgia.


Ching-In Chen is author of The Heart's Traffic and Recombinant, and coeditor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence within Activist Communities. They are part of the Kundiman, Lambda, Watering Hole, Callaloo, Macondo, and VONA communities, and a senior editor of the Conversant.

Vidhu Aggarwal's book of poems, The Trouble with Humpadori, takes mobile forms in video, comics, and performance. She teaches postcolonial/transnational literature and creative writing at Rollins College.

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of Hour of the Ox, which won the 2015 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, and has received poetry fellowships from Kundiman and the Knight Foundation. She serves as cofounding editor of Print-Oriented Bastards and a program coordinator for Miami Book Fair.

Wo Chan


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