Asiya Wadud + Mercedes Lucero: A Poetry Reading Presented by KU Creative Writing

University of Kansas Graduate Creative Writing Program
Visiting Writers Series Presents:
Asiya Wadud
+ Mercedes Lucero

Asiya Wadud’s debut collection, Crosslight for Youngbird, was published by Nightboat Books in 2018 and her book Syncope will be out from Ugly Duckling Presse later this year. Her third full-length collection No Knowledge Is Complete Until It Passes Through My Body will be out in 2020. Her work has been supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Mount Tremper Arts, and the New York Public Library, among others. She teaches poetry at Saint Ann’s School and leads an English conversation class for new immigrants at the Brooklyn Public Library.

Crosslight for Youngbird:is an an urgent and vital debut collection of poems that mixes ekphrasis with reportage to draw a new narrative of our present-day migration crises. Crosslight for Youngbird explores the slipperiness of borders, as well as borders’ tentacles: mother tongue, language, and mastery, citizenship and nationality, migration and flight. These poems are concerned with the demands we make on our body, the limits of those demands, and ultimately, how everyone inhabits space.

 

 

Mercedes Lucero is the author of Stereometry (Another New Calligraphy 2018) and the chapbook, In the Garden of Broken Things (Flutter Press 2016). A Zinn Writer in Residence at the Lawrence Arts Center and the 2017 winner of the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award for Poetry, she is currently a PhD candidate in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Kansas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event date: 
Monday, April 15, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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ISBN: 9781937658878
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Published: Nightboat Books - October 2nd, 2018

Crosslight for Youngbird explores the slipperiness of borders, as well as borders' tentacles: mother tongue, language and mastery, citizenship and nationality, migration and flight. These poems are concerned with the demands we make on our body, the limits of those demands, and ultimately, how everyone inhabits space.


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