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

Dear friends!

Here’s some news —

My first speculative fiction recently won the 2009 Eaton Science Fiction Short Story Contest & is published here: http://eatonconference.ucr.edu/sssc.php

I have an interview (and “The New World,” a poem reprinted from The Heart’s Traffic up in the new issue of Verdad: http://verdadmagazine.org/vol6/interview.html

Two Kundiman haibun postcard poems, “Animals Inside Animals” and “New Tokyo Bar” up in Future Earth: http://www.futureearthstudios.com/

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.”


2 Responses to “1st speculative fiction, new work up & readings in LA this week!”

  1. arnoldo garcia Says:

    Hi. Isn’t all fiction speculative? I hope it’s not like speculative capital and investments that killed homeowners and make wars profitable!

    • chinginchen Says:

      A good point! I agree, artistic boundaries & categories are blurry & perhaps not always helpful?

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