The Archive Project – Literary Arts Poets on Broadway


Shayla Lawson (left), Stephanie Adams-Santos (center) and Jane Wong (right)

Photos by: Erica J. Mitchell (left), Stephanie Adams-Santos (center), UW Bothell (right)

Three contemporary poets – Shayla Lawson, Stephanie Adams-Santos and Jane Wong – share their poetry and discuss their work and inspirations. In 2018, Literary Arts held a series of free readings titled Poets on Broadway, in conjunction with Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, at Antoinette Hatfield Hall in downtown Portland. This episode features recordings of those events, with Lawson sharing selections from his poetry book “I Think I’m Ready to Meet Frank Ocean”, Adams-Santos from “Swarm Queen’s Crown”, and Wong from “Overpour”.

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Shayla Lawson is the author of three collections of poetry – “A Speed ​​Education in Human Being”, the “PANTONE” collection and “I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean” – and the upcoming collection of essays “MAJOR: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls and Being Dope {AF}” (Harper Perennial, 2020). Her work has been published in print and online on Tin House, GRAMMA, ESPN, Salon, The Offing, Guernica, Colorado Review, Barrelhouse and MiPOesias. She organizes The Tenderness Project with Ross Gay and writes poems with Chet’la Sebree. A MacDowell Scholar and Yaddo Artist Colony, Lawson is currently Writer-in-Residence and Chair of Creative Writing at Amherst College.

Stephanie Adams-Santos is a Guatemalan-American multidisciplinary writer and educator whose work spans poetry, prose, screenwriting, and hybrid genres. Her comprehensive poetry collection, “Swarm Queen’s Crown” (Fathom Books, 2016) was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards, which celebrate excellence in LGBTQ voices. She is also the author of “Total Memory”, “Little Fugues” and the award-winning chapter book “The Sundering”, selected for a New York Chapbook Fellowship. Stephanie has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets, and was a finalist for a Corporal Voices Fellowship for Writers of Color. Her work has been published in numerous print and online newspapers and magazines, including Guernica, The Boston Review, Orion Magazine and others.

Jane Wong is the author of “Overpour” and “How to Not Be Afraid of Everything” (Alice James Books, 2021). Wong’s poems can be found in places such as “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 Georgia Review, Shenandoah, and This is the Place: Women Writing About Home. A Kundiman Scholar, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships and residencies from the US Fulbright Program, Artist Trust, 4Culture, the Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf, Willapa Bay AiR, Hedgebrook, the Jentel Foundation, SAFTA and Mineral L ‘school.


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