{NYC] Process Talk at Asian American Writers’ Workshop: Jaswinder Bolina, Ching-In Chen, Bich Minh Nguyen, & Timothy Yu Tonight!

June 20, 2016

Monday, June 20, 7-9pm

Asian American Writers’ Workshop (110-112 W 27th Street, Suite 600)

Come through for our first installment of Process Talks—a salon-style multimedia show-n-tell—where innovative poets and novelists will screen the images that have been haunting their writing and discuss their writing process. We’re featuring award-winning poets Jaswinder Bolina, Ching-In Chen, Timothy Yu, and novelist Bich Minh Nguyen, all four of whom join us in a rare visit from out of town.

Poet Jaswinder Bolina is author of Phantom Camera (winner of the 2012 Green Rose Prize in Poetry from New Issues Press) and Carrier Wave (winner of the 2006 Colorado Prize for Poetry from the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University). His work has been published in The Best American Poetry series, as well as The Poetry Foundation, The State, and Himal Southasian. He currently teaches on the faculty of the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at the University of Miami.

A genderqueer, multi-genre writer Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi/Red Hen Press, 2009). A Kundiman, Lambda, and Callaloo Fellow, they are a community organizer who has worked in Asian American communities in San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside and Boston, and co-organized the third national Asian Pacific American Spoken Word and Poetry Summit in 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). Check out Hana Maruyama writing about Ching-In’s explorations of the zuihitsu in The Margins.

Director of the Asian American Studies Program at UW-Madison, Timothy Yu is the author of 100 Chinese Silences, the editor’s selection in the Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest, and of Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry since 1965 (Stanford), winner of the Book Award in Literary Studies from the Association for Asian American Studies. Check out two of his poems in The Margins.

Bich Minh Nguyen is the author of three books: Short Girls, a novel, which won an American Book Award winner in fiction and a Library Journal best book of the year; Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, a memoir, received the PEN/Jerard Award from the PEN American Center and was a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year, as well as a finalist for AAWW’s own Asian American Literary Award. Her newest novel is Pioneer Girl, a literary mystery about a second-generation Vietnamese daughter and her family and their ties to The Little House on the Prairie.


Miami! Asian American Studies conference: Get Lit offsite reading + Asian American Poets Encounter the South

April 29, 2016

Dear lovelies,

I’ll be at the Association of Asian American Studies in Miami for these two events:

Get Lit in Miami!

Friday, April 29, 7-9p, The Cafe at Books and Books, Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

You are cordially invited to an Association of Asian American Studies Conference offsite literary reading (with happy hour!), co-curated by Kundiman, Kaya, and the Asian American Literary Review.

Readers include: Cathy Linh Che, Ed Lin, Naomi Hirahara, Lawrence Minh-Bui Davis, Timothy Yu & Ching-In Chen

Note: There are several locations for Books & Books. This reading is at the location within a five-minute walk from the AAAS conference site.



Sunday, April 30, 1:15-2:45p, Concierto Ballroom C

AAAS panel: Self-Articulation and Solidarity: Asian American Poets Encounter the South

Panelists: Vidhu Aggarwal, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Ching-In Chen, Shamala Gallagher, Sarah Gambito

To live in the American South requires finding a way to understand oneself against a history of structural racial violence: to conceptualize oneself, implicitly or explicitly, in relation to the powerful black/white narrative of slavery, Jim Crow laws, and Civil Rights. Perhaps more than any other American region, the South is constituted in national and global cultural imaginaries by a story about race. In this story, Asian American subject positions are largely muted. To be an Asian American poet in the South, then, is to confront a master narrative in which one’s own subject position has no place; it is to insert oneself into this story as a rogue element, a destabilizing and complexifying force. Just as Asian Americans have been figured as outsiders in this country, the Asian American poetic utterance occurs at the margins of the Southern racial story, seeking to deepen and transform it from there.

In this formally hybrid panel—half poetry reading, half critical dialogue—the poets of Kundiman, an Asian American poetry collective, will speak to questions of what it could mean to be Asian American in the South. We will read poems that address Southern geographies—cultural, emotional, economic, ecological, visual—in order to offer visions toward a fuller and more nuanced understanding of Southern racial terrain. In this endeavor, we seek not to displace or downplay the intense realities of black Southern subjugation and liberation: instead, in claiming our presence in Southern space, we strive toward a self-articulation that is simultaneous with a multifaceted solidarity. Speaking from a multiplicity of Asian American subject positions, we will explore possibilities for connection with the heterogeneous communities of color living in the South—examining, for example, Asian American relationships to settler colonialism and indigenous rights as well as to questions of Latin American migration and border politics. In reaching across the critical/creative divide, this panel formally echoes the complicated and innovative work of boundary-crossing that Asian Americans must undertake in order to write ourselves into the Southern story.

Split This Rock 2016: Hybrid Poetics + Arktoi Bears!

April 15, 2016

Where you’ll find me at this Split This Rock Poetry Festival this year!

Friday, April 15, 4-5:30pm, Hybrid Poetics: Igniting the Living Text
K. Bradford, Ching-In Chen, Angel Dominguez, Janice Sapigao
Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives Gallery – 1201 17th St NW, Washington DC

This panel will investigate and activate the cross-hatchings between hybrid bodies and hybridized poetic forms. The core question: how do our bodies, which are marked by multiplicity — mixed race, mixed class, gender variant, queer, polyamorous — call forward unique poetic forms? As poets of radical embodiment, what we do to the sentence, to forms of writing on the page — and how we test the borders of the page itself — are acts of aesthetic and cultural subversion. Our cultural and political hybridity, our refusal to occupy or assimilate to states of singularity, infuses and drives our textual inventiveness. We see the page as a living text that speaks from and to our cultural bodies and collective experiences. Our poetics preach our daily walk, as writers and as community-builders who trace our lineages forward and back across time. Exploring cultural embodiments of text such as choral structures, call & response, field notes, polyvocal assemblages, sonic scores, community ritual & more, the poets on this panel will 1) perform samplings of such work; 2) discuss these techniques/expressions and how they reflect and activate hybrid, halfbreed cultures and politics; 3) engage participants in exercises and community dialogue.



Saturday, April 16, 2-3:30p, Out Shout! Lesbian Poets Praise Arktoi Books
Elizabeth Bradfield, Ching-In Chen, Celeste Gainey, Rita Mae Reese, Verónica Reyes
Human Rights Campaign Room 105 AB – 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC

In 2006, feminist activist and queer poet, Eloise Klein Healy, established Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press, for the sole purpose of publishing literary works of high quality by lesbians. Arktoi’s mission is to give lesbian writers more access to “the conversation” that having a book in print affords. Over the past 10 years, Arktoi has published eight books, five of them full-length poetry collections by first-time lesbian authors. Empowered by Arktoi, these poets have all gone on to national attention and acclaim, their poetry and singular points of view a part of the provocative global conversation on gender, sexual identity, and queer culture. In celebration of Arktoi’s tenth anniversary, all five poets will read from their Arktoi collections as well as from work published more recently. As well, each poet will speak briefly about the ways in which publication by Arktoi has influenced and supported their choice of personal and artistic identity within the chaos of a burgeoning gender-fluid culture. This reading will be interactive, with time set aside for audience questions and open dialogue.



AWP 2016: where you’ll find me!

March 31, 2016

Thanks to Celeste Gainey for organizing a great celebration for ARKTOI BOOKS’ 10th Anniversary! @ Border Grill Downtown

Great to read with fellow Arktoi authors Elizabeth Bradfield, Catherine Kirkwood, Rita Mae Reese, Kelly Barth, Amy Schutzer, Verónica Reyes & Celeste Gainey & to celebrate Eloise Klein Healy!

My upcoming AWP schedule:
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016
7:15pm DENVER QUARTERLY, TARPAULIN SKY & DOROTHY OFFSITE READING @ Pieter (420 W. Ave 33, Unit 10) – http://www.pieterpasd.com/
w/Cathy Linh Che, Claire Donato, Dana Green, Elizabeth Hall, Manuel Paul Lopez, Kim Parko, Suzanne Scanlon

FRIDAY, April 1, 2016
9-10:30a VONA TABLE #1508 (with Willow Books) @ LA Convention Center, West Hall A/B, 1201 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles 90015

7:30-9:30p LIT PIZZA PARTY @ Submittable’s Camp Real Pants
Astroetic Studios, 224 E 11th St, Los Angeles, California 90015
With Nicole Callihan, Megan Leavad, Ted Dodson, Travis Sharp & many others!

About Camp Real Pants:
We’re hosting publishing arts & crafts sessions with organizations like VIDA, Submittable, and SPD, plus readings hosted by some great presses and journals like Dark Fucking Wizard, GMR, Bloof, Magic Helicopter, and 421 Atlanta. We’ll start the day with lunch at the mess hall, and cap it all off with stories and a singalong around a (fake) campfire.

Go to http://camp.realpants.com/ for more info on readers and hosts.

Pop -Hop Books & Curio, 5002 York Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90042
Ari Banias, Ching-In Chen, Christopher Soto (aka Loma), D’Lo, Emerson Whitney, Ely Shipley, H. Melt, Jenny Johnson, Jordan Rice, Jos Charles, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Joy Ladin, Max Wolf Valerio, Megan Milks, Oliver Bendorf, Ryka Aoki, Samuel Ace, Stephen Boyer, Stephen Ira, TC Tolbert, Trace Peterson, and Wo Chan.
Cosponsored by! AWP LGBT Caucus, EOAGH Books, THEM, Vetch Poetry

SATURDAY, April 2, 2016
Rm 410, LA Convention Center, Mtg Rm Level (Janelle Adsit, Ching-In Chen, Patricia Killelea, Sarah Sloane, Chris Santiago)
Event Description: A panel of recent hires and search committee members speak frankly about the academic hiring process from both sides of the interview table. Focusing on questions of identity, panelists address bias and problematize definitions of fit. Panelists describe choices made in crafting professional narratives and reconceive genres like cover letters as documents that not only persuade search committees, but also subvert the genre in ways that address the candidate’s own needs.

Plaza de Cultura y Artes (501 N Main St)
Come celebrate the 20-year legacy of the Macondo Writers Workshop. This reading of alumni (Macondistas) will honor the workshop created by author Sandra Cisneros. Learn how you can be part of the Macondo community. A reception and reunion will follow.

Scheduled readers: Deborah Miranda, Vincent Toro, Luis Rodriguez, Carla Trujillo, Wendy Call, Amelia Montes, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Reyna Grande, Sarah A. Chavez, Jose B Gonzalez, Ching-In Chen, Francisco Aragon, Anel Flores, Norma Cantu

Macondo fosters socially engaged writers united to advance creativity, foster generosity, and honor community.

SUNDAY, April 3
Chevalier’s Books (126 N Larchmont Blvd)
Potluck, Drinks, and Readings from AWP Survivors (that is, if they survive) including the talents of:

6:00 Intro Nicelle Davis / New Voice Curt Hanson
6:05 Ching-In Chen
6:10 Gabriel Don
6:15 Neil Aitken
6:20 Nik De Dominic
6:25 Jacqueline Tchakalian’s
6:30 Annette Schiebout
6:35 Caroline Kessler
6:40 Helene Cardona
6:45 John FitzGerald
6:50 Tanya Ko
6:55 Peggy Dobreer
7:00 Outro Nicelle Davis / New Voice Melanie Jeffrey
15 min Break
7:15 Intro Nicelle Davis / New Voice Andrea Thamm
7:20 Rich Ferguson
7:25 Cindy Rinne
7:30 Liz Silver
7:35 Ashley Inguanta
7:45 Shari Brannan Crane
7:50 Outro Nicelle Davis

Sam Houston State University MFA reading + Conversant

November 11, 2015

Happy to be reading Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. in Sam Houston State University’s Peabody Memorial Library (adjacent to Austin Hall) as part of the MFA program’s on-going reading series.  http://www.shsu.edu/today@sam/T@S/article/2015/chen-reading


Also, if you haven’t checked out the recent issue of The Conversant, November’s issue features Brian Teare with Christy Davids; Rosebud Ben-Oni with Matthew Salesses on his new book, The Hundred-Year Flood; Stacy Szymaszek with Matt Longabucco; Lynarra Featherly with Stacey Tran and Travis Meyer of Poor Claudia; Jane Joritz-Nakagawa with Bill Berkson; my interview with Maria Miranda Maloney of Mouthfeel Press; Mathew Timmons & Ben White’s The People: Episode 32 with Kristin Cammermeyer & Claire Rifelj; Andy Fitch’s interview with Nightboat author Andrew Durbin. Check it out at http://theconversant.org/

28 Days Later and Other Nightmares on What Terrifies Us

October 31, 2015

In the spirit of Halloween, Rosebud Ben-Oni​ wrote about badass Naomie Harris in the film 28 DAYS LATER for The Kenyon Review & asked me, Brian Kornell​, Malcolm Friend, Darrel Alejandro Holnes​, Raina Leon, Robin Ford, Jameson Fitzpatrick & Chen Chen​ to share what terrifies us. Happy Halloween!  Check it out here: http://www.kenyonreview.org/2015/10/28-days-later-and-other-nightmares-on-what-frightens-us/

cream city review panel & Milwaukee’s Best reading at Steel Pen Writers’ Conference

October 10, 2015

In Indiana at Steel Pen Writers’ Conference with Ryder Collins, Ann Stewart McBee, Dawn Tefft, all former editors of cream city review, to chat about tips for submitting to literary journals, 10:20-11:30am (Beethoven Room, Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza). Catch us reading Milwaukee-themed work tonight, 8:30-10pm (Grand Metropolitan East 4)! Full schedule & info below, http://indianawritersconsortium.org/IWC-creative-writing-conference.asp

Getting over the Transom: Tips for litmag acceptances from former editors of cream city review: Ching-In Chen, Ryder Collins, Ann Stewart McBee, and Dawn Tefft

In this panel, past editors of cream city review will discuss the do’s and don’ts of literary magazine submission generally as well as through the lens of their own publication’s aesthetic. The Milwaukee-based biannual, non-profit journal is devoted to publishing work that pushes the borders of literature. cream city review features fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, visual art, author interviews, and reviews of contemporary literature.

Milwaukee’s Best: A Reading
Ching-In Chen, Ryder Collins, Ann Stewart McBee, and Dawn Tefft

A pack of writers with ties to Milwaukee – all have lived in the city on the lake and all have served in an editorial role at cream city review –will bring their Miltown flavor to you. What makes Milwaukee great? It’s a place on the lake; it’s a place in our hearts. Come hear us share some Milwaukee love and words with you.

Open Mic, Armstrong – Writers of all genres invited!

Failure to Identify Poetry Patio Party with María Miranda Maloney & new issues of The Conversant

September 5, 2015

Dear friendlies,

I finished my PhD! And moved to Houston, Texas to teach poetry and literature at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.  Lovelies and local artists/writers John Pluecker & Jorge Galván Flores are hosting a poetry patio party for myself and another writer newly moved to the area.  Info below.

And The Conversant is fully up and running after a summer hiatus.

Check out our most recent issues at http://www.theconversant.org/:

September’s issue of The Conversant is live! This month’s conversations include Freesia McKee with Anja Notanja Sieger & La Prosette on typewriting performance; Open House presents: Housten Donham with Fred Moten; Rosebud Ben-Oni with CantoMundo poets Diego Báez, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, J. Michael Martinez, Juan Morales and Octavio Quintanilla on {Power} Ballads; Andy Fitch with John Sakkis as part of an oral history of Nightboat Books; Mathew Timmons and Ben White’s The People with Troll Thread; Randall James Tyrone with Dan Beachy-Quick on his Essay Press book, A Quiet Book; That’s My Tattoo: a poetics conversation with Elisa Gabbert and Chris Tonelli, and Vernacular Visions: Brandon Freels with Justin Clifford Rhody.

August’s issue features conversations & interviews with Grace Shuyi Liew with Ginger Ko on feminist poetics, the poetry community’s sexism & Coconut Book’s recent hiatus; Laynie Browne & Julie Carr on their Essay Press chapbooks; The People’s Mathew Timmons & Ben White with Tom Comitta & Suzanne Stein; Rosebud Ben-Oni with JP Howard as part of Intersecting Lineages; Open House presents Madison Davis with Brittany Bill-Meyer Finn; Brandon Som with KAYA Press author Nicholas Wong; Jim Goar with Andre Baggoo; Andy Fitch with Nightboat author Daniel Borzutzky; Philip Metres with Stepan Brand; & Maria Anderson with Jennifer Kwon Dobbs on her Essay Press book.


Failure to Identify Poetry Patio Party: María Miranda Maloney & Ching-In Chen

Saturday September 5, 2015
Back Patio of Jorge and JP’s House, Houston TX (since this is a private residence, I’m not going to publicly post their home address — but send an e-mail to chinginchen [at] gmail.com, if you’re interested in coming and don’t know the address)

María Miranda Maloney & Ching-In Chen have just moved to our beloved alligator-infested, petrochemical-infused, swampy Texas Gulf Coast bayoulands. The days are a little shorter, but the summer sun is still burning the banana leaves. Come out and meet María and Ching-In, welcome them to the area and hear their amazing poetry.

We’ll be with the philodendrons, the castor bean tree, and the aloe veras on the back patio of our home for this event. It’s BYOB. Feel free to bring a drink or a snack or an extra chair. Feel free to bring friends and invite other people, but it’s our house so make sure they’re sweet.

And we’d love if you’d stick around and chat and hang out afterward. Let’s have some fun together. Not another Houston art-and-run event. Pull up a chair and stick around a while.

More info on the poets:

Maria Miranda Maloney is the founder of Mouthfeel Press and author of The Lost Letters of Mileva. She is the educational outreach organizer for the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum. She is the current poetry editor for BorderSenses. Maloney has an MFA in Bilingual Creative Writing from UT El Paso.

Ching-In Chen (www.chinginchen.com) is author of The Heart’s Traffic and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities. A Kundiman, Lambda and Callaloo Fellow, they are part of Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities, and have been a participant in Sharon Bridgforth’s Theatrical Jazz Institute. They are senior editor of The Conversant and have served on the Woodland Pattern board, Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission and as editor-in-chief of cream city review.

More info on the Failure to Identify Series (from JP):

This is the ninth event of an Occasional, Itinerant, Sporadic, Vagabond, Versatile, Irregular, Incidental, Intermittent, Roundabout, Accidental, Stray, Raro, Combustible series of arts & writing events. For the moment, the series is called Failure to Identify.

Since May 2012, I’ve been experimenting with creating spaces for innovative, interdisciplinary & risk-taking writers & artists to perform for Houston publics. Usually these events feature writers from out-of-town, though sometimes with local folks too. Sometimes the work pushes at the boundaries of the “reading” format. Since there is no institutional or academic funding (and I have no desire to institutionalize or non-profitize anything), the series has no fixed schedule and is super-occasional and super-dependent on happy coincidences and friendly, willing participants. Events have been held on the back patio of Kaboom Books or at other times in conjunction with local organizations like Art League, Project Row Houses, Fotofest and more. This will be the first time we have the party at home. Previous events have included:

May 2012: Let the Ponies Have Plenty of Room
June 2012: Jen Hofer & Javier Huerta
August 2012: Janice Lee & Anna Joy Springer
September 2012: TC Tolbert & Boston Davis Bostian
November 2012: Douglas Kearney
January 2013: Marco Antonio Huerta, Minerva Reynosa, Sara Uribe, and Lupe Méndez
March 2013: Rosebud Ben-Oni and Stalina Villarreal
March 2014: The Gender Book, Madsen Minax & CA Conrad

(Note to the note: As mentioned above, this series is now called Failure to Identify. It’s a crime in the U.S. to not identify yourself and it seems like somehow the work featured in this series has navigated the treacherous waters of (dis)identification, refusal and failure. The series was unnamed for a long time, but now I am liking this name more and more. It seems big and spacious and un-identifiable. In the past, I have given priority to just organizing the events, rather than naming what these events are. However, I have contemplated numerous names: Unzoned, Unnamed, As-Yet-Unnamed-But-Really-Quite-Lovely, before tentatively settling on this one: Failure to Identify.)

Windy Hill Release Party @ University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Library!

May 4, 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015: Reading at the Windy Hill Release Party, noon at UW-Waukesha Library! Also, excited to share/chat about some of the work forthcoming in Cream City Review‘s genrequeer folio with an Intro to LGBTQA Studies class I’m visiting.


The 37th annual Windy Hill Review is going to the printers! The official release party will be noon on May 4th in the UW-Waukesha library!

The event will be co-sponsored by the Pride Alliance, and there will be a reading by the fantastic poet Ching-In Chen, some light refreshments, and copies of the magazine will be available. Students and community members are welcome!

~ * ~ About the Speaker ~ * ~

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi/Red Hen Press, 2009) and a genderqueer and multi-genre writer. Born of Chinese immigrants, they are a Kundiman, Lambda and Callaloo 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, as well as helped organize the third national Asian Pacific American Spoken Word and Poetry Summit in 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).

Chen’s poetry has been featured at poetry readings across the country, including Poets Against Rape, Word from the Streets, and APAture Arts Festival: A Window on the Art of Young Asian Pacific Americans. Their work has been published in anthologies and journals including Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, A Face to Meet the Faces: an Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, Quarterly West, Court Green, Indiana Review, Diagram, Iron Horse Literary Review, and BorderSenses. They have won an Oscar Wilde honorable mention for “Two River Girls,” a poem from The Heart’s Traffic.

Their poem-play “The Geisha Author Interviews,” also from The Heart’s Traffic was nominated for a John Cauble Short Play Award. Chen has also been awarded residencies and fellowships from Soul Mountain Retreat, Vermont Studio Center, the Fine Arts Work Center, the Paden Institute, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Millay Colony for the Arts, the Norman Mailer Center, Ragdale Foundation and Can Serrat.

A graduate of Tufts University, Chen earned an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside and is currently completing a PhD program at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

MA Poetry Festival, Can Serrat, Image Text Ithaca, Woodland Pattern blog, Poets & Shoes, Essay Daily, Queer Mentors, Original Plumbing, Conversant

May 2, 2015

Lots of news to catch up on!

The biggest for me is that I’m finishing up my PhD program at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee this May and saying goodbye to my Milwaukee community shortly and my time as editor of cream city review. A big thank you is in order for my committee members, my wonderful chair, Brenda Cárdenas and the rest of my committee members, Dr. Sukanya Banerjee, Dr. Cary Costello , Dr. Mauricio Kilwein Guevara, and Dr. Kumkum Sangari.

Where you can find me:

1) The Poetics of Construction at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival

Saturday, May 2nd, 12:15pm – 1:15pm

Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

As contemporary life fragments around us, poetry becomes radical site of construction. Word by word, poets construct new realities from the material of language and thought. For poets of color, queer poets, working class poets, this work is not only radical, it is lifesaving.

We present Asian American poets engaging a range of poetics an evoking a wide scope of concerns. Taking as a starting point the Peabody Essex Museum’s collections, we will delve into what we construct and how—from the history of New England’s involvement with the Asia trade and the construction of the idea of “Asia,” to an ecopoetics that questions the construction of the “natural” in relationship to race and technology, to meditations on the construction of interpersonal relationships and the body. We ask what it means to perform the act of construction today and how we deconstruct toward creating new, more useful constructions.

Featured panelists include Cathy Linh Che, Chen Chen, Ching-In Chen, Sally Wen Mao, Annie Won, and Tamiko Beyer. Sponsored by Kundiman. 

2) Can Serrat in June 2015:  I’ve been awarded a full stipend residency at Can Serrat in El Bruc, 40 minutes outside of Barcelona and excited to be there in June!

3) Image Text Ithaca Workshop and Symposium at Ithaca College, July 5-10, 2015

The Symposium is open to the public: We are excited to announce the final roster for our July 9-10, 2015 Image Text Ithaca Symposium at Ithaca College. We’re looking forward to an energetic, intimate and unorthodox symposium – two days of serious fun – and we hope you will be able to join us! There are opportunities to attend this year’s Symposium, register for the undergraduate Practicum, or take a 1-credit Internship with us this summer. 

The ITI Symposium will explore creative, publishing and curatorial work by an international roster of artists.  Organized around a series of presentation, readings, and conversations, the Symposium features established and emerging practitioners working at the intersection of writing and photography, both individually and through collaborative practice. Presentations will be made by this year’s senior and junior fellows: Lucas Blalock, Bruno Ceschel, Charlotte Cotton, Christine Hume, John Keene, Claudia Rankine, Ben Alper, Daniel Augschoell & Anya Yasbar, Andre Bradley, Ching-In Chen, Tonya Foster, Jen Hyde, Suzanna Zak; and by special seminar presenters, including: Maria Damon, Jason Fulford, Tamara Shopsin, Matvei Yankelevich, Federica Chiocchetti.

Opening event: Thursday, July 9, 4:30p

Symposium Presentations: Friday, July 10, 9a-5p

Closing event: Friday, July 10, 7pm


Where you can find my work recently:

4) Thanks to Ngoho Reavey and Michael Wendt for featuring some of my poems (and Wisconsin poets) on the Woodland Pattern blog.

5) Thanks Aimee Nezhukumatathil for curating this fun Poets & Shoes Tumblr for poetry month! You can check out what poets like Lee Ann Roripaugh, Jenny Johnson, Dilruba Ahmed, January Gill O’Neil, Ifrancine Ij Iharris, Rigoberto González, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Ross Gay & R.A. Villaneuva are reading & wearing. Here’s mine.

6) Thank you to T Clutch Fleischmann for interviewing me about queer essay lineages & the zuihitsu as part of a Queer interview series on Essay Daily.

7) Letters to Our Mamis y Papis: Love for Queer Mentors: Thank you Loma for making space to celebrate each other & queer mentors! Beautiful to see Eduardo C. Corral, Griselda Suarez, William Johnson, Ocean Vuong, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Norma Elia Cantu, Phillip B Williams, Kazim Ali, L. Lamar WIlson, Fatimah Asghar, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Danez Smith, Arisa White, CA Conrad & more invoking & invoked on The Best American Poetry blog!  & thank you to Madeleine Lim & Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project for the brilliant community work you do!

8) Thank you to Amoc Mac for including me in The Lit Issue of Original Plumbing, alongside Kit Yan, Cooper Lee B, TC Tolbert, Eli Clare, Samuel Ace, Emerson Whitney & many more!


9) If you haven’t checked out our recent issues of The Conversant, here is our most recent content. We’ll be going on summer hiatus and will be back up in August with new content!

April’s issue of The Conversant features: Woodland Pattern: Freesia McKee with Danez Smith; Caleb Beckwith with Christopher Vandegrift; Megan Milks with Gina Abelkop; Krystal Languell with Rachel Levitsky; Sharmila Lisa Cohen with Joshua Daniel Edwin; Ivy Johnson with Emji Saint Spero & Joel Gregory of Timeless, Infinite Light; ManifeStation Goes to Iceland: Anaïs Duplan; Mathew Timmons & Ben White’s The People: Episodes 20, 21, 23 (with Ariel Evans, Carol Cheh, Nicolas Shake, Sarah Williams, Stacey Allen & Tommy Dodge); Jane Satterfield with Adrianne Kalfopoulou!

May’s issue of The Conversant is live, featuring Virginia Grise with Sharon Bridgforth on River See & Theatrical Jazz; “How the Whole World Crashes Into Silence”: Open House’s Cosmo Spinosa Housten Donham Interviews Joseph Massey; Black Rhythm & Chhoti Maa on Hip Hop from Puerto Rico to Califaztlan; Mathew Timmons Ben White‘s The People: Episode 24 with John Zane Zappas & Lindsay Preston Zappas; Mg Roberts Timothy Yu on Nests and Strangers & the Asian American Avant-Garde; Andrea Rexilius & Anne Waldman with Margaret Randall (a tease for a new Essay Press chapbook). We’ll be going on a summer hiatus & be back in August with fresh content!