Dear friends, I'll be on the following panel at this year's AWP. I'm afraid that I won't be attending AWP in 2011, so catch me if you can and say hi.
Friday, April 9 / 3:00
Immigrant Poetry: Aesthetics of Displacement.
(Gene Tanta, Jenny Boully, Johannes Goransson, Ramona Uritescu-Lombard, Andrei Guruianu, Uche Nduka) We will discuss the relations between formal innovation and biographical politics. More specifically, immigrant American poets such as Waldrop, Simic, and Dinh challenge the meaning of innovation through their word choices, visible racial markers, or audible accent. Do poets still want to surprise? What does making it new mean to immigrant poets? How do the industrial, technological, and informational revolutions influence the citizen's ethical responsibility and the poet's aesthetic power?