At the Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Network conference in Guangzhou last month I sharnogues-covered a panel with Collier Nogues, an American poet who grew up in Okinawa and now teaches creative writing and English in Hong Kong. A strong advocate of poetry by erasure and poetry that engages politics, we were impressed by the power of her work to address the political context in the Western Pacific, timely given Trump’s recent provocations of China. But what really interested me was the influence of Susan Howes’ poetry, (which Nogues resists critically also) alongside that of Guam activist poet and academic Craig Santos Perez, a poet who I met in Hawai’i in 2010. I blogged about Perez here, and was pleased to chat with someone who knew his work.

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