Richard Stockton College Visiting Writers series with Judy Copeland Oct. 21!

October 21, 2014

10704225_10152796605512250_4162943744816637214_oReading with Judy Copeland Oct. 21 at Richard Stockton College, 8pm in L-112!  Thanks to Cynthia Arrieu-King for organizing!

1st Midwestern Friendlies Meet hosted by Indiana Unvirsity & October issue of The Conversant!

October 4, 2014

midw friendliesI — along with poetry reader Franklin KR Cline and fiction reader Michael Larson — will be reading for cream city review/University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at tomorrow’s 1st Midwestern Friendlies Meet, hosted by Indiana University at The Back Door (207 S College Ave, Bloomington, Indiana). The Midwestern Friendlies and Meets are an initiative to build strong community and networks across writers in graduate creative writing programs in the Midwest and readers from Butler University, Indiana University, Ohio State University, Purdue University and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will also be reading. Come say hello if you’re in the area!


If you haven’t checked out the new October issue of The Conversant yet, please take a peek! Featuring these conversations — Female Aesthetic(s) Symposium (Part 1): Monica Hand, Patricia Spears Jones, Ruth Ellen Kocher & Tracy Chiles McGhee with Metta Sáma; H.L. Hix with Naomi Ward; our 1st Intersecting Lineages conversation between Rosebud Ben-Oni with Jason Koo; Cathy Wagner with Laura Sims; Tony Trigilio’s Radio Free Albion interview with R. Erica Doyle; Philip Metres with Ivan Zhdanov; J’Lyn Chapman with Rachel Blau DuPlessis; Stephanie Anderson with Joanne Kyger; Rusty Morrison with Ewa Chrusciel; Andrew Wessels with Claire Huot and Robert Majzels; “to make a new whole of the fragments”: A Roundtable Discussion with Poets in Women Write Resistance; Catherine Theis with Nathan Hoks; Elaine Bleakney with Dan Brady; The People: Mathew Timmons & Ben White with John Burtle & Elana Mann (Ep. 14), Kim Calder & Vanessa Place (Ep. 15); Marietta Brill with Michael Ruby & Elisabeth Workman and Sandra Simonds: Poets in Tank Tops Discuss the Universe!

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

September 26, 2014

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




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, Vince Pozza , Kashia Ayz , Gabriel Thomas , Mikey Cody Apollo and Karl Reeves .

$3 kids under 15ry free

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


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!

You can read the inaugural issue here:

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.

$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!


 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. 

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:

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
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
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

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

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 for the full schedule. Also,


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!


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).  


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