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A Reading & Conversation with Dawn Lundy Martin, Morgan Parker and Evie Shockley

March 28, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

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Enjoy an afternoon of phenomenal poetry and stimulating conversation! Award-winning poets Dawn Lundy Martin, Morgan Parker and Evie Shockley give brief readings of their original work, followed by a discussion about poetry as a space for complex negotiations and radical reimaginings. While the meaning of diversity is being debated, these poets’ unique voices and varied strategies expand the discourse beyond considerations of race and ethnicity. Their views of the poet as artist and social being disrupt familiar tropes assigned to “the writer of color.” Poet Fatimah Asghar moderates.

Portland Ballroom 253-254, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Thursday, March 28, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Open to AWP pass-holders. For more information on how to register, visit awpwriter.org.

Dawn Lundy Martin, PhD, is Professor in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Her books include A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia Press, 2007); Discipline (Nightboat Books, 2011), finalist for the LA Times Book Prize; Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books, 2015); and Good Stock, Strange Blood (Coffee House Press, 2017).

Morgan Parker is the author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Tin House Books, 2017) and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books, 2015). She is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow.

Evie Shockley is author of the poetry books semiautomatic (Wesleyan, 2017), which was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, and the new black (Wesleyan, 2012), a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award winner, and the critical study Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2011). She is Professor of English at Rutgers University.

Fatimah Asghar is a nationally touring poet, photographer, and performer. She has received fellowships and residencies from Fulbright, Millay, University of Michigan, and Kundiman. Her work has appeared in many journals. Her chapbook After (YesYesBooks, 2015) is a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award.


March 28, 2019
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
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Portland Ballroom 253-254, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97232 United States
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