Join poet Michael Schmeltzer as he discusses his new poetry book Blood Song with panelists, Jane Wong, Michelle Peñaloza, and Natasha Kochicheril Moni.
The challenge of art and literature is to create something timeless, a powerful work that speaks to the audience long after the artist is gone. But does timeless writing insist on a faceless writer? Our panelists will discuss the intersection of racial identity and art, and how their Asian-American heritage influences how they write, how they are read, and how to hold onto a sense of universality while speaking toward a minority experience.
This event is free with museum admission and free to museum Members.
Jane Wong holds a MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and teaches poetry and Asian American Studies at the University of Washington Bothell and the Hugo House. Her book Overpour (Action Books) is forthcoming this September.
Michelle Peñaloza is the author of two chapbooks: landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias Press) and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts). She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the University of Oregon, Kundiman, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, and the Richard Hugo House, among others.
Natasha Kochicheril Moni is a naturopathic medical student and the author of The Cardiologist's Daughter (Two Sylvias Press). Born in the North, to Dutch and Indian parents, and raised in the South, Natasha finds home in the Pacific Northwest. Her work can be found in numerous journals including Rattle, Luna Luna, Indiana Review, and DIAGRAM.