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Thursday, March 12 • 11:00am - 12:50pm
Reading and Conversation

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Poets Ailish Hopper, Blas Falconer, Metta Sáma and Orlando White will read selections from their work and will offer comprehensive advice on how to approach their work (and other work that speaks directly to race, ethnicity, nation, tribe, sexuality, class) in the classroom. This will be, primarily, an interactive conversation amongst practitioners of charged innovative writing who are professors interested in multi-disciplinary approaches to teaching. 


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Ailish Hopper

I'm the author of Dark~Sky Society (New Issues, 2014), and the chapbook, Bird in the Head (Center for Book Arts, 2005). Poems are around in APR, American Letters & Commentary, Harvard Review Online, Ploughshares, Poetry, and other places. An essay about race and the alienation effect in poetry, "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies," is in Laura McCullough's anthology, A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry and Race. Another, "Can a Poem Listen... Read More →

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Blas Falconer

Murray State University
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Metta Sáma

I live in North Carolina & originally am from Tennessee. I have mostly lived in the Midwest & Northeast for the past 15 years; this return to the South is mind-boggling, particularly talking about race & history in the South that would like to forget its history (in theory) but do not forget (in action). I'm interested in language, in disruption of syntax grammar and how these disruptions could offer a space to reconsider race, at... Read More →
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Orlando White

English Faculty, Diné College
Orlando White is the author of Bone Light (Red Hen Press, 2009) and LETTERRS (Nightboat Books, forthcoming in May 2015). Originally from Tółikan, Arizona, he is Diné of the Naaneesht’ézhi Tábaahí and born for the Naakai Diné’e. His work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Omnidawn Poetry Feature Blog, Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Residency and Bread Loaf John Ciardi... Read More →

Thursday March 12, 2015 11:00am - 12:50pm
UC 331

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