Archive for March, 2012

Stand with Wisconsin Poetry Reading @ People’s Books Co-op tonight!

March 27, 2012
Stand With Wisconsin Poetry Reading
Tuesday, March 27th, 7pm
Join People’s Books Co-op for an evening of poet rallying cries and
Set to read are
Nick Demske – more info here:,
Ching-In Chen – more info here:,
Roberto Harrison – more info here:,
Dawn Tefft – check out her e-chapbook here:,
Organied by Tom Hibbard – check out Tom’s latest stuff here:



Persona Poetry anthology, LGBTQ in LA Review, Sententia, Rev @ Home in Edmonton & Split This Rock!

March 15, 2012

Lots of news & sunshine these days make me a busy, but satisfied poet.

At awp, was excited to pick up contributor copies of:

1) A Face to Meet the Faces: an Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, edited by Stacey Lynn Brown & Oliver de la Paz, which has my poem, “Chin’s Monologue in the Bucket,” a pre-decessor to the choreopoem, “2 Rumors in a Bucket,” co-written with Serena W. Lin. Excited to be in the good company of 200 other personas written by friends such as R.A. Villanueva, Randall Horton, Blas Falconer, Evie Shockley, Iris A. Law, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Kazim Ali, Maureen Alsop, Kristine Uyeda, L. Lamar Wilson, John Olivares Espinoza, Cynthia Arrieu-King, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Jericho Brown, Khadijah Queen, Cornelius Eady, Tamiko Beyer, Rigoberto González, Francisco Aragón, Matthew Shenoda, Vievee Francis, Barbara Jane Reyes, Nina Corwin, Jee Leong Koh, Rachelle Cruz, Derrick Harriell & Tara Betts.

2) Spring 2012 issue of The Los Angeles Review, with a LGBTQ Poets’ Roundtable that I participated in (with a little help from fellow Macondista John Pluecker) along with Angelo Nikolopoulos, D. Gilson and Tory Adkisson, curated by Tanya Chernov.

3) The All Women Writers Issue (What She Says) of Sententia: the Journal, where my poems, “Eleven Seeds” and “Confessional 5B: A Zuihitsu” found a home alongside work by folks such as Khadijah Queen and Metta Sama, curated by Amy King.

Upcoming readings, talks & workshops:

1) This week in Milwaukee, I’ll be reading as part of a faculty/student reading series my department organizes called United We Read at local independent bookstore, Boswell Books2559 N. Downer Ave, Milwaukee WI, Thursday, March 15, 7pm with Lane Hall, Joe Rein & Ann Stewart McBee

2) & over spring break, I’ll be headed to Canada for The Revolution Starts A Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Our Communities talk and workshop at the University of Alberta Monday, March 19 & Tuesday, March 20 nights (details below)

3) & then landing in Washington DC for the 2012 Split This Rock Poetry Festival. I’ll be reading as part of the Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion, & Spirituality Anthology Reading on Thursday, March 22, 4-5:30pm (organized by anthology editor Kevin Simmonds) as well as Intersecting Lineages: a Solidarity Showcase of African American and Asian American poets on Saturday, March 24, 9:30am-11am (details below)

*** The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Talk & Workshop!


When: Monday, March 19th @ 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: Telus Building room 217-219, University of Alberta

The extent of the violence affecting our communities is staggering. Nearly one in three women will experience intimate violence in her lifetime. And while intimate violence affects relationships across the sexuality and gender spectrums, the likelihood of isolation and irreparable harm, including death, is even greater within LGBTQI communities. To effectively resist violence out there-in the prison system, on militarized borders, or during other clear encounters with “the system”-we must challenge how it is reproduced right where we live. It’s one thing when the perpetrator is the police, the state, or someone we don’t know. It’s quite another when that person is someone we call friend, lover, mentor, trusted ally.

Join co-editors, Ching-In Chen, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha for a presentation and discussion about potentially life-saving alternatives for creating survivor safety while building a movement where no one is left behind.


*Please contact Denise at or (780) 492-0614 to register!

When: Tuesday, March 20th @6:30pm

Where: TBA

Curious about how to create ways of dealing with perpetrators of violence that center survivor needs, but don’t rely on the cops, prisons and courts? What about holding ourselves responsible for maintaining the conditions that allow violence to occur? Especially curious about how to do this without burning out? In this introductory, interactive and participatory workshop, we’ll explore different ways communities are experimenting with transformative justice principles to create safety and address harm. Drawing on the smarts of feminists of colour and Indigenous feminists and the experience of people in the room, we’ll share stories, strategies and roadmaps to creating safer communities, and in particular will focus on common challenges to creating successful interventions. This workshop is suitable for all people–no experience necessary. It will be a participatory space where we share the stories and knowledge we already have, grounded in bodies and emotions as well as history and analysis. The purpose is learning and healing together as a tool for building more liberatory, fierce and free communities and movements for justice in the world.

REGISTRATION: PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS WORKSHOP. We want to acknowledge that the analysis, experience and leadership of Community Accountability strategies comes primarily from Indigenous women, women of colour and gender non conforming people, and communities that experience violence disproportionately, especially from the state. We feel it’s important to prioritize access to this workshop to these communities, and others most affected by violence, including sex workers, poor folks, people of colour, Indigenous people, Black people, trans women and folks living with disabilities.

*Please contact Denise at or (780) 492-0614 to register!

ACCESS IS LOVE: The workshop space and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. We’re reserving seats for folks who need to sit due to disability and chronic illness/pain. We are prioritizing making space for chair users to be present comfortably and with room. Fragrance free is hella love! So that beloved community members including the facilitators can be present without throwing up or having to leave, please come to this event fragrance free! This means no cologne, perfume, essential oil and also switching to unscented products. We know folks have a learning curve around this, but if you can ditch the scented (yup, even with ‘natural’ scents) detergent and fabric softener, it’ll go a long way. Awesome scent-free list here:

About Ching-In: Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press) and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press). She is a Kundiman and Lambda Fellow, part of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities, and has been a participant in the Theatrical Jazz Institute. She has worked in the San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside and Boston Asian American communities. Ching-In currently lives in Milwaukee and is involved in union organizing and direct action.

About Leah: Pushcart Prize nominee Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled Sri Lankan writer, teacher and cultural worker. The author of Consensual Genocide and Love Cake and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities (South End, 2011), her work has appeared in the anthologies Persistence: Still Butch and Femme, Yes Means Yes, Visible: A Femmethology, Homelands, Colonize This, We Don’t Need Another Wave, Bitchfest, Without a Net, Dangerous Families, Brazen Femme, Femme and A Girl’s Guide to Taking Over The World. She co-founded Mangos With Chili, the national queer and trans people of color performance organization, is a lead artist with Sins Invalid and teaches with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People. In 2010 she was named one of the Feminist Press’ “40 Feminists Under 40 Who Are Shaping the Future.” Her one woman show, Grown Woman Show, has toured nationally, including performances at the National Queer Arts Festival, Swarthmore College, Yale University, Reed College and McGill University. She has taught, performed and lectured across the country, including appearances at Columbia, Oberlin, Texas A&M, Sarah Lawrence, Swarthmore, UC Berkeley, USC, and the University of Toronto. She co-founded Toronto’s Asian Arts Freedom School. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, focusing on creative nonfiction and community-based teaching by writers of color.

* There will be volunteers trained in survivor support present for anyone who needs it during these events.

For you!! A free PDF of the ZINE!:

And the RSAH Tumblr:

If you would like your resources to be made available, please contact Denise.

Proudly brought to you by: APIRG Edmonton rebELLEs Invaluable community members!


2012 Split This Rock Poetry Festival

These are Split This Rock Poetry Festival events. You must be registered to attend.

Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion, & Spirituality Anthology Reading

Thursday, March 22, 4-5:30pm

Kazim Ali, Ching-In Chen, Blas Falconer, Gregg Shapiro, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Joseph Ross, Kevin Simmonds, Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, and Daniel Nathan Terry

True Reformer, Auditorium, 1200 U Street NW, Washington, DC

Collective Brightness is the first-ever LGBTIQ poetry anthology that exclusively features contemporary poets—more than 100 of them from all over the world—as they consider faith, religion, and spirituality from widely varied perspectives including Christianity, witchcraft, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Two Spirit, Agnosticism, Apophasis and Yoruba among others. Together, th poets assembled for the Split This Rock reading—poets from all over America and from various racial, ethnic and religious communities—will read a wide array of these poems.

Intersecting Lineages: a Solidarity Showcase of African American and Asian American Poets, Saturday, March 24th, 9:30 – 11 am

Featuring: Kazim Ali, Ching-In Chen, Rio Cortez, Rachelle Cruz, Monica A. Hand, Alan King, Natasha Marin, Soham Patel, Kevin Simmonds True Reformer Building, Auditorium, 1200 U Street NW, Washington, DC,

Inspired by the collaboration and mentorship between Cave Canem (an organization which promotes African American poetry) and Kundiman (an organization which promotes Asian American poetry), this reading features poets hailing from these communities which will showcase the history of solidarity amongst diverse communities.

Kazim Ali, Ching-In Chen, Rio Cortez, Rachelle Cruz, Monica A. Hand, Alan King, Natasha Marin, Soham Patel, and Kevin Simmonds will begin by reading work by ancestor poets who are considered outside of their self-identified community/-ities. Following this, they will share their own work which highlights this kind of productive hybrid fertilization, including inspiration taken from various literary and other creative arts forms such as the zuihitsu, neo-benshi and the theatrical jazz aesthetic. This reading highlights the cultivation and growth which arises from the exchange between African American and Asian American poets.