Archive for March, 2013

Featuring at RHINO Reads! 3-29-13 Open Mic with Elizabeth Joy Levinson in Evanston, IL

March 29, 2013

RHINO Reads! 3-29-13 Open Mic & Featured Poets Ching-In Chen and Elizabeth Joy Levinson

Open Mike        6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Featured Poets        6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K – 500 Main St., Evanston, IL


Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities.  A Kundiman and Lambda Fellow, Ching-In is part of Macondo, VONA and Theatrical Jazz writing communities. They have worked in San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside, and Boston’s Asian American communities. They currently serves as cream city review‘s editor-in-chief.

Elizabeth Joy Levinson lives, teaches, and writes on the west side of Chicago.  Her work has appeared in several journals, including Grey SparrowHobble Creek ReviewUp the Staircase, and Apple Valley Review.  Her chapbook, As Wild Animals, is available through Dancing Girl Press.  She has an MFA in Poetry from Pacific University in Oregon.

Ching-In’s AWP 2013 Schedule

March 5, 2013

Dear friendlies,

Just arrived in Boston for the Associated Writers & Writing Programs conference @ the Hynes Convention Center & Sheraton Boston this Thursday (March 7-9 2013) until Saturday (March 9, 2013).

Below is the schedule where I’ll be over the week!

Also, you can also find my poem mash-up online in response to 2 Vietnamese children’s paintings (as part of the SpeakPeace exhibit organized by Janet Carr), newly published this week in Lantern Review‘s Hybridity issue, along with work by lovelies Sally Mao, Esther Lee, Karen An-hwei Lee & more!



MARCH 6, 2013 (Wednesday)

7:30-9pm, Flicker and Spark International Queer Anthology Offsite Reading, Boston Alliance of LGBT Youth (BAGLEY) @ the Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116, for more info or questions

MARCH 7, 2013 (Thursday)

1:30-2:45pm, Flicker and Spark International Queer Anthology Book Signing (part of AWP conference), Split This Rock Table @ AWP Book Fair, for more info or questions

8:30-11:30pm, Intersecting Lineages Offsite Reading: Poets of Color on Cross-Community Collaboration, Make Shift Boston, 549 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118,

Featuring Indigenous, African American, Arab American, Asian American and Latina/o poets engaging in creative exchange and solidarity across racial and ethnic communities. The purpose of this event is to showcase and strengthen ongoing work between these communities, including efforts by community organizations dedicated to nurturing emerging writers from these communities such as Cave Canem, Kundiman, Canto Mundo, and RAWI and Institute of American Indian Arts.

Readers include Elmaz Abinader, Kazim Ali, Kaveh Bassiri, Bryan Bearhart, Tamiko Beyer, R. Erica Doyle, Carolina Ebeid, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Tarfia Faizullah, Santee Frazier, Alison Adelle Hedge Coke, Joan Kane, Doug Kearney, Bojan Louis, Juan Luis Guzman, Farid Matuk, Philip Metres, Sham E-Ali Nayeem, Marilyn Nelson, Deborah Paredez, Soham Patel, Khadijah Queen, Luivette Resto, Afaa Michael Weaver, Andre Yang. MCs: Sherwin Bitsui, Celeste Guzman Mendoza, Hayan Charara, Ching-In Chen, and Kevin Simmonds.

Please join us in ensuring accessibility for beloved members with chemical sensitivity and chronic illness by not bringing fragrances or scents on your clothes, hair, or skin from colognes and perfumes, scented laundry detergent, hair and body products, “natural” products, and essential oils. You can prepare in advance by not using products with fragrance, or by using fragrance free, non-toxic products.

We will be passing the hat to contribute to Make Shift Boston for the use of the space, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

For more info,

MARCH 8, 2013 (Friday)

10:30-11:45am, Intersecting Lineages: Poets of Color on Cross-Community Collaboration Panel (part of AWP conference), Hynes Convention Center, Rm 209, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Inspired by collaboration between organizations mentoring poets of color (Cave Canem, Kundiman and Canto Mundo), poets from indigenous, African American, Arab American, Asian American and Latina/o communities will discuss creative exchange and solidarity amongst writers of color and their communities on this panel. There has been much focus on the exclusion of writers of color, but less attention paid to work happening organically across creative communities of color to collaboratively build the imaginative capacities of their communities. This event highlights the generative possibilities of creative exchanges amongst writers of color. SherwinBitsui, Celeste Guzman Mendoza, Hayan Charara, Ching-In Chen, andKevin 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 fertilizationand share their experiences to foster a conversation on how to continue this work.

For more info,

6:30-9:30pm, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics Offsite Marathon Reading, Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02116

Readers Include: Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran, Ariel Goldberg, Ching-In Chen, Cole Krawitz, Dawn Lundy Martin, EC Crandall, Eileen Myles, Eli Clare, Ely Shiply, Emerson Whitney, HR Hegnauer, Jaime Shearn Coan, Jen (Jay) Besemer, Jenny Johnson, Joy Ladin, Lilith Latini, Max Wolf Valerio, Oliver Bendorf, Samuel Ace, Stacey Waite, Stephen Burt, TC Tolbert, Tim Trace Peterson, Trish Salah, Y. Madrone, Yosmay del Mazo, Zoe Tuck

Sponsored by MTPC (Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition)

For more info,

MARCH 9, 2013 (Saturday)

6:30-8:30pm, Writers Reading from Their Work: Authors from the VONA & Las Dos Brujas Writing Communities, Make Shift Boston, 549 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118.

To promote the forthcoming VONA anthology, Dismantle; Cynthia Oka’s recent book release, Nomad of Salt and Hard Water;and celebrate community, please join us for…

Writers Reading Their Work: Authors from the VONA/Voices and Las Dos Brujas Writing Communities Share Their Writing

short readings from: Cynthia Oka, Minal Hajratwala, Andrea Walls, Camille Acker, Torrie Valentine, Jenn De Leon, Ching-In Chen, Anna Alves, Vanessa Martir, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Seve Torres, Tanya Perez-Brennan, Gail Dottin, Dionne Irving Bremyer, Buki Papillon, Alejandro Nodarse, Odilia Galvan Rodriquez, Melissa Rae Sipin-Gabon

$2-4 suggested donation for the space, no one turned away for lack of funds, snacks and wine provided, Sponsored by Thread Makes Blanket and Dinah Press

For more info,



Heading to AWP? Come visit cream city review at our table, @ AWP Book Fair, M17

We’ll have our current issue, broadsides, and back issue bundles for sale, not to mention free swag. Glorious free swag!

We’re offering three distinct bundles of back issues, each centered around a particular theme and lovingly collected by your humble editors.

The QUEER bundle contains three issues featuring the work of Richard Blanco, Ursula K. Le Guin, Audre Lorde, D.A. Powell, Antler and many others.

The NATIVE/WRITERS OF COLOR bundle is also three issues, featuring Alison Adelle Hedge Coke, Joy Harjo, Arthur Boozhoo, Frank X. Walker, Tiphanie Yanique and others.

The GREAT LAKES region bundle is three issues and offers work by B.J. Best, James Liddy, Thylias Moss, Tony Trigilio, Kathleen Rooney and more.

But that’s not all! We’re also selling broadsides from the good folks at Woodland Pattern: poems by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Sherwin Bitsui, and Frank X. Walker are all available and awaiting a spot in your luggage.

In addition to these excellent deals, we’re also hosting a twitter contest during the conference. We’re looking for your finest poem, flash, or microessay, rendered in 140 characters or less. First place receives a free year subscription to cream city review. All subsequent places receive our admiration and affection. Stop by our table for more details.

See you in Boston!
Your friends at cream city review