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Patrice Vecchione, Ink Knows No Borders

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 7:00pm
Patrice Vecchione Ink Knows No Borders Bookshop Santa Cruz

Bookshop Santa Cruz is pleased to host an evening with Patrice Vecchione as she presents her new book, Ink Knows No Borders, a poetry collection that brings together some of the most compelling and vibrant voices today reflecting the experiences of teen immigrants and refugees. This event will feature readings from Shirley Ancheta for her husband Jeff Tagami, Ellen Bass, and Alice Tao. This event is part of Bookshop's year-long programming effort, 2020 Vision.

With authenticity, integrity, and insight, this collection of poems addresses the many issues confronting first- and second- generation young adult immigrants and refugees, such as cultural and language differences, homesickness, social exclusion, human rights, racism, stereotyping, and questions of identity. Poems by Elizabeth Acevedo, Erika L. Sánchez, Samira Ahmed, Chen Chen, Ocean Vuong, Fatimah Asghar, Carlos Andrés Gómez, Bao Phi, Kaveh Akbar, Hala Alyan, and Ada Limón, among others, encourage readers to honor their roots as well as explore new paths, offering empathy and hope for those who are struggling to overcome discrimination. Many of the struggles immigrant and refugee teens face head-on are also experienced by young people everywhere as they contend with isolation, self-doubt, confusion, and emotional dislocation.

Ink Knows No Borders is the first book of its kind and features 65 poems and a foreword by poet Javier Zamora, who crossed the border, unaccompanied, at the age of nine, and an afterword by Emtithal Mahmoud, World Poetry Slam Champion and Honorary Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Brief biographies of the poets are included, as well. It's a hopeful, beautiful, and meaningful book for any reader.

“I was moved again and again by the poems in this brave, beautiful and necessary collection. I found echoes of myself in many of the pieces, and I know so many young immigrants and Americans will find themselves, too. But it goes beyond that. I wish this book would be taught in homogenous communities, too, so readers with little understanding of immigration will have the chance to see its humanity. This is the most important book we will read this year.” —Matt de la Peña, New York Times bestselling and Newbery Award winning author

Poet, nonfiction writer, and teacher Patrice Vecchione has edited several highly acclaimed anthologies for young adults including Truth & Lies, which was named one of the best children's books by School Library Journal, Revenge & Forgiveness, and Faith & Doubt, named a best book of the year for young adults by the American Library Association. She's the author of Writing and the Spiritual Life and Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination and Spirit in Everyday Life, as well as two collections of poetry. For many years, Patrice has taught poetry and creative writing to young people (often working with migrant children) through her program, "The Heart of the Word: Poetry and the Imagination." She is also a columnist for her local daily paper, The Monterey Herald, and has published essays on children and poetry for several outlets including the California Library Association Journal.

This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begins. If you have any ADA accommodation requests, please email by April 9th, 2019.


Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience By Patrice Vecchione (Editor), Alyssa Raymond (Editor) Cover Image
By Patrice Vecchione (Editor), Alyssa Raymond (Editor)
ISBN: 9781609809072
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Triangle Square - March 12th, 2019