Rhapsodomancy & Fullerton Readings + News!

Good Sunday morning!

Two of the poems from The Heart’s Traffic (“Two Truths & A Lie” and “Black Light”) were finalists for the Borders Open-Door Poetry Contest, judged by Billy Collins. http://www.bordersmedia.com/odp/poems/collins_finalists.asp

I also have two readings this week in SoCal (info below)! Hope to see you there!


Rhapsodomancy announces the writers reading on Sunday, April 19, 2009:


Sunday, April 19, 2009
Doors open at 7:00 – Reading begins at 7:30pm
The Good Luck Bar, 1514 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, 90027 (east Hollywood/Silver Lake: corner of Hollywood & Hillhurst)
21 and over only.
RSVP at rhapsodomancyla@yahoo.com (RSVP not required, but appreciated)
$3 suggested donation at door.
There will be a cash bar.

Jericho Brown worked as the speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before receiving his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. He also holds an M.F.A. from the University of New Orleans and a B.A. from Dillard University, and he has served as poetry editor at Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. His poems have appeared in Callaloo, The Iowa Review, jubilat, New England Review, and Prairie Schooner. The recipient of a Cave Canem Fellowship, two scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and two travel fellowships to the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, Brown is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of San Diego where he teaches creative writing. Western Michigan University’s New Issues Poetry & Prose published his first book, Please. http://www.jerichobrown.com

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press), a novel-in-poems chronicling the life of an immigrant girl haunted by the death of her best friend. Daughter of Chinese immigrants and a Kundiman Fellow, Ching-In has worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, and Boston. Her work has been recently published in Tea Party, Fifth Wednesday Journal, OCHO, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Water~Stone Review. http://www.chinginchen.com

Sina Grace is the author of the comic book series Books with Pictures and The Roller-Derby Robo-Dykes versus The Cannibals. His work has appeared in several prose and graphic novel anthologies. He illustrated More Adventurous, the Rilo Kiley comic to the eponymous album; and also illustrated inserts and promotional material for Common Rotation, Finest Dearest, and others. Cedric Hollows in Dial ‘M’ for Magic is his first novel. He lives in Southern California.

Edan Lepucki has published fiction in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, CutBank, Meridian, Avery, Narrative Magazine, and the Los Angeles Review. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a regular contributor to The Millions book blog. She is the founder of Writing Workshops Los Angeles, private writing school for the brave, enthusiastic and talented. She’s currently at work on a novel.

Reflections on Activism and Community
In celebration of National Poetry Month, National Library Week, and Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Cal State Fullerton is hosting readings by poets in our community, featuring special guest Ching-In Chen

Monday, April 20, 2009
Pollak Library, Salz-Pollak Room (PLS 102A), Cal State Fullerton
California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton CA 92870

1:00 pm—2:00 pm
Poetry Workshop by Creative Writing Club
Susan Asch and Lyndsey Lefebvre

2:30 pm—3:30 pm
Ching-In Chen Reading

4:00 pm—5:00 pm
World Languages Session

5:00 pm—6:00 pm
CSUF & Community Reading

Ching-In Chen is a poet and multi-genre, border-crossing writer. She is the daughter of Chinese immigrants and a Kundiman Asian American Poet Fellow. A community organizer, she has worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, and Boston, as well as helped organize the third national Asian Pacific American Spoken Word and Poetry Summit in Boston. Ching-In is also the co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Partner Abuse in Activist Communities. Ching-In 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. Her work has been published in the anthology Growing Up Girl: Voices from Marginalized Spaces and journals such as Tea
Party, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and OCHO. Her poems are forthcoming in Iron Horse Literary Review, WaterStone Review, and the anthology Yellow as Turmeric, Fragrant as Cloves. She has won an Oscar Wilde honorable mention for “Two River Girls,” a poem from The Heart’s Traffic. Her poem-play “The Gei-
sha Author Interviews,” also from The Heart’s Traffic, was nominated for a John Cauble Short Play Award and recommended for development at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Ching-In has also been awarded residencies and fellowships from the Voices of Our Nations Foundation, Soul Mountain Retreat, Vermont Studio Center, and the Paden Institute. A graduate of Tufts University, Ching-In Chen currently lives in Riverside, CA, where she is in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of California Riverside.

Cal State Fullerton’s Creative Writing Club will host an interactive workshop from 1-2 on Monday, April 20th. During the workshop entitled “Found Poetry: Reflections on Personal Experience in the Everyday,” Lyndsey Lefebvre and Susan Asch (President and Vice president of the CWC) will provide an interactive forum through which attendees can create their own fresh perspectives from public discourse- in this case, the daily newspaper. After five-ten minutes of poetry readings in which Lyndsey Lefebvre and Susan
Asch share their own found works, participants will be led through a half hour quest to separate their own distinct voices from the columns and the classifieds, circling and combining words and phrases from the newspapers provided to show the versatility of So. Cal. vernacular. The last twenty minutes of the workshop will be devoted to audience participation in which willing workshoppers can polish and share their work.

Susan Asch, (714) 278-3124, sasch@fullerton.edu
Tu-Uyen Nguyen, (714) 278-4157, tunnguyen@fullerton.edu
Stephanie Rosenblatt, (714) 278-5801, srosenblatt@fullerton.edu



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