october, 2018

27oct6:00 pm7:30 pmBorders RACE Privilege Myths…& the MFA, featuring Asiya Wadud


Event Details

lease join us at Moon Palace Books to welcome our esteemed guests: legend Ray Gonzalez, brilliant V.V Sugi Ganeshananthan, and new poetry faculty member/rockstar Douglas Kearney from the U’s MFA Program!!

ALSO, we are absolutely thrilled to welcome Brooklyn-based poet & friend Asiya Wadud whose debut poetry collection “Crosslight for Youngbird” (Nightboat Books) was just released on October 2, 2018 (TODAY)––hot off the press!!! Read about Asiya’s next two books (!!!) and other amazing projects at www.asiyawadud.com.

Each luminous writer will read from their rich body of work, then they will sit with Sun Yung Shin to have a conversation (aka real talk) about race, borders, privilege & myths (not necessarily in this order) in their work, and how these things relate to MFA programs, and if MFA programs are just extensions of white supremacy b/c academia (& other systems of oppression) & b/c racism. As Ray Gonzalez nears retirement after 20+ years at the U , he’s said, “I’m ready to talk.” (He’s been the only POC writer until Sugi was hired in 2015, with the exception of Ojibwe novelist David Treuer’s brief tenure as fiction faculty.) Please read below their impressive bios.

FREE & open to everyone!! Moon Palace Books serves the best pizza in town ; they also serve beer & wine; vegan options. Grab dinner while witnessing some pure genius then buy books!

************************OUR STELLAR READERS***********************

V.V. Ganeshananthan is the author of the novel Love Marriage, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize and named one of Washington Post Book World’s Best of 2008. She is a recent recipient of the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin, a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Fiction, and a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She is at work on a second novel, excerpts of which have appeared in Granta, Ploughshares, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. She has been visiting faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Michigan, and presently teaches in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota.

Photo credit: Annette Hornischer, courtesy of the American Academy in Berlin


Ray Gonzalez is the author of 16 books of poetry including the new Cutting the Wire: Poetry and Photography from the U. S.–Mexican Border (University of New Mexico Press), a collaboration with El Paso poet Lawrence Welsh and photographer Bruce Berman. He received a 2017 Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress.


Douglas Kearney’s most recent collection, Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016), is a Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize winner, a CLMP Firecracker awardee, and California Book Award silver medalist. Publisher’s Weekly called Kearney’s Mess and Mess and (Noemi Press, 2015) “an extraordinary book.” He teaches at the University of Minnesota.

Photo credit: Rafael Hernandez


Asiya Wadud’s debut collection, Crosslight for Youngbird, was released from Nightboat Books in October 2018, and Syncope (Ugly Duckling Presse) and No Knowledge Is Complete Until It Passes Through My Body (Nightboat) will be out in 2019 and 2020, respectively. Her work has been supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Dickinson House, Mount Tremper Arts, and the New York Public Library, among others. Recent work can be found in Chicago Review, Best American Experimental Writing 2018, and Tupelo Quarterly. She teaches poetry at Saint Ann’s School and leads an English conversation class for new immigrants Wednesday evenings at the Brooklyn Public Library.


(Saturday) 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


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3032 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis MN


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