The public is invited to readings and discussion about the immigrant experience, 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27 in Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Rotunda.
The readings will feature Los Alamos poet Jane Lin and Santa Fe poet Lauren Camp, both of whose work is anthologized in the new book “Two-Countries – US Daughters & Sons of Immigrant Parents,” edited by Tina Schumann. Following the readings by the two featured poets, there will be an open mike session where people will be invited to read their own short writing about immigration.
Jane Lin is the author of “Day of Clean Brightness,” published by 3: A Taos Press in 2017. In addition to writing poetry, she works as a software engineer for an environmental consulting company. She studied under Denise Levertov at Stanford and received her MFA from New York University’s Creative Writing program where she was a New York Times Company Foundation Creative Writing Fellow.
Her honors include a Kundiman fellowship and scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Taos Summer Writing Conference. For many years she taught creative writing at UNM-Los Alamos and facilitated the Mesa Public Library Poetry Gathering. Her poems have appeared in Cura, Five Points, jmww, New Madrid, Slant, Spoon River Poetry Review, The Collagist, The Harwood Poetry Anthology, and the Mas Tequila Review.
Lauren Camp/Courtesy photo
Lauren Camp is the author of the books “One Hundred Hungers,” “The Dailiness” and “This Business of Wisdom.” She has won the Dorset Prize and the National Federation of Press Women Poetry Prize for her poetry. She also teaches, hosts a radio show, and is well-known for her visual art, particularly her series “The Fabric of Jazz.”
“Two-Countries” editor Tina Schumann, herself a prominent poet and the daughter of immigrant parents, assembled the book to reflect her own experience, and
because she wanted to provide a venue for the voices of other writers. “I see now how unique my family experiences were and are; how differently my mother and I viewed our roles as women, our expectations of life, relationships, careers and world views because of how, where and when we came of age.”
In addition to Lin and Camp, contributors to the book include Richard Blanco, Tina Chang, Li-Young Lee, Timothy Liu, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ira Sukrungruang, Ocean Vuong and many other talented writers.
For more information about this event and additional programs presented by the Community Services Department of Los Alamos County, visit the Library page on Los Alamos County’s website or the Community Services Facebook page.