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october, 2023

20octfriPortrait of Us Burning - Sebastián H Páramo7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Event Type :Book Presentation

Event Details

Join Sebastián H. Páramo and friends at The Wild Detectives on October 20, 2023 to celebrate the release of his debut collection, Portrait of Us Burning. He will be joined by Dorothy Chan, James Davis, Mag Gabbert, and Jacob Shores-Argüello.

Sebastián H. Páramo renders a semi-autobiographical collection, utilizing self-portraiture and memory to uncover how his Texan, working-class, Mexican American identity shapes his relationship with his half-brother and to his family’s burning desire to become American.
Portrait of Us Burning begins with the humble picture of an immigrant American family. This picture starts to disintegrate—and, ultimately, burns—with the need to understand an inciting event that haunts the family throughout the second half of the collection. As the poems gather force and the picture dissolves further, Páramo asks us again and again: What does it mean to burn while becoming a part of a whole?
Sebastián H. Páramo is the author of the forthcoming collection Portrait of Us Burning (Northwestern University Press/Curbstone Books, 2023). His work has recently appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Poetry Northwest, The Arkansas International, Prairie Schooner, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, and elsewhere. His work has received fellowships and support from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, the Dobie Paisano Fellowship Program at the University of Texas at Austin, and CantoMundo. He received his MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of North Texas. He is the founding editor of The Boiler, Poetry Editor for Deep Vellum, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Austin College in Sherman, Texas.

Opening Readers

Dorothy Chan (she/they) is the author of multiple poetry collections, including Return of the Chinese Femme (forthcoming from Deep Vellum, 2024), BABE (Diode Editions, 2021), Revenge of the Asian Woman (Diode Editions, 2019), Attack of the Fifty-Foot Centerfold (Spork Press, 2018), and the chapbook Chinatown Sonnets (New Delta Review, 2017). They were a 2023 finalist for the Roethke Poetry Award for Revenge of the Asian Woman, a 2022 finalist for the Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize from the New England Poetry Club for BABE, a 2020 and 2014 finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a 2020 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Bisexual Poetry for Revenge of the Asian Woman, and a 2019 recipient of the Philip Freund Prize in Creative Writing from Cornell University. Their work has appeared in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets, and elsewhere. Chan is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of Honey Literary Inc., a 501(c)(3) BIPOC literary arts organization, run by women, femme, and queer editors of color.

James Davis is the author of Club Q (The Waywiser Press, 2020), which won the 15th annual Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, selected by Edward Hirsch. His poems have been anthologized in two installments of Best New Poets (2011 and 2019), as well as numerous magazines and journals, including Copper Nickel, American Literary Review, The Gay & Lesbian Review, 32 Poems, Cream City Review, and The Gettysburg Review. He holds a Bachelor’s in French from the University of Houston and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Florida. The Mastheads awarded him a writer’s residency in 2019, and the Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop included him in the Poetry Collective from 2018 to 2019. He is a Voertman-Ardoin Fellow at the University of North Texas, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in creative writing. He also reads submissions for Narrative as an Associate Poetry Editor and serves as Editor in Chief of American Literary Review. He lives in Denton, Texas.

Mag Gabbert is the author of SEX DEPRESSION ANIMALS (Mad Creek Books, 2023), which was selected by Kathy Fagan as the winner of the 2021 Charles B. Wheeler Prize in Poetry; the chapbook The Breakup, which was selected by Kaveh Akbar as the winner of the 2022 Baltic Writing Residencies Chapbook Award; and the chapbook Minml Poems (Cooper Dillon Books, 2020). She’s the recipient of a 2021 Discovery Award from 92NY’s Unterberg Poetry Center as well as fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Idyllwild Arts, and Poetry at Round Top. Her work can be found in The American Poetry Review, The Paris Review Daily, Copper Nickel, Guernica, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere. Mag has an MFA from the University of California at Riverside and a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. She lives in Dallas, Texas and teaches at Southern Methodist University.

Jacob Shores-Argüello is a Costa Rican American poet and prose writer. He is the author of In The Absence of Clocks, which was awarded the 2011 Crab Orchard Series Open Competition, judged by Yusef Komunyakaa. Jacob is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, the Dzanc Books ILP International Literature Award, the Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship in Provincetown, the Djerassi Resident Artist’s Fellowship, and the Amy Clampitt residency in Lenox, MA. His second book Paraíso was selected for the inaugural CantoMundo Poetry Prize judged by Aracelis Girmay. He is a 2018/019 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and a Lannan Literary Fellow for Poetry. His poetry appears in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, and The Academy of American Poets, among others. His fiction appears in The Oxford American, among others.






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