In Defense of Butterflies: Poets for Migrant Justice

A Reading & Fundraiser with Nico Amador, Cynthia Dewi Oka & Natalie Scenters-Zapico

Poets will read original work that touches on issues relating to border culture, migration, and social justice; a representative from Migrant Justice, a non-profit organizing for economic justice and human rights in Burlington, Vermont, will give a talk and introduction.

A PoemCity 2019 Event. Suggested donation at the door, with all proceeds benefiting Migrant Justice.

About the Poets:

NICO AMADOR is a poet, community organizer and educator living in Vermont, by way of San Diego and Philadelphia. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Bettering American Poetry, Vol. 3, the Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day, Hypertext ReviewPoets Reading the NewsPoet LoreBedfellowsNimrod International JournalAPIARY Magazine, and elsewhere. His chapbook, Flower Wars, was selected as the winner of the Anzaldúa Poetry Prize and was published by Newfound Press in 2017. He is a recent grant recipient from the Vermont Arts Council, an alumni of the Lambda Literary Foundation's Writers Retreat, and helped to found the Rogue Writing Workshop of Philadelphia, which provides workshop instruction with accomplished poets to those writing and learning outside of academic institutions. He currently works for the ACLU of Vermont.

CYNTHIA DEWI OKA is the author of Salvage: Poems (Northwestern University Press, 2017) and Nomad of Salt and Hard Water (Thread Makes Blanket, 2016). Her work has appeared in ESPNW, Hyperallergic, Guernica, Academy of American Poets, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, Hot Metal Bridge, Painted Bride Quarterly, and elsewhere. With community partner Asian Arts Initiative, she created Sanctuary: A Migrant Poetry Workshop for immigrant poets in Philadelphia. She has received scholarships from VONA and the Vermont Studio Center, the Fifth Wednesday Journal Editor's Prize in Poetry, and the Leeway Foundation's Transformation Award. She is originally from Bali, Indonesia.   

NATALIE SCENTERS-ZAPICO is from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, U.S.A and Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, México. She is the author of The Verging Cities (Center For Literary Publishing 2015), winner of the PEN American/Joyce Osterweil Award, the Great Lakes Colleges Associations New Writer Award, the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Book Award, and the Utah Book Award. She holds fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and CantoMundo, and is a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow. She is a professor at Bennington College.

Event date: 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

77 Main St
Montpelier, VT 05602
United States
Lima:: Limón Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556595318
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 14th, 2019

Salvage: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780810136298
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Published: Triquarterly - December 15th, 2017