The Citizenship Question

Jenni(f)fer Tamayo is a queer, migrant, and formerly undocumented poet, essayist, and performer. Her poetry collections include To Kill the Future in the Present (Green Lantern Press, 2018), You Da One (Noemi Press, 2017), and [Red Missed Aches] (Switchback Books, 2011). Currently, JT lives and works on Ohlone and Patwin lands and is pursuing her PhD in performance studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research explores how contemporary Black and Indigenous poets use vocal practices to counternarrate histories of colonial violence.

If I Ever Get My Citizenship Papers

Aline Mello is a Brazilian writer and editor living in Atlanta. She is an Undocupoet fellow, and her work has been published or is forthcoming in Atlanta Review, The New Republic, Grist, and elsewhere.

Ticking the Box

Autumn McClintock lives in Philadelphia and works at a public library. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Account, Cimarron Review, Denver Quarterly, Permafrost, Sonora Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and others. She is a staff reader for Ploughshares and the associate poetry editor of Doubleback Review.

The Second Front Door

Joshua Weiner is the author of three books of poetry, most recently The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish (University of Chicago Press, 2013); he is also the editor of At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn (University of Chicago Press, 2009). “Berlin Notebook,” his chronicle reporting on the refugee crisis in Berlin, was supported with a Guggenheim fellowship and published by Los Angeles Review of Books in 2016 as a digital edition. Trumpoems (2018) is a chapbook available as a free digital edition from Dispatches from the Poetry Wars. His translation with Linda B. Parshall of Nelly Sachs’s Flight & Metamorphosis will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2021.

Frutos Extraños

Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of seven books, including I Hotel (2010), finalist for the National Book Award, and the forthcoming Sansei & Sensibility (2020), all published by Coffee House Press. Recipient of the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature and a U.S. Artists Ford Foundation Fellowship, she is professor emerita of literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Displaced Farmers, Refugee Seeds: Why Syrians and Kurds Aren’t Going Back “Home” from Lebanon

Gary Paul Nabhan is a Lebanese-American and Ecumenical Franciscan Brother who was hosted in Lebanon by American University in Beirut in 2018. A MacArthur Fellow and award-winning essayist, he is working on a novel about his family’s flight from Syria a century ago. Nabhan has authored and edited more than thirty-five books on the natural history and ecology of the American Southwest and the importance of nurturing cultural diversity to preserve biodiversity. One of the co-authors of the manifesto “An Invitation to the Radical Center” (2003), his most recent books include Mesquite (Chelsea Green, 2018) and Food from the Radical Center: Healing Our Land and Communities (Island Press, 2018). 

The Citizenship Question

Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis is curator of Asian Pacific American Studies at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, where he oversees the Smithsonian Literature + Museum Initiative, devoted to rethinking collective responsibility for what we write and read, and why. The lead organizer for the Asian American Literature Festival, co-hosted by the Smithsonian, Library of Congress, and Poetry Foundation, he is also a co-founder of the pop-up Center for Refugee Poetics and co-founding director of the arts antiprofit The Asian American Literary Review. 

From “American Diva”

Deborah Paredez is the author of the critical study Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory (Duke University Press, 2009) and of the poetry volumes Year of the Dog (BOA Editions, 2020) and This Side of Skin (Wings Press, 2002). She is currently at work on a book of essays, “American Diva,” that chronicles the impact of divas on her life and on American culture more broadly during the past fifty years. She is a professor of creative writing and ethnic studies at Columbia University and co-founder of CantoMundo, a national organization for Latinx poets.

Mapping Subjectivity

Emily McGinn is the Head of Digital Humanities at the University of Georgia. She oversees the Willson Center Digital Humanities Lab in a role that includes digital project management and digital-humanities pedagogy. She holds a PhD in comparative literature with a focus on the impact of technology on narrative form in Latin American and Irish modernisms.