Weller Book Works Welcomes Poets Robert Terashima & Rob Carney
Sep 25, 2017, 7:00 pm
Join us at Weller Book Works for “Writing About Rights,” featuring poets Robert Terashima and Rob Carney.
Robert Terashima’s Issei and other poems strikes an important chord at this time of collective amnesia that we find ourselves living in right now. Terashima beautifully tells the story of his own family living in a country that had passed a Oriental Exclusion proclamation of 1907 which denied the right of any Asian person from ever becoming citizens of the United States. The word they used to describe this generation was Issei.
Terashima’s family lived in Utah already or else they would have found themselves inside the barbed wire that “contained” the west coast Japanese population, even those people who only know this country as their home. And while parallels are undeniable, the language is heartbreakingly beautiful.
Terashima is a recently retired pediatrician living with his wife Karen in South Jordan, Utah. He is the third generation of his family to live in America.
Rob Carney earned a BA in English from Pacific Lutheran University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University, completing his PhD at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He is a two-time winner of the Utah Book Award for Poetry and the author of four books and three chapbooks of poems, including 88 Maps, Story Problems and Weather Report from Somondoco Press. His work has appeared in Cave Wall, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, Quarterly West, Redactions, River Styx, Sugar House Review, other journals, as well as Flash Fiction Forward (Norton 2006). In 2014 he received the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry. He is a Professor of English at Utah Valley University.
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