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Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes on Garrett Hongo
September 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
On Saturday, September 18th, the Poetry Salon will resume with a discussion of the poetry of Garrett Hongo. We will meet from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Abbot Library Meeting Room. The first poet in a series devoted to Asian-American poets, Garrett Hongo was born in Volcano, Hawai’i to Japanese-American parents. He grew up in Hawai’i and Los Angeles, and earned his BA from Pomona College and his MFA from the University of California-Irvine, where he studied with the poets C.K. Williams, Howard Moss, and Charles Wright. His collections of poetry include Yellow Light (1982); The River of Heaven (1988), which received the Lamont Poetry Prize and was nominated for a Pulitzer; Coral Road: Poems (2011); and The Mirror Diary (2017). His poetry explores the experiences of Asian-Americans in Anglo society, using lush imagery, narrative techniques, and myth to address both cultural alienation and the trials of immigrants, including the forced internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, as well as the anti-Japanese sentiment today. Claire Keyes, Professor Emerita from Salem State University, will lead the discussion.