Michelle Brittan Rosado, Marie Tozier & Amber Flora Thomas
November 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm AKST
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Michelle Brittan Rosado is the author of Why Can’t It Be Tenderness, which won the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018), and Theory on Falling into a Reef, which won the inaugural Rick Campbell Chapbook Prize (Anhinga Press, 2016). Her poems have been published in venues such as Alaska Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, The New Yorker, and the anthology Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience. She has received awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, Community of Writers, Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the Vermont Studio Center. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno, and a PhD in Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. She currently lives in Long Beach and teaches first-year writing at USC.
Marie Tozier is the author of Open the Dark (Boreal Books, 2020). Her poems have appeared in Yellow Medicine Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Catamaran Literary Reader. She has devoted much of her life to passing down traditional skills and ways of knowing. She can show you how to butcher a seal. Her poems spring from the tundra, from rural life and family life. Reviewer Corinna Cook says that Open the Dark is “full of the rhythms of seasons and family and ancient narratives, but it is also about the open wound of residential school history.” In her poem “They Tried to Teach Me History,” Tozier pushes back against systemic attempts to obliterate all things native, making room for grief and for a world where there is enough for everyone. She leads classes in sewing, quilting, knitting, qiviut processing, and writing at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Northwest Campus.
Amber Flora Thomas is the author of Eye of Water: Poems, which was selected by Harryette Mullen as the winner of the 2004 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her other books include The Rabbits Could Sing: Poems (University of Alaska Press, 2012) and Red Channel in the Rupture: Poems (Red Hen Press, 2018). Her poetry has appeared in The New England Review, Tin House, Ecotone, Callaloo, Orion Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, Saranac Review, and Third Coast, as well as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, and other journals and anthologies. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She earned an MFA at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.