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“Poets Disrupting the Status Quo”: Kemi Alabi, Paul Hlava Ceballos, Anni Liu & Christopher Soto

Saturday, November 19, 2022 @ 11:00 am

Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)

300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Against Heaven: Poems by Kemi Alabi reimagines the poetic and cultural traditions from which it is born, troubling the waters of some of our country’s central and ordained fictions – those mythic politics of respectability, resilience, and redemption. Utilizing collage, Ecuadorian décimas, and declassified CIA documents, the poems in Paul Hlava Ceballos‘ debut collection banana [ ] reveal the extractive relationship the United States has with the Americas and its people through poetic portraits of migrants, family, and personal memories. In poems that consider migration as an ongoing process rather than a finite event, Anni Liu‘s Border Vista: Poems intimately narrates the experience of being undocumented, or precariously documented, in America, and examines the way the violence of the carceral state shapes our most intimate relationships to each other and to the land. In Diaries of a Terrorist, Christopher Soto demands the abolition of policing and human caging – which happens not only to individuals but to whole communities – and opens the imagination towards possibilities of existence beyond the status quo.


Saturday, November 19, 2022
11:00 am





Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States
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