Kundiman Reading at the Library of Congress – October 12, 6:30-8:30 pm

The Library of Congress Presents:
Asian American Literature Today – Kundiman Spotlight
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 * 6:30pm 8:30pm
Montpelier Room, sixth floor, James Madison Building
101 Independence Avenue Southeast, Washington, DC, 20543 USA

Poets Janine Joseph and Aimee Nezhukumatathil read and discuss their work with Kundiman Advisory Board Co-Chair Jennifer Chang. Presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center; The Asian American Literary Review; and the Asian American Studies Program, University of Maryland.

Janine Joseph was born and raised in the Philippines and Southern California. She is the author of Driving without a License (Alice James Books, 2016), winner of the 2014 Kundiman Poetry Prize. Currently, she lives in Stillwater, OK, where she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University.  Her poems and essays about growing up undocumented in America have appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Zócalo Public Square, The Journal, The Asian American Literary Review, The Collagist, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, Waxwing, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, and elsewhere.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is Professor of English at State University of New York-Fredonia, where she teaches creative writing and environmental literature.  Recent honors include a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pushcart Prize. She is the author of the forthcoming book of illustrated nature essays, WORLD OF WONDER (2018, Milkweed Editions), and three poetry collections: LUCKY FISH (2011), AT THE DRIVE-IN VOLCANO (2007), and MIRACLE FRUIT (2003)–all from Tupelo Press.  Her most recent chapbook is LACE & PYRITE, a collaboration of nature poems with the poet Ross Gay.

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