R206. We Are Here Because You Were There—United States' Military Intrusion and the Shifting Landscape of American Poetry

Marquis Salon 9 & 10, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Four emerging poets discuss the impacts of American military intrusion across the globe within their writing. With a history of military involvement, America has left countries and ethnic groups with the burden of piecing together existences across diasporas. Poets will read from their work and examine how, through the act of writing poetry, they reclaim their exiled lands, as well as explore trauma, honor lineage, shift the literary landscape, and resist erasure from United States war history.



Anthony Cody is a CantoMundo Fellow and editorial member of HAWC. His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Triquarterly, Juan Felipe Herrera’s 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border, as well as How Do I Begin?: A Hmong American Literary Anthology, which he also coedited, among others.

Mai Der Vang is the 2016 Walt Whitman Award winner from the Academy of American Poets. Her debut collection, Aferland, is forthcoming. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Cincinnati Review, the Journal, and elsewhere.

Monica Sok is a Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University, where she edits West Branch and works with the Seminar for Younger Poets. She is the author of Year Zero, and she has received awards from Poetry Society of America, Elizabeth George Foundation, Kundiman, MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, and others.

Javier Zamora is a 2016–2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow and holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry.

Andre Yang is a founding member of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle, with whom he coedited How Do I Begin: A Hmong American Literary Anthology. He received his creative writing MFA from Fresno State, is a Kundiman Poetry Fellow, and an adjunct instructor.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center