Janine Oshiro was awarded an Oregon Literary Fellowship in poetry in 2004. She currently lives in Hawaii, but is reading tonight, Monday, November 14, at Smith Memorial Center at Portland State University. The reading begins at 6:00.

Janine’s first collection of poetry, Pier, (Alice James Books, 2011) won the first annual Kundiman Poetry Prize. The poet Mark Levine had this to say about Pier, “The poems in Pier refuse to privilege poetic craft over intensity of feeling, landscape over interiority, the mundane over the fabular, stoicism over grief. Instead, they have it all—or rather, they emerge from the spaces between contending states: ‘It came out in a child’s hand and I was / not a child.’ Oshiro’s is a new voice of antique resonances, born of an anxious apprenticeship to beauty and to pain.”

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