The Archive Project – The Poets of Literary Arts on Broadway

Shayla Lawson (left), Stephanie Adams-Santos (center) and Jane Wong (right)

Photos by: Erica J. Mitchell (left), Stephanie Adams-Santos (center), UW Bothell (right)

Three contemporary poets, Shayla Lawson, Stephanie Adams-Santos and Jane Wong, share their poetry and discuss their work and inspirations. In 2018, Literary Arts hosted a free reading series called Poets on Broadway, in collaboration with Portland’s 5 Centers for the Arts, at Antoinette Hatfield Hall in downtown Portland. This episode features recordings of those events, with Lawson sharing selections from his poetry book “I Think I’m Ready to Meet Frank Ocean”, Adams-Santos from “Swarm Queen’s Crown” and Wong from “Overpour”.

Biography :

Shayla Lawson is the author of three books of poetry – “A Speed ​​Education in Human Being”, the “PANTONE” chapbook and “I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean” – and the upcoming collection of essays ” MAJOR: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, & Being Dope {AF} “(Harper Perennial, 2020). His work has been published in print and online on Tin House, GRAMMA, ESPN, Salon, The Offing, Guernica, Colorado Review, Barrelhouse, and MiPOesias. She is curator of The Tenderness Project with Ross Gay and writes poems with Chet’la Sebree. A member of the MacDowell and Yaddo Artist Colony, Lawson is currently Writer in Residence and President of Creative Writing at Amherst College.

Stephanie Adams-Santos is a Guatemalan-American multidisciplinary writer and educator whose work spans poetry, prose, screenwriting, and hybrid genres. Her comprehensive collection of poems, “Swarm Queen’s Crown” (Fathom Books, 2016) was a finalist in the Lambda Literary Awards, which celebrate excellence in LGBTQ voices. She is also the author of “Total Memory”, “Little Fugues” and the award-winning chapbook “The Sundering”, shortlisted for a New York Chapbook. Stephanie was nominated for the Pushcart Award and Best New Poets, and was a finalist for a Corporeal Voices Fellowship for Writers of Color. His work has been published in numerous print and online newspapers and magazines, including Guernica, The Boston Review, Orion Magazine, and others.

Jane Wong is the author of “Overpour” and “How Not to Be Afraid of Everything” (Alice James Books, 2021). Wong’s poems can be found in places such as “Best American Poetry 2015”, American Poetry Review, POETRY, AGNI, Third Coast, New England Review, and others. Her essays have appeared in McSweeney’s, Black Warrior Review, Ecotone, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, and This is the Place: Women Writing About Home. A Kundiman Fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Award and US Fulbright Program Scholarships and Residencies, Artist Trust, 4Culture, the Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf, Willapa Bay AiR, Hedgebrook, the Jentel Foundation, SAFTA and Mineral L ‘school.

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