Archive for May, 2017

Kundiman Asian American Specularity reading & discussion panel this weekend @ WisCon in Madison!

May 27, 2017

Excited to attend my 1st WisCon with Kundiman friends!

Reading today/Saturday 4-5:15p as part of the Kundiman Asian American Specularity: Robots Speak Back! reading @ WisCon 41 in Conference Rm 4 @ Madison Concourse with Vidhu Aggarwal, Margaret Rhee & Timothy Yu!

On Sunday, we will participate in the Reframing Techno-orientalisms: Asian Diasporic Speculative Literatures and Media discussion panel in Conference 3 @ Madison Concourse. In this discussion panel, scholars and writers of speculative literature will rethink techno-orientalist configurations of Asian diasporic subjects in film, writing, and media. Even as Asian bodies have been depicted as robotic, mechanical, and reflective of futuristic anxieties, Asian diasporic scholars and writers have continued to rework machine tropes in poetry, film, and other genres. In U.S. science fiction film and fiction (Blade Runner, Neuromancer, Snow Crash), the foreignness of Asia is aligned with exotic technological innovation. In relation to such persistent tropes in contemporary science fiction film and literature, Asian writers and artists in the diaspora discuss various cross-cultural interventions via alternative futurisms, recombinant texts, and speculative media projects in their writing, scholarship, and teaching. Margaret Rhee will discuss the representations of Asian American woman and labor in the films Ex-Machina and Blade Runner. Ching-In Chen will discuss Asian diasporic speculative re-writings in the work of Larissa Lai and Cathy Park Hong. Vidhu Aggarwal, Noel Mariano and others will discuss “Asian American” as a cyborg/speculative assemblage identity.

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Houston Brazos Bookstore Reading with Kimberly Alidio & John Pluecker, 7p, May 19!

May 19, 2017

Ching-In Chen’s ‘recombinant,’ Kimberly Alidio’s ‘after projects, the resound’ & John Pluecker’s ‘Ford Over’

Join us in celebrating the launch of Ching-In Chen’s new poetry collection, *recombinant* from Kelsey Street Press, alongside Kimberly Alidio’s *After projects the resound* from Black Radish and John Pluecker’s *Ford Over* from Noemi Press and a translation of Sara Uribe’s *Antígona González* from Les Figues Press.

KIMBERLY ALIDIO wrote *After projects the resound* (Black Radish, 2016) and *solitude being alien* (dancing girl press, 2013). She is the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Center for Art and Thought and a poetry fellow of Kundiman and VONA. She received fellowships from Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program and the University of Illinois’s Asian American Studies Program, as well as a doctorate in modern American history from the University of Michigan. A tenure-track dropout and high-school teacher, she hails from Baltimore and lives in East Austin, Texas.

CHING-IN CHEN is the author of *The Heart’s Traffic* (Arktoi Books) and *recombinant*(Kelsey Street Press) and co-editor of *The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities* (South End Press; AK Press) and *Here is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets* (Achiote Press). A Kundiman, Lambda, Watering Hole and Callaloo Fellow, they are part of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities. A senior editor of *The Conversant,* they serve on the Executive Board of Thinking Its Presence: Race, Advocacy, and Solidarity in the Arts. They are an Assistant Professor in Poetry at Sam Houston State University and poetry editor of the *Texas Review.* www.chinginchen.com

JOHN PLUECKER is a writer, translator, interpreter, artist. He frequently collaborates with others, especially with artists, organizations and communities; one example is the language justice and literary experimentation collaborative Antena he co-founded with Jen Hofer in 2010. He has translated numerous books from the Spanish, including *Antígona González* (Les Figues Press, 2016) and *Tijuana Dreaming: Life and Art at the Global Border* (Duke University Press, 2012). His book of poetry and image, *Ford Over,* was released in 2016 from Noemi Press. He is a member of the Macondo Writing Workshop.

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