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Last Days is a poetic practice of radical imagination for our current political and environmental crises. It excavates the conditions that have brought us to this moment—white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, corporate power, and capitalism. It explores how we might transform these conditions to usher in a future that is more beautiful, more just, and more loving than we can even imagine. The poems call on ancestors, birds, organizers, and love to conjure the “bricks and mortar” of this new world. It is an offering to all of us who need to ground in our power so we can do the work of transforming our world.
Tamiko Beyer is the author Last Days and We Come Elemental (Alice James Books). Her poetry and articles have been published widely, including by Denver Quarterly, Idaho Review (forthcoming), Dusie, Black Warrior Review, Georgia Review, Lit Hub, and the Rumpus. She has received awards, fellowships, and residencies from PEN America, Kundiman, Hedgebrook, VONA, and the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, among others. She publishes Starlight and Strategy, a monthly newsletter for living life wide awake and shaping change. She is a queer, mixed race (Japanese and white), cisgender woman and femme, living in on Masssachusett, Wampanoag, and Pawtucket land. A social justice communications writer and strategist, she spends her days writing truth to power. More at tamikobeyer.com.
Poet and organizer Ching-In Chen is author of to make black paper sing (speCt! books, 2019), recombinant (2017), and The Heart’s Traffic (2009). They have coedited two anthologies: The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (2011) and Here Is a Pen: An Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets (2009). A Kundiman, Lambda, and Callaloo fellow, they are a part of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities, and have been a participant in Sharon Bridgforth’s Theatrical Jazz Institute. They have helped to organize Asian American communities in San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside, and Boston. Chen earned a BA from Tufts University, MFA from University of California, Riverside, and PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Chen has been awarded fellowships from Soul Mountain Retreat, Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Millay Colony, and the Norman Mailer Center. Their poem-play “The Geisha Play” was nominated for a John Cauble Short Play Award. They currently teach at University of Washington, Bothell.
Jane Wong's poems can be found in places such as Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019, Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, POETRY, AGNI, Third Coast, New England Review, and others. Her essays have appeared in McSweeney's, Black Warrior Review, Ecotone, The Common, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, and This is the Place: Women Writing About Home. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships and residencies from the U.S. Fulbright Program, Artist Trust, 4Culture, the Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf, Hedgebrook, Willapa Bay, the Jentel Foundation, SAFTA, Mineral School, and others. She is the author of Overpour from Action Books (2016), and How to Not Be Afraid of Everything, which is forthcoming from Alice James Books (2021). She holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington and is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University.
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