Poetry and Belonging: a Reading by Poets Janice Harrington & Oliver de la Paz

Janice Harrington’s first book of poetry, Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone, won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize from BOA Editions and also the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her other poetry collections are The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home, and Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin. Her children’s books have won many awards, including a listing among TIME Magazine’s top 10 children’s books. She teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Illinois.

Oliver de la Paz is the author of four books of poetry, including Names Above Houses; Furious Lullaby (SIU Press 2001, 2007); Requiem for the Orchard; and Post Subject: A Fable (U. of Akron Press 2010, 2014). He co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, a not-for-profit dedicated to promoting Asian American Poetry, and serves on the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Board of Trustees.