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For the 2018 Southern California Poetry Festival’s Literary Showcase, PEN Presents: Poetic Voices, a celebration of poets across PEN America’s Emerging Voices Fellowship: F. Douglas Brown, poetry master class instructor; Alicia Partnoy, mentor; and Nancy Lynée Woo, alumna.


F. Douglas Brown is the author of ICON (Writ Large Press, 2018), and Zero to Three (University of Georgia, 2014), winner of the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, selected by Tracy K. Smith. He also coauthored the chapbook Begotten (URB Books, 2016) with poet, Geffrey Davis. An educator for over 20 years, Brown currently teaches at Loyola High School of Los Angeles, an all-boys, Jesuit school.

Poet, memoirist, scholar, and human rights activist Alicia Partnoy is the author, translator, or editor of 11 books. She is better known for The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival, which was evidence in the trial against the genocide perpetrators that terrorized Argentina in the ’70s, and has been recently published in French and Bengali. Partnoy’s poetry collection, Flowering Fires/Fuegos florales, translated by Gail Wronsky, received the First Settlement House American Poetry Prize. A professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Partnoy presides over Proyecto VOS-Voices of Survivors.

Nancy Lynée Woo is a 2015 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow, a cofounder of the Long Beach Literary Arts Center, and the author of two chapbooks, Bearing the Juice of It All (Finishing Line Press, 2016) and Rampant (Sadie Girl Press, 2014). She teaches poetry workshops in Long Beach called Surprise the Line, hosts two poetry reading series, Poetry on the Rocks and Off the Page: The Story Behind the Stanzas, and works as a freelance writer, editor, and event planner. Find her online at nancylyneewoo.com and support her work at patreon.com/fancifulnance.   

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