Archive for February, 2009

LGBT Publishing Panel & Workshop @ Ruskin

February 28, 2009
March 7— 9:30-4 pm Breakfast, Lunch, Panel Discussion & Workshop!

800 S Plymouth Blvd LA 90005

1 block s of Wilshire/3blocks w of Crenshaw

310-936-7484 Elena Karina Byrne, Literary Programs Director


$95 Full Day (Breakfast & Lunch included)  $45 Audit (Breakfast & Morning session till 12:30 only)

LGBT Publishing Panel. A frank, thorough discussion of the literary landscape for LGBT authors and books with LGBT content, including submission opportunities with journals, reviews, and publishers, as well as information about other support organizations, retreats, and resources. Issues covered will include some pitfalls to avoid when openly publishing as an LGBT author, such as how to publicize yourself as such without having your book limited (and sometimes ghettoized) to one section of the bookstore. We will, as time permits, also talk about contemporary LGBT authors, as well as open up to more personal matters, such as what it means to write LGBT subject matter, and what, if any, responsibilities one may have when doing so. Panelists include Eloise Klein Healy, Editor of Arktoi Press; Charles Flowers, Executive Director of the Lambda Literary Foundation; Nickole Brown, poet and Marketing Director at Sarabande Books; and Ching-In Chen, poet and political activist.

An afternoon poetry workshop will follow with Eloise Klein Healy and Nickole Brown. We’ll be concentrating on issues of craft and the creative process in an open and safe environment. Come prepared with two poems to share with the group.

Bios (in alphabetical order):

Nickole Brown’s books include Sister: Poems (Red Hen, September 2007) and the anthology, Air Fare (co-edited with Judith Taylor). She graduated from Vermont College and was the editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson. Her work has been featured in The Writer’s Chronicle, Poets & Writers, 32 Poems, Chautauqua Literary JournalDiagram Magazine, Another Chicago Magazine, and the anthology PP / FF. She has received grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Kentucky Arts Council. She has worked at Sarabande Books in Louisville, Kentucky, for nine years.

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press). Daughter of Chinese immigrants and a Kundiman Fellow, Ching-In has worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, and Boston, and helped organize the third national Asian Pacific American Spoken Word and Poetry Summit in Boston. Her work has been recently published in Tea Party, Fifth Wednesday JournalOCHOIron Horse Literary Review, and Water~Stone Review. Ching-In’s poem-film, We Will Not Be Moved!: A Story of Oakland Chinatown, was screened as part of the 2004 National Queer Arts Festival. Ching-In is the co-editor of the zine, The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Partner Abuse in Activist Communities, and is currently co-editing an anthology on militarism, gender and war from the perspectives of girls, women, and non-gender-conforming people of color.

A fifteen year-plus veteran of publishing and arts administration, Charles Flowers has served as the co-chair of the Publishing Triangle, the association of lesbians and gay men in publishing, and from 2001 to 2005, he was Associate Director of the Academy of American Poets. He is the co-author of Golden Men: The Power of Gay Midlife (with Harold Kooden, Ph.D.), and his poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, Indiana Review, and Puerto del Sol. Flowers is also the founding editor of BLOOM, a journal for lesbian and gay writing that Edmund White has called “the most exciting new queer literary publication to emerge in years” (

Eloise Klein Healy is the author of six books of poetry and three spoken word recordings. She was the founding chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles where she is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Emerita. Healy directed the Women’s Studies Program at California State University Northridge and taught in the Feminist Studio Workshop at The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. She is Poet-in-Residence at the Idyllwild Summer Poetry Festival, the co-founder of ECO-ARTS, an eco-tourism/arts venture, and founding editor of ARKTOI BOOKS, an imprint of Red Hen Press specializing in the work of lesbian authors. Her latest collection of poems is The Islands Project: Poems For Sappho.

online poems, beautiful anthologies & podcasts!

February 22, 2009

Here’s some recent news —
I have 2 poems “Ferment” and “Kundiman for Those You Must Say Goodbye To” up in the current issue of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal (

You can hear an interview I did with poet Ralph Angel on ArtsBlock Live:

Finally, it was a pleasure to hear some of the contributors of Yellow as Turmeric, Fragrant as Cloves: a Contemporary Anthology of Asian American Women’s Poetry at AWP & meet editor Anne Marie Fowler who has been hard at work on this anthology for a long time!  I came home to a beautiful book on my doorstep which I’m excited to read and happy that my poems “Day Before, New Orleans” and “Seven After: Weaving Girl Meets Cowherd” have found homes here.

Happy writing to you!

Heart’s Traffic Riverside Book Release Party, Skylight Reading & Ugly Mug Feature!

February 16, 2009

Dear friendlies!

I’m sending out my book into the world this week and grateful for all the love it’s gotten so far:-) Please help me spread the word and hope to see you there!


Come celebrate the release of Ching-In Chen’s The Heart Traffic & Ely Shipley’s Boy With Flowers!

From Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, The Heart’s Traffic is Ching-In’s debut collection of poems. This novel-in-poems chronicles the life of Xiaomei, an immigrant girl haunted by the death of her best friend. Told through a kaleidoscopic braid of stories, letters, and riddles, this stunning debut collection follows Xiaomei’s life as she grows into her sexuality and searches for a way to deal with her complicated histories. At times, meditation, celebration, investigation, and elegy, this is a book about personal transformation within the context of a family forced to make do—a Makeshift Family—and how one might create new language to name the New World.

Ely Shipley’s first book of poems, Boy with Flowers, won the 2007 Barrow Street Press book prize judged by Carl Phillips who wrote: “Boy with Flowers stands in the crosshairs of societally imposed notions of gender and the gender we instinctively know to be our own, inside; but for gender, we might substitute memory also, for these poems are everywhere concerned with the tension between what we remember and what can’t possibly have occurred, between what occurred and what we resist remembering, the memories ‘darkening everywhere/they'[ve] been touched.’ It is as if identity consisted only of the many selves we can still remember, and the self were ‘an endless chain/of colored scarves//unfolding from the magician’s sleeve.'”

Thursday, February 19, 2008, 7pm.
Riverside book release party
Main branch, Riverside Public Library
3581 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, CA.
Info: Inlandia Institute at (951) 826-5713.

Friday, February 20, 2009. 7:30pm
Featured Reader at Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009. 8pm (Ching-In only)
Featured Reader at Ugly Mug Caffe.
261 North Glassell Ave, Orange, CA.

Ching-In’s AWP Schedule

February 11, 2009

Come & say hi if you’re going to AWP!


Thursday, February 11, 2009.  7-9:30pm

Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging Writers Reading & Reception

Gerber-Hart Library and Archives, 1127 W. Granville, Chicago IL

(adjacent to the red Line “Granville” stop).
Free, including drinks and hors d’oeuvres


Reception and readings by Lambda Emerging Writers Retreat Fellows Kathie Bergquist, Ching-In Chen, Charles Rice-Gonzales, RJ Gibson, Ely Shipley, Griselda Suarez, Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran, Cole Krawitz, Anne Laughlin and Ruben Quesada. There will be a free copy of the book, A Field Guide to Gay and Lesbian Chicago, given to the first 100 guests.

Friday, February 13, 2009. 12-1:15pm
Panel, “Kundiman Kindles the Flame: New Asian American Poetry”

(Oliver de la Paz, Aimee Nezhukmatathil, Jennifer Chang, Timothy Yu, Neil Aitken, Ching-In Chen) Kundiman, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the creation, cultivation, and promotion of Asian-American poetry celebrates the achievements of its fellows, faculty, and its founders. During this panel, Kundiman fellows Ching-In Chen (The Heart’s Traffic). Neil Aitken (The Lone Country of Sight) and Timothy Yu (Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry Since 1965) will read a selection of poems. They will also share the stage with their Kundiman faculty and staff members who are also celebrating the arrival of new poetry book collections. Additionally, members of the panel will briefly discuss the mission of Kundiman as an organization and share some information about the summer retreat.
Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference

Lake Ontario, 8th Floor, Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL
Info: Joseph O Legaspi with Kundiman,

Friday, February 13, 2009, 3-4pm

The Heart’s Traffic Booksigning at Red Hen Press Table (522)

Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference

Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL

Saturday, February 14, 10:30-11:30am

The Heart’s Traffic Booksigning at Red Hen Press Table (522)

Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference

Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL
(Note: Members of the public can attend the bookfair free on Saturday!)

Sunday, February 15, 4:30pm

Women & Children First Presents Lesbian Poets!

Readings and reception with emerging and established lesbian poets including Achy Obejas, Ching-In Chen, Nickole Brown and Tamiko Beyer.

Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark, Chicago IL

Free, includes refreshments

SundaySalon & Chinky Fonts

February 8, 2009

My poem “Disciple” is in the current issue of SundaySalon’s salonzine at & my piece on “The Origins of the Chinky Font” is in the current issue of Hyphen Magazine (#16, Consumption):