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Political Poetry of Our Moment

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Santa Ana, CA 92701

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Many around the world are turning to extreme nationalism for hope in solving the social problems of globalization. These poets offer imaginative, alternative ways of looking at the world and our human community.​

Jaryd Sugihara was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a senior Creative Writing and Philosophy double major at Chapman University. As a young child, he always enjoyed learning through reading and imagining himself in the stories he read and the movies he watched, but as one of Japanese descent, he rarely saw anyone who looked like him in the art and entertainment he grew up with. Through his writing, he explores the connection between the most intimate and mundane parts of people's lives and the experience of identity, striving to find ways to make the experience and feelings of identity alive for readers.

Jessica Flowers, drawn to many genres, is a poet, short story writer, screenwriter, radio talk show host, and senior at Chapman University, majoring in Screenwriting and minoring in English Literature. Her poetry radio talk show, Short Form Shelving, which aired in 2018, provided a platform for the listener to engage with poetry focusing on a variety of themes by poets from many demographics. Last summer she was privileged to be able to write a feature-length biopic on Harriet Tubman for the Summer Undergrauate Research Fellowhip at Chapman University. Her fiction and scripts focus on family and coming of age dramas, while her poetry deals with themes of race and environmentalism.

Caitlyn Cook is a Chapman alumnus with a BFA in Creative Writing. She specializes in psychological horror and experimental art forms that utilize hybrid writing and cross-genres. Spoken word poetry dealing with topics such as politics and mental health is another creative pursuit of hers. During her time as an undergraduate at Chapman, Caitlyn cofounded The Underground Experimental Zineand was accepted to present on the first and only undergrad panel at the &Now Innovate Writing Conference, hosted by Notre Dame University. She was also nominated as a finalist by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) for an excerpt of her nonfiction work entitled, Sleep Attempts Murder on the Insomniac (free her).

Danielle Shorr is a graduate student at Chapman University studying creative writing. A Southern California transplant, Danielle has become an active member in the literacy community, teaching workshops through Triple Threat mentoring and working with Say Word Project, the LA organization that helped her find her voice. Through her poetry and fiction, she hopes to be an accessible and relatable voice in writing.


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