[VIRTUAL] Interdisciplinary Poetics: Migration, Earth, and Empire
Angela Peñaredondo, Jan-Henry Gray, Jen Soriano, Christine Imperial, and Kay Ulanday Barrett
[VIRTUAL] Interdisciplinary Poetics: Migration, Earth, and Empire

Join us on Thursday June 15 at 7 PM ET for a reading and roundtable on interdisciplinary approaches to migration, earth, empire, and mental health featuring Filipinx poets Angela Peñaredondo, Jan-Henry Gray, Jen Soriano, and Christine Imperial! We’ll witness each poet’s work and move on to a moderated conversation with Kay Ulanday Barrett centering sounds and textures of interdisciplinary writing as well as the intuitive and dissonant outcomes of this interweaving.


ANGELA PEÑAREDONDO is a writer, artist, and assistant professor of Creative Writer. Peñaredondo is the author of nature felt but never apprehended (Noemi Press), All Things Lose Thousands of Times (Inlandia Institute, Winner of Hillary Gravendyk Regional Prize) and the chapbook, Maroon (Jamii Publications). Their work has appeared in The Academy of American Poets, Pleiades Magazine, Michigan Quarterly Review, Southern Humanities Review and elsewhere. They received fellowships from Hedgebrook, Kundiman, and Macondo; and awards from TinHouse, Community of Writers and others. They are based in unceded lands of the Tongvan, Serrano and Tataviam nations  with their partner and many cramped, wild plants. You can find them at angelapenaredondo.com and @domainedenarwhal

CHRISTINE IMPERIAL is a PhD Cultural Studies student at UC Davis where she was awarded the Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship. Her first book Mistaken for an Empire is published with Mad Creeks Books, an imprint of the Ohio State University, as the 2021 Gournay Prize Winner. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the California Institute of the Arts. At CalArts, she was the 2020 Emi Kuriyama Thesis winner and a 2020-2021 REEF Fellow. Her work has been published in Poets & Writers, POETRY, Inverted Syntax, TLDTD, among others.

JEN SORIANO (she~they) is a Filipinx writer and movement builder who has long worked at the intersection of grassroots organizing, narrative strategy, and art-driven social change. Jen has won the International Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction, the Fugue Prose Prize, and fellowships from Hugo House, Vermont Studio Center, Artist Trust, and the Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat. Jen is also an independent scholar and performer, author of the chapbook “Making the Tongue Dry,” and co-editor of Closer to Liberation: A Pina/xy Activist Anthology. Originally from a landlocked part of the Chicago area, Jen now lives with her family in Seattle, near the Duwamish River and the Salish Sea. Her debut essay collection Nervous, will be published August 22, 2023 by Amistad Books.  

JAN-HENRY GRAY is the author of Documents (BOA Editions, Ltd.), selected by D.A. Powell as the winner A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and the chapbook Selected Emails (speCt! Books). He’s received fellowships from Kundiman, Undocupoets, and the Cooke Foundation. He was born in the Philippines and has lived in San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and Brooklyn. He is an Assistant Professor at Adelphi University in New York.

KAY ULANDAY BARRETT is a poet, essayist, cultural strategist, and A+ napper. They are the winner of the 2022 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Cy Twombly Award for Poetry, a winner of the 2022 Next Book Residency with Tin House, and a recipient of a 2020 James Baldwin Fellowship at MacDowell. Their second book, More Than Organs (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2020) received a 2021 Stonewall Honor Book Award by the American Library Association and is a 2021 Lambda Literary Award Finalist. They have featured at The United Nations, The Lincoln Center, The Hemispheric Institute, Symphony Space, The Ford Foundation, Brooklyn Museum, Princeton, Columbia University, Yale, Manchester PRIDE, Sesame Street, & more. Their contributions are found in The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, Colorlines, Literary Hub, The Advocate, Al Jazeera, NYLON, Vogue, The Rumpus, The Lily, and elsewhere. For more info: kaybarrett.net

This event will be streamed on Zoom Webinar. Please RSVP to receive a Zoom link via email in advance of the event. The event will be uploaded to the AAWW YouTube channel at a future date. 


This event will be captioned and ASL interpretation is provided by Pro Bono ASL. For other access needs, please contact tle@aaww.org.

Event Image Description: Atop a periwinkle, sage, and sea blue colored abstract background with a turquoise wavy line is bold black text that reads “AAWW PRESENTS INTERDISCIPLINARY POETRY: MIGRATION, RACE, AND EMPIRE WITH ANGELA PEÑAREDONDO, JAN-HENRY GRAY, JEN SORIANO, AND CHRISTINA IMPERIAL. MODERATED BY KAY ULANDAY BARRETT. JUNE 15, 7PM ET. ONLINE • ASP PROVIDED. RSVP AT AAWW.ORG/EVENTS.” To the left hand side of the text are five rectangular black and white portraits of Filipinx poets and artists: Angela Peñaredondo, a queer person with black coifed hair. They are looking slightly off camera and have a silver septum piercing and a small hoop earring on their left ear. They are wearing a black t-shirt and thing chain necklace with a flannel shirt and a black jacket with ornate buttons on top; Jan-Henry Gray, a queer man with a close black haircut. He has a round face and is looking directly at the camera. He has a short beard and mustache and is wearing a button up shirt with a faint white checkered print; Jen Soriano, a Filipinx writer with an asymetrical wavy haircut. Her hair cascades into her shoulder. She is wearing dark lipstick and is slightly smiling at the camera. She is wearing a white textured top with small ruffles around the neck; Christine Imperial, a queer poet with long black wavy hair and round metal framed glasses. They are smiling wide with no teeth into the camera with their head tilted slightly upward. They are wearing an open black button up shirt and a flat chain necklace around their neck; and Kay Ulanday Barrett, a trans poet with coifed black hair and large clear framed glasses. They are looking into the distance with a pensive look. They have a hoop lip ring in the center of their bottom lip and hey are wearing an open, wide collared, button down shirt with an abstract black and white print. At the bottom of the graphic is a white bar with black bold text with an italicized AAWW logo and text that reads “Asian American Writers’ Workshop.”

[VIRTUAL] Interdisciplinary Poetics: Migration, Earth, and Empire

Angela Peñaredondo, Jan-Henry Gray, Jen Soriano, Christine Imperial, and Kay Ulanday Barrett
Thursday, June 15, 2023
7:00 PM

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