Archive for April, 2016

Miami! Asian American Studies conference: Get Lit offsite reading + Asian American Poets Encounter the South

April 29, 2016

Dear lovelies,

I’ll be at the Association of Asian American Studies in Miami for these two events:

Get Lit in Miami!

Friday, April 29, 7-9p, The Cafe at Books and Books, Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

You are cordially invited to an Association of Asian American Studies Conference offsite literary reading (with happy hour!), co-curated by Kundiman, Kaya, and the Asian American Literary Review.

Readers include: Cathy Linh Che, Ed Lin, Naomi Hirahara, Lawrence Minh-Bui Davis, Timothy Yu & Ching-In Chen

Note: There are several locations for Books & Books. This reading is at the location within a five-minute walk from the AAAS conference site.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1617836258541811/

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Sunday, April 30, 1:15-2:45p, Concierto Ballroom C

AAAS panel: Self-Articulation and Solidarity: Asian American Poets Encounter the South

Panelists: Vidhu Aggarwal, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Ching-In Chen, Shamala Gallagher, Sarah Gambito

To live in the American South requires finding a way to understand oneself against a history of structural racial violence: to conceptualize oneself, implicitly or explicitly, in relation to the powerful black/white narrative of slavery, Jim Crow laws, and Civil Rights. Perhaps more than any other American region, the South is constituted in national and global cultural imaginaries by a story about race. In this story, Asian American subject positions are largely muted. To be an Asian American poet in the South, then, is to confront a master narrative in which one’s own subject position has no place; it is to insert oneself into this story as a rogue element, a destabilizing and complexifying force. Just as Asian Americans have been figured as outsiders in this country, the Asian American poetic utterance occurs at the margins of the Southern racial story, seeking to deepen and transform it from there.

In this formally hybrid panel—half poetry reading, half critical dialogue—the poets of Kundiman, an Asian American poetry collective, will speak to questions of what it could mean to be Asian American in the South. We will read poems that address Southern geographies—cultural, emotional, economic, ecological, visual—in order to offer visions toward a fuller and more nuanced understanding of Southern racial terrain. In this endeavor, we seek not to displace or downplay the intense realities of black Southern subjugation and liberation: instead, in claiming our presence in Southern space, we strive toward a self-articulation that is simultaneous with a multifaceted solidarity. Speaking from a multiplicity of Asian American subject positions, we will explore possibilities for connection with the heterogeneous communities of color living in the South—examining, for example, Asian American relationships to settler colonialism and indigenous rights as well as to questions of Latin American migration and border politics. In reaching across the critical/creative divide, this panel formally echoes the complicated and innovative work of boundary-crossing that Asian Americans must undertake in order to write ourselves into the Southern story.

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Split This Rock 2016: Hybrid Poetics + Arktoi Bears!

April 15, 2016

Where you’ll find me at this Split This Rock Poetry Festival this year!

Friday, April 15, 4-5:30pm, Hybrid Poetics: Igniting the Living Text
K. Bradford, Ching-In Chen, Angel Dominguez, Janice Sapigao
Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives Gallery – 1201 17th St NW, Washington DC

This panel will investigate and activate the cross-hatchings between hybrid bodies and hybridized poetic forms. The core question: how do our bodies, which are marked by multiplicity — mixed race, mixed class, gender variant, queer, polyamorous — call forward unique poetic forms? As poets of radical embodiment, what we do to the sentence, to forms of writing on the page — and how we test the borders of the page itself — are acts of aesthetic and cultural subversion. Our cultural and political hybridity, our refusal to occupy or assimilate to states of singularity, infuses and drives our textual inventiveness. We see the page as a living text that speaks from and to our cultural bodies and collective experiences. Our poetics preach our daily walk, as writers and as community-builders who trace our lineages forward and back across time. Exploring cultural embodiments of text such as choral structures, call & response, field notes, polyvocal assemblages, sonic scores, community ritual & more, the poets on this panel will 1) perform samplings of such work; 2) discuss these techniques/expressions and how they reflect and activate hybrid, halfbreed cultures and politics; 3) engage participants in exercises and community dialogue.

 

 

Saturday, April 16, 2-3:30p, Out Shout! Lesbian Poets Praise Arktoi Books
Elizabeth Bradfield, Ching-In Chen, Celeste Gainey, Rita Mae Reese, Verónica Reyes
Human Rights Campaign Room 105 AB – 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC

In 2006, feminist activist and queer poet, Eloise Klein Healy, established Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press, for the sole purpose of publishing literary works of high quality by lesbians. Arktoi’s mission is to give lesbian writers more access to “the conversation” that having a book in print affords. Over the past 10 years, Arktoi has published eight books, five of them full-length poetry collections by first-time lesbian authors. Empowered by Arktoi, these poets have all gone on to national attention and acclaim, their poetry and singular points of view a part of the provocative global conversation on gender, sexual identity, and queer culture. In celebration of Arktoi’s tenth anniversary, all five poets will read from their Arktoi collections as well as from work published more recently. As well, each poet will speak briefly about the ways in which publication by Arktoi has influenced and supported their choice of personal and artistic identity within the chaos of a burgeoning gender-fluid culture. This reading will be interactive, with time set aside for audience questions and open dialogue.

 

http://www.splitthisrock.org/programs/festival/2016-poetry-festival