Tess Taylor, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, and Brynn Saito read from recent work about Dorothea Lange, migrancy, internment, and California's evolution.
About the poets
Brynn Saito is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press and a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She’s the curator of an online project and chapbook entitled, “Dear—” and she co-authored, with Traci Brimhall, the poetry chapbook, Bright Power, Dark Peace (Diode Editions, 2016). Brynn is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the English Department at California State University, Fresno.
Tess Taylor is the author of the poetry collections Work & Days (2016) and The Forage House (2013). Her work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the Boston Review, the Harvard Review, Literary Imagination, the Times Literary Supplement, Memorious, and the New Yorker. She was the 2010-2011 Amy Clampitt Resident, has received writing fellowships from Amherst College, the American Antiquarian Society, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony. She was recently a Distinguished Fulbright US Scholar at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University in Belfast and Anne Spencer Poet-in-Residence at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Marcelo Hernandez Castillo was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and immigrated to California with his family at the age of five. He received a BA from Sacramento State University and an MFA from the University of Michigan. Castillo is the author of Cenzontle (BOA Editions, 2018), which was chosen by Brenda Shaughnessy as the winner of the 2017 A. Poulin, Jr. Prize. His memoir, Children of the Land, was published in 2020. A founding member of the Undocupoets, he teaches poetry to incarcerated youth and also teaches at the Ashland University low-res MFA program. He lives in Marysville, California.