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Sunday, May 3 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Writing Across Cultures FULL

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With today’s continued growth in multiculturalism and the resistance to diversity by many groups, poets in the United States have an important role to play to advance social change by writing about other cultures in ways that promote shared experiences and equality. In this panel, we will discuss how our multicultural experiences can enter and inform our poetry, be it through the incorporation of other languages, the settings and themes we choose to explore in our work, or the translations of works into English or from English into other languages. Our goal is to start a conversation with other writers that we hope will carry beyond the conference.

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Sara Rivera

Writer, Artist, Educator, GrubStreet, The Urbano Project
Sara D. Rivera is an interdisciplinary artist and writer from Albuquerque, New Mexico, currently based in Boston. She holds a BFA in Art Studio and a BA in English from the University of New Mexico, an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University. Sara is of Peruvian and Cuban descent and recently spent time in Ireland as a 2013 Robert Pinsky Global Fellow in Poetry, writing about Irish verbal and musical traditions. She focuses her current... Read More →
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Tara Skurtu

Poet, Teacher, Translator, Boston University Prison Education Program
Tara Skurtu, originally from South Florida, is a poet and translator living in Boston. She is the recipient of a 2015-16 Fulbright, a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, and two Academy of American Poets prizes. Tara teaches incarcerated college students through Boston University's Prison Education Program. Her recent poems appear or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Poetry Wales, Poetry Review, Plume, Memorious, Salamander, and Poet Lore. Her... Read More →
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Patrick Sylvain

Patrick Sylvain is a poet, writer, translator, photographer, and academic. He is a faculty at Brown University’s Center for Language Studies. Sylvain has taught as a lecturer at Harvard, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Tufts University. Additionally, Sylvain was also a lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is published in several anthologies, academic journals, books, magazines and reviews including... Read More →

Sunday May 3, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Old Town Hall, 1st floor

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