April 30, 2018KR Podcast

KR Podcast with Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora, author of the poetry collection Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon Press) and currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, talks with Andrew Grace of the Kenyon English faculty about immigration, advocating for undocumented poets, and what Salvadoran poets Americans should be reading.

Javier Zamora is the author of the poetry collection Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon Press, 2017). He was born in La Herradura, El Salvador, in 1990. He holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied and taught in June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program. Zamora earned an MFA from New York University and is currently a 2016–2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. He is the recipient of scholarships to the Bread Loaf, Frost Place, Napa Valley, Squaw Valley, and VONA writers’ conferences and fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University (Olive B. O’Connor), MacDowell Colony, Macondo Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Saltonstall Foundation, and Yaddo. In 2016, Barnes & Noble granted him the Writer for Writers Award for his work with the Undocupoets Campaign. He was also the winner of the Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Fellowship and is a member of the Our Parents’ Bones Campaign, whose goal is to bring justice to the families of the ten thousand who disappeared during El Salvador’s civil war.

Andrew Grace is an Editor at Large for the Kenyon Review. He is the author of three books of poems and his work has appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, and the Boston Review among other journals. He teaches at Kenyon College.

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