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Sep 30, 2022

Host Maggie Lam engages poet Paul Tran in a discussion about the intentionalities behind writing about trauma, their process of self-inquiry as poetic investigation, and what freedom / survival means to them. Paul shares stories from their roots in spoken word poetry, anecdotes of being in community with queer poets of color, and lessons passed down from mentors such as Rigoberto Gonzalez, Carl Philips, and Mary Jo Bang. Paul reads “Lipstick Elegy”, recently featured in The New York Times, from their debut collection All the Flowers Kneeling.