At this event,Vickie Vértiz and Kenji K. Liu will be reading at the Alice Gallery, where their works are featured in the current exhibition, /what are we but lying single surface/, an exhibition of prints, photography, poetry and video. In the exhibit artists-writers-activists-teachers abandon the exclusive, disciplinary lies that mark territories of the visual arts and poetry, exploring themes of identity, place, family, language, collaboration, and self-making in their own terms.
Vértiz will also be sharing work from her new book out of U of Arizona Press, Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut, which was listed by Remezcla as one of “12 Books on Immigration, Youth, & Latinx Identity That Will Enrich Your Life.”
Vickie Vértiz was born and raised in Southeast Los Angeles. A Lucille Clifton Scholar at the Community of Writers, she was also the 2016 Poetry Center Fellow at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Among many places, Vértiz’s work can be found in Huizache, The Volta, and in The Coiled Serpent anthology by Tia Chucha Press. Her second poetry collection, Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut, was just published by the University of Arizona Press, Camino del Sol series in September 2017.
Kenji C. Liu (劉謙司) is author of Map of an Onion, national winner of the 2015 Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize. His poetry is in American Poetry Review, Action Yes!, Split This Rock’s poem of the week series, several anthologies, and two chapbooks, Craters: A Field Guide (2017) and You Left Without Your Shoes (2009). A Kundiman fellow and an alumnus of VONA/Voices, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and the Community of Writers, he lives in Los Angeles.