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Join us for poetry and conversation about creative, research, and transformative practices. Featuring contemporary poets reading from their recent books and in dialogue with KU student writers and artists. In collaboration with this spring's graduate poetry seminar (ENGL 752) and the Global Grasslands CoLABorative's Encounter + Engagement workshop.
For more information, contact Professor Megan Kaminski at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The book loosely navigates the archived immigration trial of Hong On, a biracial Alaska Native-Chinese man, in 1912 on Angel Island, CA during the Chinese Exclusion Act. Hong On was born in San Francisco, CA in 1895 and was orphaned shortly after. The concepts of U.S. government-designated recreational spaces, genocide, and intergenerational trauma are examined by Hong On’s granddaughter, the author, who sees imperialistic residue in product, place, and color naming. At the core of this book is the speaker’s Alaska Native great grandmother who is named “Unknown: Indian” on Hong On’s birth certificate.
Claire Meuschke grew up in the San Francisco Peninsula on what once was Ohlone land. Her debut poetry collection Upend was published by Noemi Press in 2020. She received her MFA from the University of Arizona and is currently a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University.