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Friday, May 14 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of the Undocupoets!

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To celebrate the 5th year of Undocupoets, this reading and conversation features four recipients of the Undocupoets Fellowship, an annual grant awarded to poets who are currently or who were formerly undocumented in the U.S. The panelists will share a more complex and nuanced narrative of the undocumented experience through the reading of their work and discuss how their statuses have informed their craft and the particular aesthetic concerns of writing about, through, and in spite of documentation. This event will highlight the diversity of undocumented poets and explore their challenges of moving through the literary world—from the deeply internal work of writing from a self whose very presence is contested, to applying or submitting to institutions that demand proof of residency in order to participate in the poetic discourse.

Link to recording:  https://salemstate.zoom.us/rec/share/otxVE5z4kbSQB3qg3SN6yeXN_-yvbEi86i1CchuFiUnsxewA1e30FkhkXIc2HWJ1.3oJQ0GEhqQkikFXVV

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Aline Mello

Aline Mello is a Brazilian immigrant poet who grew up in Atlanta. Her debut collection of poetry, More Salt Than Diamond, will be published in Spring 2022 by Andrews McMeel. Her work can be found in various journals such as The Rumpus, The Georgia Review, The Indiana Review, and... Read More →
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Laurel Chen

Laurel Chen is a queer/trans/migrant writer from Taiwan. A fellow of Kundiman, Undocupoets, and Pink Door, they co-curate @shoutingpoems on Twitter. They are an abolitionist... Read More →
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Esther Lin

Co-organizer, Undocupoets
Esther Lin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for 21 years. She was a 2020 Writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, 2017–19 Wallace Stegner Fellow, and author of The Ghost Wife (PSA, 2017).
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Yosimar Reyes

Yosimar Reyes is a nationally acclaimed poet and public speaker. Born in Guerrero, Mexico, and raised in Eastside San Jose, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. The Advocate named Reyes one of "13 LGBT Latinos Changing the World" and Remezcla included... Read More →

Friday May 14, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT