Connie Mae Concepción Oliver curates our 97th Radical Poetry Reading with Katerina Canyon, Dan Schapiro and viento izquierdo ugaz.
In this talk
Poet Katerina Canyon holds a Master of Arts in Law in Diplomacy at Tufts University, and she a B.A. in English, International Studies, and Creative Writing from Saint Louis University. She is a 2021, 2020, and 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee. She served as the Sunland-Tujunga California Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2004, during which she started the Shouting Coyote Poetry Festival. Katerina Canyon’s work has been published in publications such as Meniscus, New York Times, and Huffington Post. She has published three chapbooks and two albums. Her latest book, Surviving Home, is available through Kelsay Books. She is author of Changing the Lines, a joint project with her daughter Aja Canyon. She currently lives in Seattle, where she can often be found writing poetry near Meadowbrook Pond.
Based between Lima & New York, viento izquierdo ugaz is a multidisciplinary artist, cultural organizer, art director & language justice worker. Through poetry, photography, thread & moving image they consider the effect of migration on the visual language of their lineage, and how this lexicon permeates their queer & trans chosen family archive. They are founder of Peru-based, Cabritas Resistiendo, a mutable platform where trans folks resist together virtually and IRL; co-organizer of BODYHACK, a NY/global mutual aid happy hour for trans & non-binary people, and co-founder of rogueTHEIF, an upcycled denim brand seeking to poke holes in capitalist modes of exchange. viento is a consultant with Transgender Equity Consulting and a current Leslie Lohman Museum and EMERGENYC Fellow.
Poet and artist Connie Mae Concepción Oliver lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her first book of poems, Cosmos A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan Ann Druyan Steven Soter And Me (Operating System, 2017) is about nuclear disarmament. Her second book, Science Fiction Fiction (Spuyten Duyvil, 2020) is an homage to Miami-Dade County and color photography in the early aughts.