Live from Storyknife: September

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Recorded: September 20 | 6 PM – 7 PM AKDT
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Live from Storyknife is a monthly reading series featuring the guest residents of the Storyknife Writers Retreat.

Carolyn Forché’s most recent poetry book, In the Lateness of the World, was published in 2020 by Penguin Press and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her memoir, What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance, was published in 2019 and received the June E. Mendez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. She teaches at Georgetown University.

Pamela Uschuk has howled out seven poetry collections, including Crazy Love (American Book Award), Blood Flower (Book List Notable Book), and Refugee, released from Red Hen Press in May 2022. Translated into a dozen languages plus, her work appears in Poetry, Ploughshares, Agni Review and in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series. Awards include the War Poetry Prize, Best of the Web, Dorothy Daniels Writing Award from the National League of American PEN Women and prizes from Ascent and AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. Editor of CUTTHROAT, JOURNAL OF THE ARTS and Black Earth Institute Senior Fellow, Uschuk edited the anthologies, Truth To Power: Writers Respond To The Rhetoric Of Hate And Fear, 2017, Puro Chicanx Writers of the 21st Century, 2020 and Through the Ash, New Leaves, 2022. Besides teaching at University of Arizona Poetry Center, Pam’s writing a blended memoir, Hope’s Crazed Angels: An Odyssey Through Ovarian Cancer.

Monica Macansantos holds an MFA in Writing from the University of Texas at Austin, Michener Center for Writers, and a PhD in Creative Writing from the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Her debut collection of stories entitled Love and Other Rituals was published this month by the University of Melbourne’s Grattan Street Press: it’s currently available in Australia and New Zealand and will go on sale in the United States on October 22. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, The Hopkins Review, Lunch Ticket, Electric Literature, and Literary Hub, among other places. She has been awarded residencies at Hedgebrook, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the I-Park Foundation, and the Storyknife Writers Retreat. She is from the Philippines.

Emily Hoang is an Asian American writer and editor from San Francisco. She holds a B.S. in General Biology and a B.A. in Literatures of the World from UCSD. She also has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco. Her work has been published in GASHER Journal, The Baram House, Haunt Publishing, among others. She’s received support for her writing from Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, The Writers Grotto, and Storyknife Writers Retreat. She is currently working on a short story collection that uses speculative and horror elements to explore the ways in which the various relationships in our lives and, ultimately, with ourselves, can support and fail us in our journey toward attaining our dreams.

Jamaica Baldwin(she/her) is a poet and educator originally from Santa Cruz, CA. Her first book, Bone Language, will be published by YesYes Books in 2023. Her work has appeared in Guernica, World Literature Today, The Adroit Journal, and The Missouri Review, among others. Her accolades include a 2023 Pushcart Prize, 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the 2021 RHINO Poetry editor’s prize, and a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award. Her writing has been supported by Hedgebrook, Furious Flower, and the Jack Straw Writers program. Jamaica is currently the associate editor of Prairie Schooner at the University of Nebraska -Lincoln where she is pursuing her PhD in English with a focus on poetry and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Erica Watson grew up primarily in the Southwestern US, and has lived on the boundary of Denali National Park, on traditional Ahtna lands, since 2010. Her writing centers the intersection of human and nonhuman worlds, community, and climate change, and aims to complicate the narratives around US conservation and land management. She earned her MFA in creative nonfiction at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she was a recipient of the Jason Wenger Award for Excellence in Writing. Erica was a 2016 Fishtrap Fellow, and was described by a friend as “the bridge between Denali and Teen Vogue.” Her work appears in, About Place Journal, Panorama, and several Alaska publications.

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