West-East Poets of the Pandemic and Beyond

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Join West-East Poets of the Pandemic and Beyond for a reading that will bring together four remarkable poets from points west, east, north and south.

Co-hosts Susana H. Case, Lynn McGee, Carolyne Wright and Sandy Yannone are excited to present a truly amazing lineup including Garrett Hongo (Oregon), Mary Oishi (Albuquerque), Christina M. Rau (Long Island, New York) and Alex Simões (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil).

Sunday, July 14, 2024 at 5 p.m. Mountain.

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Poets Garrett Hongo (Oregon), Mary Oishi (Albuquerque), Christina M. Rau (Long Island, New York) and Alex Simões (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil).

About the Poets

Garrett Hongo

Poet, memoirist and audio writer GARRETT HONGO was born in Volcano, Hawai’i and grew up there and in Los Angeles. He earned his B.A. from Pomona College and his M.F.A. from the University of California-Irvine, where he studied with the poets C.K. Williams, Howard Moss and Charles Wright. His poetry collections are Yellow Light (1982), The River of Heaven (1988), which received the Lamont Poetry Prize and was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Coral Road (2011). In non-fiction, he has published The Mirror Diary (2017) and Volcano: A Memoir of Hawaiʻi (1995), perhaps his best known work. His work has been recognized with fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a frequent contributor of audio articles to Soundstage! Ultra and lives in Eugene, where he is Distinguished Professor at the University of Oregon.


Mary Oishi

MARY OISHI, Albuquerque Poet Laureate (2020-2022), is the author of Sidewalk Cruiseship (UNM Press, 2024) and Spirit Birds They Told Me (West End Press, 2011), as well as co-author of Rock Paper Scissors (Swimming with Elephants, 2018), and editor of 2023 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award-winning One Albuquerque, One Hundred Poets. Her work is published in numerous anthologies and publications throughout the U.S. and internationally, including in translation.


Christina Rau

CHRISTINA M. RAU’s latest collection, How We Make Amends, takes a poetic jaunt from the forest to the sea. Other publications include the poetry collections What We Do To Make Us Whole and the Elgin Award-winning Liberating The Astronauts. She moderates the Women’s Poetry Listserv and has served as Poet in Residence for Oceanside Library (NY) since 2020. Her poetry airs on Destiniesradio show (WUSB) and appears in various literary journals like fillingStation and The Disappointed Housewife while her prose has appeared in Punk Monk Magazine and Reader’s Digest. When she’s not writing, she’s teaching yoga or watching the Game Show Network.


Alex Simões

ALEX SIMÕES is an LGBTQ, Afro-Brazilian poet and performer from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, who creates urban interventions with spoken and sung poetry and visual poems. He has published six poetry collections: Contrassonetos catados & Via Vândala (Itabuna, Bahia: Editora Mondrongo, 2015); (hai)céufies (Esquizo, 2014); Quarenta e Uns Sonetos Catados (Salvador da Bahia: Domínio Público, 2013); trans formas são (Salvador da Bahia: Organismo Editora, 2018), from which these poems are translated; assim na terra como no selfie (boto cor-de-rosa livros, 2021), and minha terra tem ladeiras (Caramurê, 2021). Alex’s poetry has been anthologized in Brazil and the U.S., and poems of his in translation by Carolyne Wright have appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, Nimrod International, PRISM International, and Channel Magazine.