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Panel | The World Is On Fire and We're Just Poets

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Three LA poets, Rocío Carlos, traci kato-kiriyama, and bridgette bianca, read from their latest and upcoming books and discuss their answers to the question: "What is job of the poet during a pandemic?" They will be taking questions submitted by the audience.

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Bridgette Bianca

Bridgette Bianca is a poet and professor from South Central Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Howard University and her Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Otis College of Art & Design. bridgette bianca has performed her poetry all around Southern California, including features at The World Stage, the Southern California Poetry Festival, Los Angeles Lit Crawl, the Table Lit, LitFest Pasadena, Rapp Saloon, La Palabra, and the un::fade::able Reading Series. She was most recently published on and in Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora. She is one half of the literary curating team, Making Room for Black Women, with Sanura Williams of My Lit Box. bridgette bianca’s work as a writer and an educator seeks to serve the people and moments most forget or ignore. Her first book of poetry, be/trouble, was just released by Writ Large Press in 2020.

Rocío Carlos

Rocío Carlos is the author of Coyolxhauqui, Los Angeles (Archetype Press, 2012), A World Below (Mindmade books, 2014), and co-author of (wirecutter collective, 2016). Her poems have appeared in Chaparral, Angel City Review, The Spiral Orb and Cultural Weekly. Most recently, her work was included in LACMA’s Pacific Standard Time exhibition, Those of This America. With the poet Terry Wolverton, she participated in the DIS.ARTICULATIONS project through Entropy Magazine. Her collaborative book, Attendance, with the poet Rachel Mcleod Kaminer is forthcoming from The Operating System in 2018. She is co-publisher of the Wirecutter Collective and is currently completing a book entitled (the other house). She was selected as a 2003 PEN Center Emerging Voices fellow.

Traci Kato-Kiriyama

Traci Kato-Kiriyama is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer/author, actor, arts educator & community organizer. Since 1996, she has performed and written for theatre tours, productions, artist residencies, and performance collaborations in hundreds of venues throughout the country [incl. LaMaMa Cabaret (NY); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF); Enwave Theatre (Toronto); Inner-City Arts (LA); Los Angeles Theatre Center (LA); CounterPULSE (SF); Bindlestiff Studio (SF); Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia)].


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