Victoria Chang, Poet • Firelei Báez, Artist
A poster with a background image of floral artwork by artist Firelei Baez overlaid with the text from the poem, "Passage" by Victoria Chang.

About the poet

Victoria Chang’s new book of poetry, "The Trees Witness Everything," was published by Copper Canyon Press and Corsair Books in the U.K. in 2022. Her nonfiction book, "Dear Memory" (Milkweed Editions), was published in 2021. "OBIT" (Copper Canyon Press, 2020)her most recent poetry book, was named a New York Times Notable Booka Time Must-Read Book, and received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Poetry, and the PEN/Voelcker Award. It was also longlisted for a National Book Award and named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Griffin International Poetry Prize. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and lives in Los Angeles and is a Core Faculty member within Antioch’s low-residency MFA Program.

About the artist

Firelei Báez is a Dominican artist based New York City known for intricate works on paper and canvas as well as large scale sculpture. Báez casts diasporic histories into an imaginative realm, re-working visual references drawn from the past to explore new possibilities for the future. With a goal to reclaim power, Báez overlays figuration, symbolic imagery, and abstract gesture onto large-scale reproductions of found maps and documents. She populates these historically-loaded representations of space with change-making creatures—whose hybrid forms incorporate folkloric and literary references, textile pattern, plant life, and wide-ranging emblems of healing and resistance—to present fictional alternative universes. Work by Báez has been exhibited in numerous solo gallery and museum exhibitions. Notably, in 2022 she was included in the 59th International Venice Biennale exhibition, "The Milk of Dreams."