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SAT/4/17 :: 11:00a
Immigrants and American Society, A Historical Look

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Please join us for this important and timely discussion of immigration in America — looking back in our history and bringing us to the present day. The panel includes poet and memoirist Marcelo Hernandez Castillo;  poet Anthony Cody, a 2020 Book Prize finalist in Poetry; Adam Goodman, a historian and author who teaches in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois Chicago; and Jia Lynn Yang, author and Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist and current deputy national editor at The New York Times. Daniel Hernandez, L.A. Times culture writer, will guide the conversation. 

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Daniel Hernandez

Los Angeles Times reporter Daniel Hernandez covers culture in L.A. He is a two-time veteran of The Times, starting as a reporter in Metro, and later in the Mexico City bureau. He’s also contributed to Opinion. Hernandez has worked as a reporter for the Styles section of the New York Times; as editor of L.A. Taco; producer and correspondent for VICE News; editor of VICE Mexico; and as a staff writer at LA Weekly. He has appeared as a guest or contributor on a variety of national and local radio and television programs. A native of the San Diego-Tijuana border region, Hernandez holds a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Berkeley.


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Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is the author of Cenzontle, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. prize, winner of the 2019 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award in poetry, a finalist for the Northern California Book Award and named a best book of 2018 by NPR and the New York Public Library. As one of the founders of the Undocupoets campaign, he is a recipient of the Barnes and Noble “Writers for Writers” Award. He holds a B.A. from Sacramento State University and was the first undocumented student to graduate from the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan. His latest book the memoir “Children of the Land.” He lives in Marysville, California where he teaches poetry to incarcerated youth and also teaches at the Ashland University Low-Res MFA program.


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Please support our local bookseller for this panel. Signed bookplates will be available from most authors. Purchase HERE.


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Anthony Cody

Anthony Cody is the author of Borderland Apocrypha, winner of the 2018 Omnidawn Open Book Contest selected by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry , and current finalist for the PEN America / Jean Stein Book Award, and LA Times Book Award in Poetry. He is a 2020 Poets & Writers debut poet and a 2020 Southwest Book Award winner from the Border Regional Library Association. A CantoMundo fellow from Fresno, California, Anthony has lineage in both the Bracero Program and the Dust Bowl. He is a recent MFA-Creative Writing graduate from Fresno State where he continues to collaborate with Juan Felipe Herrera and the Laureate Lab Visual Wordist Studio. He is currently teaching Ecopoetry at Fresno State.


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Adam Goodman

Adam Goodman teaches in the Department of History and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois Chicago.He is the author of the award-winning book The Deportation Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants (Princeton University Press, 2020), a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize in History. Goodman’s writing has also appeared in outlets such as the Washington Post, The Nation, and the Journal of American History. He is a co-creator of the Immigration Syllabus public history project, a co-organizer of the Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar at the Newberry Library, and a member of the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation’s History Advisory Committee.


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Jia Lynn Yang

Jia Lynn Yang, a national editor at The New York Times, was previously deputy national security editor at The Washington Post, where she was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Trump and Russia. Her newest book is One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924-1965. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.