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Jan-Henry Gray

Jan-Henry Gray is the author of Documents, winner of BOA Editions’s Poulin Poetry Prize, and the chapbook Selected Emails. He’s received fellowships from Kundiman, Undocupoets, and the Cooke Foundation. He is an Assistant Professor at Adelphi University in New York, where he serves as the Director of the Creative Writing MFA Program.

In Conversation

Christopher Soto with Jan-Henry Gray

I’ve been looking forward to this debut poetry book, Diaries of a Terrorist, for quite some time. Christopher Soto is someone I think of as a poet and activist in the same breath. His taut debut poetry collection is a testament to queer defiance of policing in the United States and abroad. His activism off the page (with UCLA Cops Off Campus, Writers for Migrant Justice, and Undocupoets) has pushed back against policing, human caging, and the mistreatment of migrants. Through language, his poetry and activism share some of the same concerns: an urgency for action, a clarity of vision, and yes, a new sense of hope.

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The Brooklyn Rail

NOV 2022

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