Archive for May, 2009

my SF book release party, choreopoem opera performance + book review of Shimoda’s Alps!

May 28, 2009

Dear lovelies!

Thank you all for your love & support! I’m making an all-too brief trip to San Francisco where I’m excited to be reading with my talented writer friends at my SF book release party at Modern Times (info below). Also, one of my favorite things this past month has been watching my words come alive on the stage with six ridiculously talented actors under the direction of Majd Murad (info below).

Friday, May 29, 2009, 7:30pm
San Francisco Book Release Party!
with special guests Elmaz Abinader, Alicia Kester, Kenji Liu & Zuleikha Mahmood
Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia St, San Francisco CA

Join Ching-In Chen and special guests Alicia Kester, Kenji Liu, Zuleikha Mahmood and Elmaz Abinader to celebrate the release of The Heart’s Traffic — a novel-in-poems chronicling the life of an immigrant girl haunted by the death of her best friend who grows into her sexuality and searches for a way to deal with her complicated histories.

Bios of readers in alphabetical order:
Author, poet, playwright, Elmaz Abinader has won the 2002 Goldies Award for Literature, a PEN/Josephine Miles award for poetry and two Drammies (Oregon’s Drama Circle) for her performances. Author of a Memoir, Children of the Roojme a collection of poetry, In the Country of my Dreams… and several one-woman shows, in. She is a co-founder of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation that holds workshops for Writers of Color, and teaches at Mills College.

Ching-In Chen is the author ofThe 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. Ching-In is currently co-editing an anthology on militarism, gender and war from the perspectives of girls, women, and non-gender-conforming people of color and part of the Save Our Chinatown Collective in Riverside, California.

Alicia Kester is a writer and activist living and working in Oakland. Political science-fiction and poetry keep her pretty occupied. In her free time she’s known to cheat at Backgammon.

Kenji Liu is a 1.5 generation Japanese-born Taiwanese American expatriate of New Jersey suburbia. His writing explores the politics of migration, memory, culture, history, mourning and joy. His poetry chapbook You Left Without Your Shoes is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

Zuleikha Mahmood is a queer mixed Afghan writer. Her work has been featured on Muslim WakeUp’s Sex and the Umma column, and she is currently at work on a novel.

Saturday, May 30, 2009
Performance of “When She Singing Flame Battles the Broke-Down Bus Narrative: A Choreopoem Opera”
Directed by Majd Murad
Playworks 2009
Theatre Lab, Humanities 411 (next to University Theater)
University of California at Riverside
Riverside, CA
Starring Clarissa Ching, Anne Marie Iniguez, Justin Chao, Francis Chen, Daniel de Ramos & Alison Minami

A kaleidoscope poem-play featuring a shapeshifter, a single-mother matriarch She Singing Flame and her children who talkstory through the night to survive an impending war.
Last but not least, my review of Brandon Shimoda’s The Alps is up in the new Galatea Resurrects:

1st speculative fiction, new work up & readings in LA this week!

May 6, 2009

Dear friends!

Here’s some news —

My first speculative fiction recently won the 2009 Eaton Science Fiction Short Story Contest & is published here:

I have an interview (and “The New World,” a poem reprinted from The Heart’s Traffic up in the new issue of Verdad:

Two Kundiman haibun postcard poems, “Animals Inside Animals” and “New Tokyo Bar” up in Future Earth:

I just received my gorgeous copy of Fifth Wednesday Journal in the mail yesterday which has my poem, “Seven Fragments: a zuihitsu.”

I’m reading Wednesday & Friday night in LA this week:

Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 7pm
Red Hen Meets Blue Hen
Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock and Red Hen Press present

Readings by Red Hen Press Authors Terry Wolverton, Ching-In Chen, and Eloise Klein Healy

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

7:00 p.m.

Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock and Red Hen Press are proud to present readings by Southern California authors Terry Wolverton, Ching-In Chen, and Eloise Klein Healy. Delicious appetizers will be provided by Blue Hen Vietnamese Kitchen, an Eagle Rock restaurant specializing in Vietnamese cuisine created with organic and locally-grown ingredients.

Friday, May 8, 2009, 8pm

The Hollywood Institute of Poetics

Doug Knott
Secratary of Fifth Estate And Celestial Alignment

Alba Hacker
Richard Modiano
Pam Ward

Stories Books
open reading
5 opens max sign up at 7.30

Friday may 8@ 8pm
1716 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 413 3733

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, Water~Stone 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 Geisha 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.

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Alba Cruz-Hacker has lived and traveled throughout North and Central America as well as the Caribbean. A Pushcart Prize nominee, some of her recent works appear in “The Caribbean Writer,” “Canadian Woman Studies,” “The Pacific Review,” “The DMQ Review” “Epicenter Magazine” and “Miller’s Pond,” among others. She currently lives in Southern California.

Richard Modiano was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles, California suburb) of Jewish-Irish parents (and later nurtured by Japanese stepmother). One younger brother, a gay activist, now deceased, inspired his commitment to human rights. At the University of Hawaii, he became an anti-war activist and read poet Gary Snyder’s essay “Buddhism and Anarchism,” and then was turned on to Paul Goodman poet/novelist/psychotherapist/anarchist. Richard later joined New York City Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World while attending NYU (presently a member of the Socialist Party USA and the Buddhist Peace Fellowship but still is anarcho-syndicalist in outlook). The 1980s deepened Richard’s interest in Japanese aesthetics and learned Japanese language; he became the consultant-editor for Subterranean Press. In the early ’90s, he started translating from Japanese to English, and wrote more terse Japanese-influenced pieces. Translations and original works were published here and there in Blue Satellite , FTS , and Sun Flowers & Locomotives. Richard has written reviews and politics column for the The Independent Reviews Site and is presently a co-director of Poets on the Half Shell, as well as a member of the board of Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, in Venice, California. His day job is program manager for a small Korean educational institute.

Pam Ward is a writer and graphic designer. A UCLA graduate and recipient of a ‘California Arts Council Fellow in Literature’ and ‘New Letters Literary Award’ she has had her poetry published in “Scream When you Burn,” “Grand Passion,” “Calyx,” “Catch the Fire,” and the newly released, “Voices from Leimert Park.” Pam operates her own graphic design studio, “Ward Graphics” as well as runs her own publishing house, “Short Dress Press.” Her first novel, “Want Some, Get Some,” comes out on Kensington Books, February 2007. Pam has edited five anthologies including, “Picasso’s Mistress,” “What the Body Remembers,” and “The Supergirls Handbook: A Survival Guide.” She has had short stories printed in “The Best American Erotica, “Men We Cherish,” and “Gynomite.” As an artist-in-resident for the City of Los Angeles and the City of Manhattan Beach, Pam also served as a board member for Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Foundation and has worked for many community arts and social/health organizations, including Black Women for Wellness, Summit on Gang Violence and Art Center College of Design. Currently, Pam Ward is working on her third novel, “Between Good Men & No Man at All.”