Katerina Canyon is an award-winning poet, bestselling author, civil rights activist and essayist. She will read excerpts from her new collection of poetry Surviving Home, released November 9, 2021. Surviving Home is a collection of poems that serves as a memory of the trauma she has experienced and overcome. Concisely arresting and challenging the beliefs of family and the fantasies of tradition, the poems in Surviving Home show that home is a place you endure rather than a place you are nurtured. With an unyielding cadence and unprecedented sadness and warmth, Katerina Canyon contemplates the prejudices and boundaries buried in one person’s African-American heritage: parents who seem to care for you with one hand and slap you with the other, the secret desires to be freed from the daily burdens of life, as well as the surprising ways a child chooses to have fun. Finding resilience in the unexpected, this collection demolishes delicate family facades. Katerina Canyon is nominated for the 2021, 2020 and 2019 Pushcart Prize. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times and The Huffington Post.
Raúl Sánchez will read excerpts from his new collection of poetry When There Were No Borders. These poems present and re-present our “language”, our “language”, our “culture and our pride”. Steeped in unforgettable and worthy history and “blood blood blood,” these poems are never what you’d expect, but are as familiar as an ancestral landscape. Deeply layered like the culture itself, this book is una flor, many-petalled, many-voiced – sin frontera and utterly unique. From rich love poems to Neruda’s declamations to canciones and cantos, this book represents who we were and are, When There Were No Boundaries, presenting the multiverse that is America to through the voice of one, Raúl Sánchez, crossing borders.
Raúl Sánchez is the 2019-2021 City of Redmond Past Poet Laureate. He teaches poetry in Spanish through the Seattle Arts and Lectures (WITS) program, also through the Jack Straw Educational Project. For the past three years, he has volunteered for PONGO Teen Writing at the Juvenile Detention Center. He directs the “Poetry in the Park” event at Meadowbrook Pond in northeast Seattle. His work has appeared in a multitude of journals, magazines and anthologies. Her new collection When There Were No Borders was published by Flower Song Press, McAllen Texas in July 2021. Her latest book is All Our Brown Skinned Angels.
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