Students and faculty in the English Department and Creative Writing Minor, please join us! Reavey will discuss the craft of writing poetry, literary nonfiction, and memoir. This event will take place on Thursday, September 21st at 2:30pm in Ammons Lounge (A107 Tribble Hall).
Amanda Ngoho Reavey is a poet and teacher interested in ancestral stories and plant spirit communication. She is the
author of MARILYN, published by The Operating System press and winner of the 2017 Best Book Award in Poetry from the Association for Asian American Studies. Reavey is the founder and managing editor of Tea & Tattered Pages and works at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.
About MARILYN from the publisher: MARILYN began as an exploration through somatic experiments on what it means to stay and became a fragmented map of the immigration system, the international adoption process, and family. How do you articulate disenfranchised grief? How does a person who has no origin write herself into existence? What happens when all you have left is, as Sarita Echavez See says, “the body to articulate loss”? Framed by a return trip to the Philippines in 2011, her first time back since leaving, Reavey takes the most intense images (real, imagined, dreamed) encountered while living in-between six different countries and expunges them in an attempt to stitch the Asian, diasporic body.