Join us in the bookstore for this reading and reception with esteemed poets and literary citizens Joseph O. Legaspi, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, and Milkweed’s own Chris Santiago. Book signing to follow.
JOSEPH O. LEGASPI is the author of the poetry collections Threshold and Imago, both from CavanKerry Press; and three chapbooks: Postcards (Ghost Bird Press), Aviary, Bestiary (Organic Weapon Arts), and Subways (Thrush Press). Recent works have appeared in POETRY, New England Review, World Literature Today, Beloit Poetry Journal, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day. He cofounded Kundiman (www.kundiman.org), a nonprofit organization serving generations of Asian American writers and readers.
CHRIS SANTIAGO is the author of Tula, winner of the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, selected by A. Van Jordan. His poems, fiction, and criticism have appeared in FIELD, Copper Nickel, Pleiades, and the Asian American Literary Review. He holds degrees in creative writing and music from Oberlin College and received his PhD in English from the University of Southern California. The recipient of fellowships from Kundiman and the Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, Santiago is also a percussionist and amateur jazz pianist. He teaches literature, sound culture, and creative writing at the University of St. Thomas. He lives in Minnesota.
JENNIFER KWON DOBBS is associate professor of Creative Writing and program director of Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College. Her poetry collections include Paper Pavilion (White Pine Press 2007), Interrogation Room (White Pine Press 2018), and the chapbooks Notes from a Missing Person (Essay Press 2015) and the German-translated Necro Citizens (forthcoming). A recipient of grants from the Daesan Foundation and Minnesota State Arts Board, among others, she is currently co-editing an anthology of auto-critical writing on kinship.