Michelle Peñaloza & Friends
We’re pleased to welcome poet Michelle Peñaloza back to Seattle this evening, to read from her much anticipated new collection, Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire (Inlandia Books), which won the 2019 Hillary Gravendyk National Prize. “As an heraldic preface to her wondrous new volume, Michelle Peñaloza asks of her poetry a profound question—How do children born of empire // once removed // possess the history // of their naming? So the poet sings in splendid particulars—of a mother almost mystic in affection, a father who works with uncommon pride in his work on an assembly line, of her sensuous own body burgeoning with erotic impulse and tenderness, of the romance of an island archipelago luminous with magical beasts but also riven by colonial decrees...The book is a colorful and complex mosaic of repossession, a repairing of an uprooted history, and Peñaloza’s own passionate monody of praise for all that was lost.”-Garrett Hongo.
Reading with Michelle Peñaloza tonight are three Filipinx American writers. Robert Francis Flor is a prolific poet, playwright, prose writer and mentor to generations of Asian American writers. His work includes a chapbook Alaskero Memories and the plays Mabuhay Majesty and The FAYTS – The Filipino American Young Turks. Emily P. Lawsin, National Vice President of the Filipino American National History Society (FANHS), is a poet, essayist and short story writer whose work has appeared in Flippin’ and in Troubling Borders. Corina Zappia’s essays and reviews have appeared in Salon, Catapult and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She was formerly contributing food writer at The Stranger.