Achiote Press & Kundiman West chapbook available online & Belladonna Advancing Feminist & Activism in NYC!

Dear fierce & fabulous ones!

Am excited to announce that Achiote Press’ newest chapbook, Here is a Pen: An Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets, which I helped to edit with Margaret Rhee and Debbie Yee, is now available for purchase online here:

Kundiman is a wonderful 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing a nurturing space for Asian American poets. Like many other arts organizations in these difficult times, Kundiman has suffered from budget cuts. To help, Achiote Press teamed up with three Kundiman poets to create a beautiful anthology featuring numerous Asian American writers.

Cost: $7 (shipping included). Proceeds will be donated to Kundiman. Supplies are limited so please order soon!

Writers in the anthology Include: Neil Aitken, Tamiko Beyer, Ching-In Chen, Marilyn Chin, Oliver de la Paz, Vanessa Huang, Janine Joseph, Joseph O. Legaspi, Ngoc Luu, Sally Wen Mao, Noel Pabillo Mariano, Soham Patel, Jai Arun Ravine, Margaret Rhee, Melissa Roxas, Brynn Saito, Sharon Suzuki-Martinez, Yael Villafranca, Andre Yang, and Debbie Yee

Please help spread the word!
I’ll also be in NYC with Kundiman poets Sarah Gambito, Cynthia Arrieu-King, Tamiko Beyer, Soham Patel & Margaret Rhee for a panel on Asian American Hybridity & Poetics at Belladona’s Advancing Feminist Poetics & Activism Conference. Our panel (Rm 4, Panel 10) is this Friday, September 25, 12:45-2:30pm at the CUNY Graduate Center @ 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th & 35th Streets).

Here’s the panel description:

This roundtable discussion by a group of emerging APIA women poets/critics/performers will open up discussion about how hybridities in current APIA poetry resist the notion of a homogenous feminist and APIA poetry and community. Speakers will address a range of contemporary formal and social concerns: mapping, the cyber avatar, queer, experimental and lyric poetry, “deterriorialized” writing, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s video poems, traditional Japanese zuihitsu. The goal is to provide a collaborative space in which to investigate the avant-garde poetic strategies of APIA women who write for social justice and against inequalities.

The conference is free & features some of my favorite writers like Cathy Park Hong, Rita Wong, Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Mendi Lewis Obadike, Evie Shockley, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge & many others. You can find the whole conference schedule & more info here:

Happy September!


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