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Border Crossing: Poetry and Place

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am PST
1111 SW Broadway Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

Poetry, as a form, can exploit and explode literary boundaries; and these poets explore borders of all kinds in their work: the political boundaries between countries, the space between the world we know and the unknown, the edges of language—and what we leave behind when we cross these borders. Featuring poets John Freeman (Maps), Erika L. Sánchez (Lessons on Expulsion), Javier Zamora (Unaccompanied), and Matthew Zapruder (Why Poetry) with moderator Sarah Bowlin. Presented in partnership with the Poetry Foundation.

John Freeman

John Freeman is the editor of Freeman’s, a literary annual published by Grove Press, and executive editor at Alfred A. Knopf. He has written several books of nonfiction including, How to Read a Novelist and Dictionary of the Undoing, as well as three collections of poems, Maps , The Park, and the forthcoming Wind, Trees. Between 2014 and 2020, he edited a series of anthologies on inequality, concluding with Tales of Two Planets, which focuses on the climate crisis and global inequality. His latest books are The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story and, with Tracy K. Smith, There's a Revolution Outside, My Love, in which poets, novelists and essayists create a space to respond to catastrophes and racialized violence of 2020. Freeman’s work has been translated into more than 20 languages and appears in The New YorkerThe Paris Review, and Zyzzyva. He lives in London.

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Erika L. Sánchez

Erika L. Sánchez has won a “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Her most recent works are a poetry collection titled Lessons in Expulsion and the YA novel I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. She lives in Chicago.
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Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora was born in La Herradura, El Salvador, in 1990. He holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied and taught in June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program. Zamora earned an MFA from New York University and is currently a 2016–2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. He is the recipient of scholarships to the Bread Loaf, Frost Place, Napa Valley, Squaw Valley, and VONA writers’ conferences and fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University (Olive B. O’Connor), MacDowell Colony, Macondo Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Saltonstall Foundation, and Yaddo. In 2016, Barnes & Noble granted him the Writer for Writers Award for his work with the Undocupoets Campaign. He was also the winner of the Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Fellowship and is a member of the Our Parents’ Bones Campaign, whose goal is to bring justice to the families of the ten thousand disappeared during El Salvador’s civil war. His book Unaccompanied explores how immigrations and the Salvadoran Civil War have impacted his family.
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Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder is the author of Why Poetry (Ecco, August 2017) and four poetry collections: Sun Bear; Come On, All You Ghosts; The Pajamist; and American Linden. An Associate Professor in the MFA program at Saint Mary’s College of California, he is also editor at large at Wave Books and from 2016-2017 was editor of the poetry column for the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Oakland, CA.
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Sarah Bowlin

Sarah Bowlin is an agent at Aevitas Creative Management.  Before becoming an agent, she spent nearly a decade as an editor of literary fiction and nonfiction, first at Riverhead Books and most recently at Henry Holt & Company. She has worked with many acclaimed writers including Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Sheila Heti, Salvatore Scibona, Helen Phillips, Kseniya Melnik, Luvvie Ajayi, Ramona Ausubel, Gabriel Urza, Rachel Khong, and Julie Buntin. As an agent, she represents emerging writers Souvankham Thammavongsa, Halimah Marcus, and Kevin Nguyen, among others. Based in Los Angeles but originally from the South, Sarah is interested in great writing and bold voices—specifically stories of strong or difficult women and unexpected narratives of place, identity, and the shifting ways we see ourselves and each other. 
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