Reading @ Art Is For Lovers Gallery in Milwaukee Fri night!

September 26, 2014

I’ll be reading poems here — hope to see you there!

Ching-In

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AI4L GALLERY PRESENTS: A REVOLUTIONARY NIGHT

Fri, Sept. 26, 6-9pm

Art Is For Lovers Gallery – 2228 N MLK Dr, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212

Come join us for a night of poetry and food while we celebrate Kj Prodigy’s 20th birthday. This is also a potluck event so you are encouraged to come and share a dish with us!

Hosted by Kj Prodigy & Lilo Poetry Allen

{Open mic from 7-8:30 }

FEATURE POETS: Kj Prodigy , Lilo Poetry Allen, Angela C. Trudell Vasquez Ching-In Chen http://www.chinginchen.com, Vince Pozza , Kashia Ayz , Gabriel Thomas , Mikey Cody Apollo and Karl Reeves .

$3 kids under 15ry free
(KID FRIENDLY)

https://www.facebook.com/events/364499013704074/

In Memoriam: Maya Angelou Creative Writing Workshop Wed, 9.24, 1-3pm, UWM

September 24, 2014

I’m facilitating a writing workshop as part of this series this afternoon, 1-3pm @ University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Bolton Hall 196 as part of Sister Talk: Multicultural Women’s Circle series! Free & participants get free notebooks!
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El Residencial 2014 at Patio Taller

September 11, 2014

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We are getting ready for potluck (i’m cooking w/ Zuleira Soto-Roman) & films tonight @ Patio Taller (Bo. An Anton, Carr. 848, Calle Juan Ojeda, Carolina, Puerto Rico)

EL RESIDENCIAL 2014/el jueves 11 de septiembre/a las 7 de la noche

Documentales Locales/Instalación de Video/Cena Comunitaria y Conversa/aaaaaahhhhh y Guayabas *Al aire libre

Nepantla queer poets of color reading @ Poetry Foundation w/Francisco Aragón, Duriel Estelle Harris, & Ruben Quesada

September 4, 2014

Chicago friendlies, I’m very happy to be reading this Thursday, 7pm @ Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine (61 W Superior St) w/ Francisco Aragón, Duriel Estelle Harris, & Ruben Quesada for the launch of Nepantla: A Journal for Queer Poets of Color. Thanks to Christopher Soto for organizing! And it’s free! http://poet.ly/ARI5u

You can read the inaugural issue here: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/features/09/04/read-the-inaugural-issue-of-nepantla-a-journal-dedicated-to-queer-poets-of-color/

SF this weekend: From Trauma to Catharsis: Performing the Asian Avant Garde

August 21, 2014

Excited to be in the Bay area this weekend to participate in the From Trauma to Catharsis: Performing the Asian Avant Garde symposium

Thursday, August 21. Pre-Symposium Reading and Dancing 
6:30 PM – 9 PM  @ Cat Club SF – 1190 Folsom St., San Francisco CA
MFA Mixer August 2014 presents: From Trauma to Catharsis: Performing the Asian Avant Garde

The MFA Mixer is a monthly reading event that brings together current MA/MFA/PhD students (and a few recent or semi-recent graduates) from all over the SF Bay Area to read from their work.

Each reader has up to 6 MINUTES to read!

Admission is free.

The Cat Club
1190 Folsom St.
SF

$2.00 well drinks from 9-10 pm.

’80s dance party begins at 9 pm!

Our August readers:

1st half:
Chris Pine
Jason Bayani
Ahmunet Jordon
François Luong
Margaret Rhee

2nd half:
Jayinee Basu
Truong Tran
Robert Ricardo Reese
Natalia Duong
Ching-In Chen

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Reading begins at 7 pm!

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 From Trauma to Catharsis: Performing the Asian American Avant Garde symposium Friday-Sunday will take place at CIIS MFA Programs

1453 Mission St, San Francisco, California 94103

This four-day symposium hosted by the MFA Program at California Institute of Integral Studies, (CIIS) brings internationally recognized writers, scholars and students of the Asian Avant- Garde together in an artistic and experimental setting. In keeping with the university’s mission of forging understanding between East and West, participants will recover, examine, and place in historical context themes of miscegenation, aggression, and privilege within this global diaspora. We will explore the mental and aesthetic health of this community, from its beginnings in individual writers to its articulation as a movement, albeit one whose artistic integrity remains loosely defined and misunderstood by the much larger experimental poetic community.

Each day of the symposium is thematically focused, offering participants and attendees rich opportunities for engagement and investigation of the multi-layered themes. The format—bridging literary presentation, facilitated breakout sessions, and the participatory production of creative work—will foster the development of a community that will carry this discussion forward well beyond the event itself.

The goals of the symposium at the outset are many; others will emerge collectively through the conversations and investigations held together. As the conference title suggests, we start with trauma, recognizing the dimensions of the Asian Avant-Garde that are miscegenated, aggressive, schizophrenic, and resulting from privilege. After the 3-day journey together we move towards catharsis; we will discover ways for the subject of the Asian Avant-Garde to move onward and away from aggression and trauma, to write for and from healing. 

Featuring:
Bhanu Kapil
D’Lo (
D’Loco Kid)
Pireeni Sundaralingam
Ronaldo Wilson
Truong Tran
Mg Roberts
Ching-In Chen
Cheena Marie Lo
Geneva Chao
Soham Patel
Jai Arun Ravine
Margaret Rhee
Monica Mody
Jason Magabo Perez
Sean Labrador y Manzano

Free and Open to the Public.
More info: mfa@ciis.edu

Friday, August 22.
6 PM – 7:15 PM
Interrogation: Dis/Orientation and Re/Orientation-What is the Avant Garde for?
Presenters: Bhanu Kapil, Geneva Chao, Pireeni Sundaralingam, Truong Tran, MG Roberts, Sean Labrador y Manzano

7:30 PM – 9 PM
Performances by MG Roberts, Jason Magabo Perez, Monica Mody, Laurie Buenafe Krsmanovic, and Coke Tani

Followed by Open Mic

Saturday, August 23. 
10 AM – 12PM
(1) Writing and Performance Workshop: Step Through The Indigo Door That Has Opened In the Air Above You
with 
Bhanu Kapil
(2) Performance Workshop: D’FaQTo Life
with D’Lo

12 PM – 1PM
Lunch Break

1 PM -230 PM
Interrogating Queerness: The Poetics of Both and Neither
with Cheena Marie Lo, Soham Patel, MG Roberts, Ching-In Chen

230PM – 330PM
AVATAR | DIASPORA
with Ronaldo V. Wilson

330PM – 430PM
Creative Incubation

430PM – 6PM
(1) Mixed Race, Mixed Gender, Mixed Genre: Disfluency and Illegibility in Identity and Art Making
with Jai Arun Ravine

(2) Poetics of Dis/Appearance: Historicity and Resistance in the Asian Avant Garde
with Geneva Chao

6 PM – 7PM
Reception

7 PM – 9 PM
Performances by Bhanu Kapil and D’Lo

Sunday, August 24.
Performing the Avant-Garde: Poetry Beyond the Written Word

10 AM – 1PM
(1) The Passion of El Hulk Hogancito
with Jason Magabo Perez

(2) Beauty of the Resisting Body, or Interrogating the Other
with Sean Labrador y Manzano 

(3) Trauma of the Avant-Garde & Intercession of the Waters: A Future Possible
with Monica Mody 

(4) Kimchi Poetry Machine
with Margaret Rhee

Truong Tran as facilitator

1 PM – 2 PM
Lunch Break

2 PM – 3 PM
Incubating Catharsis with Pireeni Sundaralingam and Carolyn Cooke – Deconstructing the Asian Avant Garde

3 PM – 7 PM
Performances by Conference Participants

7PM – DAWN of a New Day
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Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism, May 22-May 24 (Winnipeg)

May 21, 2014

Excited to be heading to winnipeg for Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism, Thursday, May 22 through Saturday, May 24!

 

Lots of keynotes, plenary panels, readings & other workshops that I’m looking forward to – you can check http://www.writingtransgenres.com/ for the full schedule. Also, https://www.facebook.com/writingtransgenres

 

Thanks Trish Salah, Shelagh Pizey-Allen, Owen Campbell and Athena Thiessen for organizing!

 

Here’s where I’ll be presenting during the conference:

 

Thursday, May 22:

 

4:30-6pm Fucking Gender, Fucking Form – Rm 2M70, Eckhardt-Grammate Hall @ University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave, w/Ames Hawkins, Ching-In Chen, Emerson Whitney, K. Bradford

 

As trans and genderqueer writers, we inhabit our bodies, our communities, and our art forms marked and motivated by the contours and contexts of our gender. Our individual blueprints and proclivities — fluxes in desire, ruptures of trauma, morphings of body, configurations of race & class — infuse and drive our textual inventiveness. What we do to the sentence, what we do to the forms of writing on the page — and how we test the borders of the page itself — are 3 of gender fucking. We fuck the very forms we work in, as a creative and intellectual practice, and as part of what we do as gender variant people inhabiting the world. As we do and re-do our gender, we do and re-do the poetics and forms we step into as writers, carving out cultural space.

 

This panel will be a lively and layered event. We will engage each other in a series of questions about the acts of troubling form and aesthetics as connected to gender, looking at risks, experiments and failures; we will explore the lineage of writers we have been influenced by, then looking at examples of writing as we discuss the possibilities of language, image systems, voice and form via an aesthetics of gender variance. A lively dialogue with the audience will follow.

 

Friday, May 23:

 

3-5:30pm Group Reading at the Millennium Library, 251 Donald St, Winnipeg w/Aiyanna Maracle, Amir Rabiyah, Casey Plett, Ching-In Chen, Imogen Binnie, Joy Ladin, Mirha-Soleil Ross, Nathanaël, Rachel Pollack, Trace Peterson

 

free and open to the public!

 

 

Saturday, May 24:

6:30pm-8pm Plenary Panel: Identity and Poetics Across Genres – Eckhardt-Grammate Hall @ University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave

 

free and open to the public, w/ASL interpretation

 

Panelists: Ching-In Chen, Max Wolf Valerio, Micha Cárdenas, Samuel Ace, Trace Peterson

UW-Parkside Writers’ Conference, poems in Barzakh & WI Fellowship of Poets calendar & Conversant!

May 3, 2014

Hi friendlies,

With more sunshine comes lots of activity!  You can find me in person at the following events:

1) reading with Anne Shaw, Milwaukee, WI hosted by Cynthia Spencer – Saturday, May 3, 2014

2) Keynote @ UW-Parkside Writers’ Conference: “Mutate: Flirting with Boundaries” – 6pm, Wednesday, May 7, 2014

 

+ my creative work here:

3) my poems, “Letter for Export,” “Girl-not,” “Envelope/Recombinant,” “How heart open,” and “Open heart how” have found a home in the Correspondence issue of Barzakh, alongside some poets & writers I admire & friends including Myung Mi Kim, Purvi Shah, Nathaniel Mackay, Wo Chan, Tomás Urayoán Noel, Amaranth Borsuk & Andy Fitch. Thanks to editor Evan Chen!

4) Just received a hand-delivered copy of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ 2014 Calendar. My poem “Rummage: Shiny City” is re-published here. If you want a calendar, you can order it here!

5) An old-school interview (from 2009) from Rachelle Cruz’s The Blood-Jet Hour can be found in this month’s The Conversant. I’ll be joining The Conversant as a Senior Editor, along with Caleb Beckwith, this summer.  The Conversant is a monthly journal featuring serial interview projects, talk poetries, and interviews between poets and other language-based artists and I’m open to queries for provocative interviews on writers and artists.

Navigating cultural/ethnic & gender in Kitchen for Ms. Fit & cream city LIVE! 4.25

April 20, 2014

Cassie Nicholson & I write about navigating our cultural/ethnic & gender identities in the kitchen for Ms. Fit Magazine: Real World Feminist Fitness! Thanks to our editors Kathie Bergquist & Marian Haas!

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Also, I’ve been helping to organize this cream city LIVE! event for cream city review!  Let your Milwaukee friends know!

cream city live! 

Friday April 25th 7-9pm
Union Art Gallery, UWM Student Union
Free and Open to the Public
 
hosted by cream city review
 

featuring poetry, fiction & non-fiction readings by

Daniel Tyx ~ Cathy Linh Che ~ Sally Wen Mao ~ Natalie Mesnard ~ S.P. MacIntyre
 
 
 
Daniel Tyx (essayist in Best American Travel Writing 2013)
Cathy Linh Che (author of Split)
Sally Wen Mao (author of Mad Honey Symposium)
Natalie Mesnard & S.P. MacIntyre, (Ninth Letter editors)
/cream city review/ presents:
 
Daniel Tyx‘s essays on travel, place, and finding a home on the U.S.-Mexico border have appeared in the anthologies Best American Travel Writing 2013 and 40 Years of CutBank, as well as magazines including cream city review, The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, and Blue Mesa Review. He teaches writing at South Texas College in McAllen, where he lives with his wife, Laura, and their two young children.
 
Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James, 2014), winner of the 2012 Kundiman Poetry Prize. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from Poets & Writers, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Kundiman, Hedgebrook, Poets House, The Asian American Literary Review, The Center for Book Arts, and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency. She currently lives in Brooklyn.
 
Sally Wen Mao is the author of Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James, May 2014), the winner of the 2012 Kinereth Gensler Award and aPublishers Weekly Top 10 pick for spring 2014 poetry books. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2013 and is published or forthcoming in Colorado Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review Online, and Third Coast, among others. The recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, Bread Loaf Writers Workshop, and Saltonstall Artists Colony, she holds an MFA from Cornell University.
 
Natalie Mesnard is currently a student in the Creative Writing MFA program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an Editorial Assistant at Ninth Letter. Her work has appeared in Copper Nickel and Kenyon Review Online. She was also recently named a winner in the 2014 AWP Intro Journals Project, for which her work will appear in a future issue of Tampa Review.
 
S.P. MacIntyre was born and raised in Los Angeles.  He was awarded a BA and MA from California State University, Northridge, where he studied under Katharine Haake.  He is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  His fiction has appeared inThe Rattling Wall and Cease, Cows; he has two poems forthcoming on Hobart (web).  
 

Woman Made Gallery Poetry, midwest (milwaukee) monster remix, Burden of Light: Poems on Illness & Loss & Near Kin: A Collection of Words & Art inspired by Octavia Estelle Butler

April 6, 2014

Dear lovelies,

I’m happier for the warmer weather! There’s a buzz of springtime activity in the air and lots happening:

1) Woman Made Gallery Poetry: Rosellen Brown, Barbara Barg, Ching-In Chen, Kristy Bowen

Sunday, April 6, 2014, 1:30-3:30pm

Woman Made Gallery – 685 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

curated by Nina Corwin

17th annual International Open exhibit spans both Women’s History month and Poetry Month. While most WMG readings are organized around the theme of the concurrent art exhibit, this reading is an open celebration of women writers.

Participating readers include:

Rosellen Brown: author of ten books, five of them novels, The Autobiography of My Mother, Tender Mercies – not the movie! – Civil Wars, Before and After – of which there was a movie –and Half a Heart. Her three books of poetry include Cora Fry’s Pillow Book, and she has published a miscellany of essays, poetry and stories, and a book of stories, Street Games. Her work has appeared frequently in Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Prize Stories and Pushcart Prizes. She teaches in the MFA in Writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Barbara Barg, an old white woman, cocktail waitress, typesetter, private investigator, document designer, house cleaner, help-desk specialist, software trainer, procrastinator, energy healer, drug addict, baby sitter, moving van driver, fiction writer, tour guide, singer, songwriter, neuro-tech enthusiast, drummer, personal organizer, pixie-dust sprinkler, dog walker, advice-giver, census taker, editor, political activist, web content writer, energy clearer, cigarette smoker, mentor, tuning forker, marketing assistant, meditation practitioner, encyclopedia salesperson, student of aquaponics, shoulder to cry on, qigong foot masseuse, film script writer, day dreamer, ice-cream truck driver, carnival worker, and poet. She currently teaches rhythm/tone/texture strategies for poets online for Chicago School of Poetics.

Writer and visual artist Kristy Bowen, author of several book, chapbook, and art zine projects, including the recent girl show (Black Lawrence Press, 2014) and the shared properties of water and stars (Noctuary Press, 2013). She lives in Chicago, where she runs dancing girl press & studio, which publishes a series of chapbooks devoted to women authors. Her fifth collection, major characters in minor films, is forthcoming next year from Sundress Publications.

and Ching-In Chen, author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press) and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press). They are a Kundiman, Lambda and Norman Mailer Poetry Fellow and a member of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation and Macondo writing communities. A community organizer,they have worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside and Boston. In Milwaukee, they are cream city review‘s editor-in-chief.

 

2) midwest (milwaukee) monster remix in Verse Wisconsin!

Thanks to Verse Wisconsin‘s editors Wendy Vardaman & Sarah Busse for giving me the opportunity to curate a section for the Midwest Remix issue! Check out the work of Carina Gia Farrero, Soham Patel, Chelsea Wait, Dawn Tefft, Nikki Wallschlaeger, Cassie Nicholson, Freesia McKee & Jessica Vega Gonzalez in “midwest (milwaukee) monster remix”! Lots of other great work curated by Lane Hall, Nick Demske, Margaret Rozga, Dasha Kelly, Chelsea Tadeyeske, Oscar Mireles & Kara Candito/Adam Fell!

 

3) “Exponential Mothers” in The Burden of Light: Poems on Illness and Loss

Thanks to Tanya Chernov for organizing the e-book anthology, The Burden of Light: Poems on Illness and Loss, with poems meant to provide companionship in difficult times.

Along with my poem, Exponential Mothers,” you can find 90 other poets including Jessica Jacobs, Michelle Brown, Peggy Shumaker, Susan Firer & many more, alongside audio, video, paintings, photo, digital art, links to books & litmags. You set your own price, and all proceeds go to cancer research.

4) “Parable of the Shiny City” in Near Kin: A Collection of Words & Arts inspired by Octavia Estelle Butler

Just received my contributor’s e-book copy of Near Kin: A Collection of Words & Art inspired by Octavia Estelle Butler, edited by Marie Lecrivain, from Sybaritic Press. Pleased that my poem, “Parable of the Shiny City,” has found a home alongside the work of Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Walidah Imarisha, Tara Betts, Danez Smith & many others!

 

 

AWP: where you’ll find Ching-In

February 25, 2014

Dear friendlies attending AWP &/or in Seattle,

Here’s where you can find me! During the daytime, I’ll be helping out at the AWP bookfair.

If you’re not planning on attending the conference, the bookfair is free to the public on Saturday. You can find me at the cream city review table (CC10); the VONA/Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation table to promote the new VONA anthology, Dismantle; and the Conversant/Essay Press table (I’m going to be joining the Conversant as one of the new senior editors!)

I’ll also be participating in two free offsite readings – a Thursday night Poetic Justice reading at Left Bank Books and a Friday night Lambda Fellows reading, celebrating the release of The 25 for 25 anthology, Lambda’s 25th Anniversary e-book anthology (info below).

Hope to see you in Seattle!

Ching-In

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Heading to AWP? Come visit cream city review at our table, CC10, at the bookfair (Thursday, Feb. 27 until Sat, March 1)

We’ll have our most current issues and we’re bringing back last year’s popular back issue bundles for sale. We’ll also have some free swag!

We’re offering three distinct bundles of back issues, each centered around a particular theme.

 

The QUEER bundle showcases work by queer writers in issues 28.1, 29.2 and 33.2, including Jennifer Perrine, Richard Blanco, Lydia Melvin (Metta Sama), Rane Arroyo, Ellen Bass, Elizabeth Bradfield, Qwo-Li Driskill, Rita Mae Reese and many others!

The TERRA bundle, inspired by native writers and writers from various geographies and diasporas, includes issues 27.1, 27.2, and 31.1 and writers such as Allison Hedge Coke, Jaswinder Bolina, Heid E. Erdrich, Allison Joseph, Dilruba Ahmed, Diane Glancy, Esther Lee, Joy Harjo, Mark Turcotte, Gordon Henry and many others!

 

Our RETRO bundle features back-in-the day issues 11.2, 19.2 and 20.1&2 (20th anniversary), celebrating Amiri Baraka, Stuart Dybek, Denise Levertov, Marilyn Hacker, Audre Lorde, Ursula K. Le Guin, Cris Mazza and others!

 

$10 for one, $15 for two, and $20 for three (feel free to mix-and-match!)

Want to have the bundles shipped?

$12 for one, $18 for two, and $25 for three

 

Stop by our table for a visit!

See you in Seattle!
Your friends at cream city review

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AWP Offsite Event: Poetic Justice: An Evening of Radical Poetry

Thursday, February 27, 2014 9-11pm @ Left Bank Books Collective

92 Pike St, Seattle, Washington 98101

Hosted by Ching-In Chen and Victorio Reyes

Featured Readers:
Victorio Reyes, Ching-In Chen, Patricia Killealea, and Tara Betts.

In the words of the late, great June Jordan, “poetry is a political act”. In the spirit of June Jordan, Poetic Justice – an evening of radical poetry, aims to provide a space for the celebration of poetry as a vehicle for social change. History has seen a long and humbling list of poets that have used their writing as a means and conduit for changing minds, revealing truths, and healing wounds. Despite the deep and rich history of radical poetics, there is still a skepticism of such work in some literary circles. Adrienne Rich wrote: “I came out first as a political poet… under the taboo against so-called political poetry in the US”. As we continue the tradition of greats like Jordan and Rich, Poetic Justice, will be one small event to help build a forum for a bright future in radical poetry, one that is cognizant of its great tradition.

The organizers of the event ask that guests join us in making the event more accessible to those wishing to attend who have multiple chemical sensitivities by not carrying fragrances or scents on your clothes, hair, or skin.

For more information:

http://dualpowerproductions.com/2011/03/14/multiple-chemical-sensitivities-mcs-accessibility-basics/

http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/PDF/How-to-Be-Fragrance-Free-.pdf

http://vanessahuang.com/fragrance-free

http://www.brownstargirl.org/1/post/2012/03/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15.html

Bios of the featured readers:

Tara Betts is an author, a Ph.D. candidate at Binghamton University, and a Cave Canem fellow. Tara’s poetry and prose has appeared in various journals and anthologies. She has also contributed to interdisciplinary collaborations such as John Sims’ “Recoloration Proclamation” and “Rhythm of Structure” installations, filmmaker Nijla Mu’min, and Peggy Choy Dance Company’s “THE GREATEST: An Afro-Asian Tribute to Muhammad Ali” among others. Her work has a appeared in:Essence, the Steppenwolf Theater production “Words on Fire,” Obsidian III, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, PMS, Bellevue Literary Review, Meridians, Drum Voices Revue, WSQ, Columbia Poetry Review, Ninth Letter, Hanging Loose, and Drunken Boat. See more at:
http://tarabetts.net/

Patricia Killelea is a mixed-heritage Chicana poet, musician, and scholar. She is the author of the poetry collection Other Suns, which is available from Swan Scythe Press (2011), and is currently a Ph.D Candidate in Native American Studies at the University of California at Davis. She holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and English, also from UC Davis. Originally from the Bay Area, CA, she has taught the Introduction to Native American Literature course at UC Davis since Fall 2009, and she also teaches Creative Writing at Solano College. A former artist-in-residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Patricia has recently completed her second manuscript, titled Counterglow, and is currently producing experimental video poems. Find out more about her work at www.patriciakillelea.com

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi/Red Hen Press, 2009) and a multi-genre, border-crossing writer. Child of Chinese immigrants, they are a Kundiman, Lambda and Norman Mailer Poetry Fellow and a member of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundations writing communities. A community organizer, they have worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside and Boston. Chen is also the co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press, 2011) and Here Is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets (Achiote Press, 2009). In Milwaukee, they are cream city review’s editor-in-chief. www.chinginchen.com

Victorio Reyes is an activist and artist. Reyes was featured in the anthology of emerging writers: Chorus, published by MTV Books and edited by Saul Williams. His poems are forthcoming or have been published in the Acentos Review, Mobius, and Word Riot. He holds an MFA degree from The Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches poetry classes at Siena College. Reyes will serve on a panel entitled “Uncovering Hip Hop Poetry” at the upcoming AWP Conference. He was a member of the Hip Hop group, Broadcast Live; the group’s most recent release, Boomerang Metropolis, reached #25 on the College Music Journal Hip Hop Charts. Blending his writing and activism, Reyes has also been the executive director of The Social Justice Center of Albany (SJC) for the past 8 years.

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25 for 25 Lambda Fellows Reading

Friday, February 28, 2014, 6-9pm, R Place Bar and Gril

619 E Pine St, Seattle, Washington 98122

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The Lambda Literary Foundation presents the 25 for 25 Lambda Fellows Reading and Reunion.

Featured readers include:
Ames Hawkins
Brandy Wilson
Monica Carter
Cooper Lee Bombardier
Ching-In Chen
Meg Day
Tommy Theollyn

The 25 for 25 anthology, celebrates LLF’s 25th Anniversary. The E-Book features works by some of our community’s leading authors and original introductions by emerging writers they’ve influenced, many from the Lambda’s Emerging Voices Retreats.

Join us for this extraordinary reading and stay to meet some of Lambda’s Fellows.

 


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