* Featured Kundiman Events/Readings:
Asian American Poetry: Beyond LaChoy
What is Asian-American poetry? It is a question that follows every Asian-American poet. Of course, responses vary from individual to individual, from generation to generation. But what better way to know than to listen, since, as a rule in good poetry, it’s better to describe than to tell? Contemporary Asian-American poets will read from their books, illustrating how Asian-American poetry has shifted and evolved. It is no longer the miniature Asian Food aisle in U.S. supermarkets, stocked with LaChoy easy-to-prepare meals and Asian-inspired sauces.
Revolution and Art: Ekphrasis by Kundiman/Asian-American Poets
JOSEPH O. LEGASPI
Track: Pre-Registered Event
Tags ekphrastic poetry
Every work of art is an act of revolution. It is a change in perception; changes perception; leads to profound change. Delving into the Asian Arts collection at the Peabody Essex Museum, Kundiman Asian American poets will attempt to create tiny sparks of revolution through ekphrasis, commentary on visual art. They will explore and respond to museum work in the context of their hyphenated heritage, and to pay homage to the historical and literary wealth and of Massachusetts. Introductions by Joseph Legaspi.
This morning, I turn to poems. & will be sharing poems in Library Grind @ University of Wisconsin Milwaukee @ noon with Susan Firer, Elisa Karbin & Skyler Osborne. ♥.
Reading Natalie Diaz’s I Watch Her Eat the Apple for Cossack Review’s National Poetry Month series of poets reading favorite poems.April 15, 2013
Thanks Ruben Quesada for asking me to read a favorite poem for National Poetry Month for Cossack Review. I’m reading Natalie Diaz’s “I Watch Her Eat the Apple.”
Lantern Review poetry giveaway, cream city review & Ninth Letter reading in Champaign + UWM library reading for National Poetry Month!April 11, 2013
In honor of poetry month, Lantern Review is running a poetry giveaway on the blog where you’ll be entered to win a 1-year subscription to Asian American Literary Review and copies of Nicky Schildkraut’s collection Magnetic Refrain and Henry’s chapbook, Paradise Hunger, when you leave a comment with the name of at least one Asian American poet you love or think others should know about & you’ll be enter to The first 10 people to enter each also get a gift (a bundle of “poetry starter packs” containing prompts and snippets of ekphrastic/found inspiration). I’ve also contributed my own two picks for Asian American poet to read.
Also, catch Jewel Marie Bush’s National Poetry Month blog post for Uptown Messenger! A great list of Gil Scott-Heron’s work and shoutouts to Kundiman alumni Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, Tarfia Faizullah & me, among others!
In other recent news, I’ll be doing these upcoming readings here:
Saturday, April 13, 5:30-7:30pm
Mike ‘n Molly’s, 105 N Market, Champaign, Illinois 61820
As part of the annual Boneyard Arts Festival, the University of Illinois will hold its first Visiting Writers Reading, featuring students from the PhD in Creative Writing program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and special guest Frank Montesonti, as well as students from UIUC’s MFA in Creative Writing program.
Please join us on April 13th at 5:30PM for this special event, to be held at Mike ‘n Molly’s in downtown Champaign. Learn more about our readers here:
Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press) and co-editor ofThe Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press). A Kundiman and Lambda Fellow, Ching-In is part of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities, and has been a participant in Sharon Bridgforth’s Theatrical Jazz Institute. Ching-In attends the PhD program in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and is Cream City Review’s editor-in-chief.
Loretta McCormick is a native Angelino and creative writing PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she studies and writes about freakery, disability and death. She is a fiction editor for Cream City Review, and her work has appeared in The Northridge Review.
Khaleel Gheba is an MFA candidate in Poetry, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He grew up in Maryland. He once used a poem to lift a burning car off of a baby. He’s very tired. Please don’t wake him.
Natalie Mesnard is a student in the Creative Writing program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work is forthcoming in Copper Nickel and Kenyon Review Online.
Greg Rodgers is an author and Choctaw storyteller who appears at schools, libraries, universities, museums, and tribal events throughout the country. He has written two books, The Ghost of Mingo Creek and One Dark Night in Oklahoma. Additionally, he is a contributing writer for the graphic-anthology, Trickster, an ALA Children’s Notable Book for 2011. Greg is listed as an official Smithsonian Associate and is currently a Graduate Assistant in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Kara Van de Graaf is a doctoral student in creative writing at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a miniature silverware enthusiast. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the anthology Best New Poets, Ninth Letter, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, Third Coast, Alaska Quarterly Review and other journals. She is a poetry editor for Cream City Review. Her favorite animal is the goat.
Special guest Frank Montesonti is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Blight, Blight, Blight, Ray of Hope, winner of the 2011 Barrow Street Book Prize chosen by D.A. Powell, and the book of erasure, Hope Tree (How To Prune Fruit Trees) by Black Lawrence Press. He is also author of the chapbook, A Civic Pageant, also from Black Lawrence Press. His poems have appeared in journals such as Tin House, AQR, Black Warrior Review, Poet Lore, and Poems and Plays, among many others. A longtime resident of Indiana, he now lives in Los Angeles and teaches creative writing at National University.
In celebration of National Library Week (April 14-20) and National Poetry Month, the UWM Libraries are hosting a poetry reading by UWM creative writing professor Susan Firer, graduate students Ching-In Chen and Elisa Karbin, and undergraduate Skyer Osborne in the Golda Meir Library’s Grind area on Tuesday, April 16 at noon.
The reading, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UWM Libraries, Department of English, and School of Information Studies.
Open Mike 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Featured Poets 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm
Brothers K - 500 Main St., Evanston, IL
Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities. A Kundiman and Lambda Fellow, Ching-In is part of Macondo, VONA and Theatrical Jazz writing communities. They have worked in San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside, and Boston’s Asian American communities. They currently serves as cream city review‘s editor-in-chief.
Elizabeth Joy Levinson lives, teaches, and writes on the west side of Chicago. Her work has appeared in several journals, including Grey Sparrow, Hobble Creek Review, Up the Staircase, and Apple Valley Review. Her chapbook, As Wild Animals, is available through Dancing Girl Press. She has an MFA in Poetry from Pacific University in Oregon.
Just arrived in Boston for the Associated Writers & Writing Programs conference @ the Hynes Convention Center & Sheraton Boston this Thursday (March 7-9 2013) until Saturday (March 9, 2013).
Below is the schedule where I’ll be over the week!
Also, you can also find my poem mash-up online in response to 2 Vietnamese children’s paintings (as part of the SpeakPeace exhibit organized by Janet Carr), newly published this week in Lantern Review‘s Hybridity issue, along with work by lovelies Sally Mao, Esther Lee, Karen An-hwei Lee & more!
MARCH 6, 2013 (Wednesday)
7:30-9pm, Flicker and Spark International Queer Anthology Offsite Reading, Boston Alliance of LGBT Youth (BAGLEY) @ the Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116, firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or questions
MARCH 7, 2013 (Thursday)
1:30-2:45pm, Flicker and Spark International Queer Anthology Book Signing (part of AWP conference), Split This Rock Table @ AWP Book Fair, email@example.com for more info or questions
8:30-11:30pm, Intersecting Lineages Offsite Reading: Poets of Color on Cross-Community Collaboration, Make Shift Boston, 549 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118,
Featuring Indigenous, African American, Arab American, Asian American and Latina/o poets engaging in creative exchange and solidarity across racial and ethnic communities. The purpose of this event is to showcase and strengthen ongoing work between these communities, including efforts by community organizations dedicated to nurturing emerging writers from these communities such as Cave Canem, Kundiman, Canto Mundo, and RAWI and Institute of American Indian Arts.
Readers include Elmaz Abinader, Kazim Ali, Kaveh Bassiri, Bryan Bearhart, Tamiko Beyer, R. Erica Doyle, Carolina Ebeid, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Tarfia Faizullah, Santee Frazier, Alison Adelle Hedge Coke, Joan Kane, Doug Kearney, Bojan Louis, Juan Luis Guzman, Farid Matuk, Philip Metres, Sham E-Ali Nayeem, Marilyn Nelson, Deborah Paredez, Soham Patel, Khadijah Queen, Luivette Resto, Afaa Michael Weaver, Andre Yang. MCs: Sherwin Bitsui, Celeste Guzman Mendoza, Hayan Charara, Ching-In Chen, and Kevin Simmonds.
Please join us in ensuring accessibility for beloved members with chemical sensitivity and chronic illness by not bringing fragrances or scents on your clothes, hair, or skin from colognes and perfumes, scented laundry detergent, hair and body products, “natural” products, and essential oils. You can prepare in advance by not using products with fragrance, or by using fragrance free, non-toxic products.
We will be passing the hat to contribute to Make Shift Boston for the use of the space, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
MARCH 8, 2013 (Friday)
10:30-11:45am, Intersecting Lineages: Poets of Color on Cross-Community Collaboration Panel (part of AWP conference), Hynes Convention Center, Rm 209, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Inspired by collaboration between organizations mentoring poets of color (Cave Canem, Kundiman and Canto Mundo), poets from indigenous, African American, Arab American, Asian American and Latina/o communities will discuss creative exchange and solidarity amongst writers of color and their communities on this panel. There has been much focus on the exclusion of writers of color, but less attention paid to work happening organically across creative communities of color to collaboratively build the imaginative capacities of their communities. This event highlights the generative possibilities of creative exchanges amongst writers of color. SherwinBitsui, Celeste Guzman Mendoza, Hayan Charara, Ching-In Chen, andKevin Simmonds will begin by reading work by ancestor poets who are considered outside of their self-identified community/-ities. Following this, they will share their own work which highlights this kind of productive hybrid fertilizationand share their experiences to foster a conversation on how to continue this work.
6:30-9:30pm, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics Offsite Marathon Reading, Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Readers Include: Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran, Ariel Goldberg, Ching-In Chen, Cole Krawitz, Dawn Lundy Martin, EC Crandall, Eileen Myles, Eli Clare, Ely Shiply, Emerson Whitney, HR Hegnauer, Jaime Shearn Coan, Jen (Jay) Besemer, Jenny Johnson, Joy Ladin, Lilith Latini, Max Wolf Valerio, Oliver Bendorf, Samuel Ace, Stacey Waite, Stephen Burt, TC Tolbert, Tim Trace Peterson, Trish Salah, Y. Madrone, Yosmay del Mazo, Zoe Tuck
Sponsored by MTPC (Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition)
MARCH 9, 2013 (Saturday)
To promote the forthcoming VONA anthology, Dismantle; Cynthia Oka’s recent book release, Nomad of Salt and Hard Water;and celebrate community, please join us for…
Writers Reading Their Work: Authors from the VONA/Voices and Las Dos Brujas Writing Communities Share Their Writing
short readings from: Cynthia Oka, Minal Hajratwala, Andrea Walls, Camille Acker, Torrie Valentine, Jenn De Leon, Ching-In Chen, Anna Alves, Vanessa Martir, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Seve Torres, Tanya Perez-Brennan, Gail Dottin, Dionne Irving Bremyer, Buki Papillon, Alejandro Nodarse, Odilia Galvan Rodriquez, Melissa Rae Sipin-Gabon
ALL CONFERENCE: CREAM CITY REVIEW TABLE @ AWP BOOK FAIR, M17:
Heading to AWP? Come visit cream city review at our table, @ AWP Book Fair, M17
We’ll have our current issue, broadsides, and back issue bundles for sale, not to mention free swag. Glorious free swag!
We’re offering three distinct bundles of back issues, each centered around a particular theme and lovingly collected by your humble editors.
The QUEER bundle contains three issues featuring the work of Richard Blanco, Ursula K. Le Guin, Audre Lorde, D.A. Powell, Antler and many others.
The NATIVE/WRITERS OF COLOR bundle is also three issues, featuring Alison Adelle Hedge Coke, Joy Harjo, Arthur Boozhoo, Frank X. Walker, Tiphanie Yanique and others.
The GREAT LAKES region bundle is three issues and offers work by B.J. Best, James Liddy, Thylias Moss, Tony Trigilio, Kathleen Rooney and more.
But that’s not all! We’re also selling broadsides from the good folks at Woodland Pattern: poems by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Sherwin Bitsui, and Frank X. Walker are all available and awaiting a spot in your luggage.
In addition to these excellent deals, we’re also hosting a twitter contest during the conference. We’re looking for your finest poem, flash, or microessay, rendered in 140 characters or less. First place receives a free year subscription to cream city review. All subsequent places receive our admiration and affection. Stop by our table for more details.
See you in Boston!
Your friends at cream city review
Here’s where I’ll be this week!
Giving a public talk on The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Partner Violence Within Activist Communities, 7-9pm Thursday, February 21 @ U-W Madison’s Multicultural Student Center Lounge (Red Gym, 2nd Floor) with Jessica Vega Gonzalez (who co-facilitates Milwaukee’s Transformative Justice learn-to-action group with me)! We will be talking about transformative justice strategies to end violence within our communities.
Thanks to the amazing organizing efforts of fellow poet, Nick Demske, I’m reading at Bonk! 53 this Saturday!
Hope to see you!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6TH STREET
6PM (doors open 5:30)
musician Kiran Vee
poet Quraysh Ali Lansana
poet Ching-In Chen
KIRAN VEE (aka Bellse Soneek) is a writer, musician, producer, and youth advocate from Milwaukee, WI. He is best known for his powerful and engaging live performances with hip hop fusion quintet, Fresh Cut Collective. Winner of the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) award for best hip hop group, Fresh Cut Collective has been building a substantial regional following for the past few years, and has had the honor of performing with such hip hop legends as The Roots, De La Soul, and Slick Rick. In 2012, Kiran was named Most Influential Milwaukeean in the area of arts and culture. He is currently working on his thesis project for the Master’s program in the Liberal Studies department at UWM. The project is a film built around nine original songs that explore the rights of passage that individuals go through in asking the question “Who am I?” and how those personal quests for authenticity–for truth, for the real–fit into a larger picture in an increasingly connected global society.
A graduate of Case High School, Kiran is very excited to come back to Racine and perform.
QURAYSH ALI LANSANA is author of They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems (Third World Press, 2004) and the poetry collection Southside Rain (Third World Press, 2000); The Big World, a children’s book, (Addison-Wesley, 1999); and three poetry chapbooks, bloodsoil (sooner red) (Center for the American Land, May 2009), Greatest Hits: 1995-2005 (Pudding House Publications, 2006) and cockroach children: corner poems and street psalms (nappyhead press, 1995). His work has been published widely in journals and magazines across the country and internationally, including Callaloo, American Poetry Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. He is Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing at Chicago State University, and a former faculty member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School. Passage, his poetry video collaboration with Kurt Heintz, won the first ever Image Union/Bob Award from WTTW-TV (PBS). Quraysh earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where he was a Departmental Fellow. He has been a literary teaching artist and curriculum developer for over a decade and has led workshops in prisons, public schools, and universities in over 30 states.
CHING-IN CHEN is 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). A Kundiman and Lambda Fellow, Ching-In is part of Macondo, Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities, and Sharon Bridgforth’s Theatrical Jazz Institute. They have been awarded fellowships from Soul Mountain Retreat, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Millay Colony, and the Norman Mailer Center. A community organizer, they have worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside, and Boston. They are cream city review’s editor-in-chief.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd
RACINE ARTS COUNCIL
316 6TH STREET
6PM (doors open 5:30)
Today, The Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference begins!
I’ll be participating in tonight’s evening of performance (description below) & a roundtable panel tomorrow morning on Violence Against Women, where I’ll be sharing my thoughts on how transformative justice contributes to the discussion!
FRIDAY Feb. 15
Re :: Circulation: a re-cycled pecha kucha, re-assembled by Ching-In Chen, explores unplugging from current systems of monetary exchange// a futuristic gift economy, where services (creations) are exchanged without the possibility of immediate or future rewards. This project re-circulates the “wealth” of other writers and artists (including Van Tran, Bhanu Kapil, Sylvia La, Noah Purifoy, Flora Kao, Thomas Matsuda, Myung Mi Kim, Chantala Kommanivanh, Pepón Osorio, Soyeon Cho, Kristin Naca, Chelsea Wait, Susu Pianchupattana, and the re-assembler’s past creations) by engaging in acts of alteration, collage, sampling, re-mixing, collaboration and re-purposing.
An Evening of Performances
The Gasthaus Pub on the lower level of the UWM Student Union
(with pizza/drinks for registered conference participants at 5:30pm)
Introduction by Brittany Cavallaro, UW-Milwaukee (Creative Writing)
“Transition 2B” by Collette Stewart, UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts (Dance)
“Act Natural!” by Toby Wiggins, York University (Gender, Feminist, & Women’s Studies)
Currently untitled film, by Ben Balcom, UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts (Film, Video, Animation & New Genres)
“Comedy Routine” by Andrew Salyer, UW-Madison (Art Theory and Practice)
Poetry reading by Kara van de Graaf, UW-Milwaukee (Creative Writing)
“Nostalgia” by Kiam Marcelo Junio, visual and performance artist
“Emergent Economies, Queer Circulations” by Ching-In Chen, UW-Milwaukee (English, creative writing)
SATURDAY Feb. 16
Violence Against Women, Interdisciplinary Approaches and Failure at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM): Discussion Panel, Curtin Hall 108
Moderator: Lorraine Halinka Malcoe, UW-Milwaukee School of Public Health
RaeAnn Anderson, UWM, Psychology
Ching-In Chen, UWM, English Creative Writing
Nelida Cortes, UWM, Urban Studies
Jessica Milli, UWM, Economics
Laura Voith, UWM, Social Work