Archive for May, 2015

Windy Hill Release Party @ University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Library!

May 4, 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015: Reading at the Windy Hill Release Party, noon at UW-Waukesha Library! Also, excited to share/chat about some of the work forthcoming in Cream City Review‘s genrequeer folio with an Intro to LGBTQA Studies class I’m visiting.


The 37th annual Windy Hill Review is going to the printers! The official release party will be noon on May 4th in the UW-Waukesha library!

The event will be co-sponsored by the Pride Alliance, and there will be a reading by the fantastic poet Ching-In Chen, some light refreshments, and copies of the magazine will be available. Students and community members are welcome!

~ * ~ About the Speaker ~ * ~

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi/Red Hen Press, 2009) and a genderqueer and multi-genre writer. Born of Chinese immigrants, they are a Kundiman, Lambda and Callaloo Fellow and a member of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundations writing communities. A community organizer, they have worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside and Boston, as well as helped organize the third national Asian Pacific American Spoken Word and Poetry Summit in Boston. Chen is also the co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press, 2011) and Here Is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets (Achiote Press, 2009).

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. Their work has been published in anthologies and journals including Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, A Face to Meet the Faces: an Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, Quarterly West, Court Green, Indiana Review, Diagram, Iron Horse Literary Review, and BorderSenses. They have won an Oscar Wilde honorable mention for “Two River Girls,” a poem from The Heart’s Traffic.

Their poem-play “The Geisha Author Interviews,” also from The Heart’s Traffic was nominated for a John Cauble Short Play Award. Chen has also been awarded residencies and fellowships from Soul Mountain Retreat, Vermont Studio Center, the Fine Arts Work Center, the Paden Institute, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Millay Colony for the Arts, the Norman Mailer Center, Ragdale Foundation and Can Serrat.

A graduate of Tufts University, Chen earned an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside and is currently completing a PhD program at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

MA Poetry Festival, Can Serrat, Image Text Ithaca, Woodland Pattern blog, Poets & Shoes, Essay Daily, Queer Mentors, Original Plumbing, Conversant

May 2, 2015

Lots of news to catch up on!

The biggest for me is that I’m finishing up my PhD program at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee this May and saying goodbye to my Milwaukee community shortly and my time as editor of cream city review. A big thank you is in order for my committee members, my wonderful chair, Brenda Cárdenas and the rest of my committee members, Dr. Sukanya Banerjee, Dr. Cary Costello , Dr. Mauricio Kilwein Guevara, and Dr. Kumkum Sangari.

Where you can find me:

1) The Poetics of Construction at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival

Saturday, May 2nd, 12:15pm – 1:15pm

Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970

As contemporary life fragments around us, poetry becomes radical site of construction. Word by word, poets construct new realities from the material of language and thought. For poets of color, queer poets, working class poets, this work is not only radical, it is lifesaving.

We present Asian American poets engaging a range of poetics an evoking a wide scope of concerns. Taking as a starting point the Peabody Essex Museum’s collections, we will delve into what we construct and how—from the history of New England’s involvement with the Asia trade and the construction of the idea of “Asia,” to an ecopoetics that questions the construction of the “natural” in relationship to race and technology, to meditations on the construction of interpersonal relationships and the body. We ask what it means to perform the act of construction today and how we deconstruct toward creating new, more useful constructions.

Featured panelists include Cathy Linh Che, Chen Chen, Ching-In Chen, Sally Wen Mao, Annie Won, and Tamiko Beyer. Sponsored by Kundiman. 

2) Can Serrat in June 2015:  I’ve been awarded a full stipend residency at Can Serrat in El Bruc, 40 minutes outside of Barcelona and excited to be there in June!

3) Image Text Ithaca Workshop and Symposium at Ithaca College, July 5-10, 2015

The Symposium is open to the public: We are excited to announce the final roster for our July 9-10, 2015 Image Text Ithaca Symposium at Ithaca College. We’re looking forward to an energetic, intimate and unorthodox symposium – two days of serious fun – and we hope you will be able to join us! There are opportunities to attend this year’s Symposium, register for the undergraduate Practicum, or take a 1-credit Internship with us this summer. 

The ITI Symposium will explore creative, publishing and curatorial work by an international roster of artists.  Organized around a series of presentation, readings, and conversations, the Symposium features established and emerging practitioners working at the intersection of writing and photography, both individually and through collaborative practice. Presentations will be made by this year’s senior and junior fellows: Lucas Blalock, Bruno Ceschel, Charlotte Cotton, Christine Hume, John Keene, Claudia Rankine, Ben Alper, Daniel Augschoell & Anya Yasbar, Andre Bradley, Ching-In Chen, Tonya Foster, Jen Hyde, Suzanna Zak; and by special seminar presenters, including: Maria Damon, Jason Fulford, Tamara Shopsin, Matvei Yankelevich, Federica Chiocchetti.

Opening event: Thursday, July 9, 4:30p

Symposium Presentations: Friday, July 10, 9a-5p

Closing event: Friday, July 10, 7pm


Where you can find my work recently:

4) Thanks to Ngoho Reavey and Michael Wendt for featuring some of my poems (and Wisconsin poets) on the Woodland Pattern blog.

5) Thanks Aimee Nezhukumatathil for curating this fun Poets & Shoes Tumblr for poetry month! You can check out what poets like Lee Ann Roripaugh, Jenny Johnson, Dilruba Ahmed, January Gill O’Neil, Ifrancine Ij Iharris, Rigoberto González, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Ross Gay & R.A. Villaneuva are reading & wearing. Here’s mine.

6) Thank you to T Clutch Fleischmann for interviewing me about queer essay lineages & the zuihitsu as part of a Queer interview series on Essay Daily.

7) Letters to Our Mamis y Papis: Love for Queer Mentors: Thank you Loma for making space to celebrate each other & queer mentors! Beautiful to see Eduardo C. Corral, Griselda Suarez, William Johnson, Ocean Vuong, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Norma Elia Cantu, Phillip B Williams, Kazim Ali, L. Lamar WIlson, Fatimah Asghar, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Danez Smith, Arisa White, CA Conrad & more invoking & invoked on The Best American Poetry blog!  & thank you to Madeleine Lim & Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project for the brilliant community work you do!

8) Thank you to Amoc Mac for including me in The Lit Issue of Original Plumbing, alongside Kit Yan, Cooper Lee B, TC Tolbert, Eli Clare, Samuel Ace, Emerson Whitney & many more!


9) If you haven’t checked out our recent issues of The Conversant, here is our most recent content. We’ll be going on summer hiatus and will be back up in August with new content!

April’s issue of The Conversant features: Woodland Pattern: Freesia McKee with Danez Smith; Caleb Beckwith with Christopher Vandegrift; Megan Milks with Gina Abelkop; Krystal Languell with Rachel Levitsky; Sharmila Lisa Cohen with Joshua Daniel Edwin; Ivy Johnson with Emji Saint Spero & Joel Gregory of Timeless, Infinite Light; ManifeStation Goes to Iceland: Anaïs Duplan; Mathew Timmons & Ben White’s The People: Episodes 20, 21, 23 (with Ariel Evans, Carol Cheh, Nicolas Shake, Sarah Williams, Stacey Allen & Tommy Dodge); Jane Satterfield with Adrianne Kalfopoulou!

May’s issue of The Conversant is live, featuring Virginia Grise with Sharon Bridgforth on River See & Theatrical Jazz; “How the Whole World Crashes Into Silence”: Open House’s Cosmo Spinosa Housten Donham Interviews Joseph Massey; Black Rhythm & Chhoti Maa on Hip Hop from Puerto Rico to Califaztlan; Mathew Timmons Ben White‘s The People: Episode 24 with John Zane Zappas & Lindsay Preston Zappas; Mg Roberts Timothy Yu on Nests and Strangers & the Asian American Avant-Garde; Andrea Rexilius & Anne Waldman with Margaret Randall (a tease for a new Essay Press chapbook). We’ll be going on a summer hiatus & be back in August with fresh content!