Nancy Chen Long, Robert Walicki, Angele Ellis (U.S.)Thursday, October 26, 2017 @ 8 p.m.
Join us for a poetry reading exploring themes of cultural and class identity.
The fluid nature of identity as it changes through time as well as through familial and societal influences,” as Indiana poet Nancy Chen Long defines her work, is a common thread linking her to Pittsburgh poets Angele Ellis and Robert Walicki. Chen Long—an engineer and the immigrant daughter of a Taiwanese mother and American father, Ellis—the activist grandchild of Arab immigrants, and Walicki—whose day job as a plumber brings him into direct conflict with common notions of masculinity, add new and brilliant strands to the tapestry of American poetry.
Nancy Chen Long was born in Taipei to a Taiwanese mother and an American father, and came to the U.S. at age six. A 2017 National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing fellow, her first book, Light into Bodies, won the 2016 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. It touches on the fluid nature of identity as it changes through time as well as through familial and societal influences. Nancy has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, an MBA, and an MFA. She works in Research Technologies at Indiana University Her poetry has appeared in Ninth Letter, Crab Orchard Review, Zone 3, Briar Cliff Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, and elsewhere.
Robert Walicki is a native Pittsburgher who works as a plumber. His poetry chapbooks A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet, 2016) reflect aspects of Pittsburgh’s rich working class history, and examine issues of personal and class identity. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, Robert’s poetry has appeared in Vox Populi, Stone Highway Review, The Kentucky Review, Red River Review, and elsewhere. The Almost Sound of Snow Falling was nominated to the 2016 list of books for Poets House, a 70,000-volume free library in New York City.
Angele Ellis is a longtime editor and activist whose first book of poems, Arab on Radar (Six Gallery, 2007), written from her perspective as an Arab American in the aftermath of 9/11, won an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She also is author of Spared (A Main Street Rag Editors’ Choice Chapbook, 2011), and a tribute to her adopted city, Under the Kaufmann’s Clock: Fiction, Poems, and Photographs of Pittsburgh, with photos by Rebecca Clever (Six Gallery, 2016). Angele is co-author of Dealing With Differences (Corwin, 1997), an alternative curriculum named as a top multicultural classroom resource by The Christian Science Monitor, and is a contributing editor to Al Jadid: A Review & Record of Arab Culture and Arts.