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Literary Conference – Migration: Crossing Borders

April 28 @ EST 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

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Free – $20.00

Definitively, to migrate means “to move from one country, place, or locality to another.” As people move and shift, so too do notions of identity, place, and language. A global experience, migration is intricate and allows us to better understand the world in which we live. These writers create a spatial, linguistic, cultural, and temporal map that takes readers through the nuanced intersections of migration and what it means to move from the margins to the center.

Tuhin Das is a Bengali poet currently living in the U.S. He comes from Barishal, a city in south-central Bangladesh. Over the last 20 years, his poetry criticism articles, short stories, and opinion columns have been published in Bangladesh and West Bengal, India. He is the author of eight poetry books in his native language. He is considered by critics to be a significant poet of Generation Zero and began publishing contemporary Bangladeshi literature in 2000. His life has been deeply impacted by groups who limit freedom of expression. Carnegie Mellon University invited him to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a visiting scholar, and City of Asylum invited him to join their writer sanctuary program as an ICORN writer-in-residence. He left his home country, Bangladesh, in 2016 and was granted asylum in the U.S. in 2021. Das’s work has appeared in Words without Borders, The Bare Life Review, The Offing, Epiphany, and Immigrant Report. An interview with Das was featured in World Literature Today. In 2022, his US debut poetry book Exile Poems was published by Bridge & Tunnel Books.

Kathy Engel is a poet and essayist who has worked for many years at the nexus between social justice movements and art/imagination. Her books include The Lost Brother Alphabet (Get Fresh Books, 2020); Ruth’s Skirts, poems and prose; We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon, co- edited with Kamal Boullata; The Kitchen, with art by German Perez; and the chapbook Banish the Tentative. Dear Inheritors is forthcoming in 2023. She is founder, with a group of women, and first director of the international women’s human rights group MADRE (1983) and co- founder, producer, and consultant for numerous social justice, peace and human rights projects. Engel’s video poem collage #whowillkneelforyou can be seen on The Root. “Eyechart,” a word and image collaboration with artist Ellen Driscoll, opened in June 2022 with two banners in the Garden of Friends outdoor exhibition at the Leiber Collection, Amagansett, NY.  A printed version of the project launched as an exhibition at Writers & Books, Rochester, NY, in September 2022. The work can be viewed digitally at www.kathyengelpoet.com. With the writer Alexis De Veaux, she co-founded the project Lyrical Democracies. She is Associate Arts Professor in the Department of Art & Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, which she chaired for 6 years.

 

Saretta Morgan is the author of the poetry collection Alt-Nature (Coffee House Press, 2024) and the chapbooks Feeling upon Arrival (Ugly Duckling, 2018) and room for a counter interior (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2017). Her work engages the ecologies and forms of connectivity that manifesr in the shadows of militarization, incarceration, and U.S. imperialism. She has received support from the Jerome Foundation, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Tucson MoCA, and elsewhere; and has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Headlkands Center for the Arts, the Center for African American Poetry abd Poetics, and Oak Spring Garden Foundation. 2018 – 2023, she lived between Mojave and Akimel O’odham lands in the Arizona desert, where she organized with the grassroots humanitarian aid organization No More Deaths Phoenix. Born in Appalachia and raised on military installations, Morgan currently lives on Mvskoke lands in Atlanta, Georgia. She believes in a Free Palestine as part of the broader inevitability of LANDBACK for Indigenous peoples across the globe.

 

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Books by Tuhin Das

Exile Poems

Books by Kathy Engel

We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon
The Lost Brother Alphabet

Books by Saretta Morgan

Alt-Nature
Alt-Nature feels like a search party for the haunted, the story of a collective body, a nomenclature of ache, a watery prism of queer love and kinship for the irreducibility of belonging through the geographic (and seismic) shifts and social calibration that tggles between the intimate and the structural.” –Raquel Gutiérrez

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Date:
April 28
Time:
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Cost:
Free – $20.00
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Writers & Books
740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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(585) 473-2590

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