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AWP: where you’ll find Ching-In (LitinColor, cream city review, VONA)

April 8, 2015

Dear friendlies attending AWP &/or in Minneapolis,Where I’ll be for the next few days:

Thursday, April 9:

11:15-11:30a Reading for #LitinColor brought to you by Tia Chucha Press, Writ Large Press and KAYA Press — and all about celebrating Writers of Color at Booth 1711 in the Bookfair, alongside many fabulous authors & editors!  Check out for the full schedule & more info: send a #LitinColor postcard to anyone you want with the name of your favorite Writer of Color, postage on us!

4:15-5p At the cream city review table at the Bookfair (126)!  Come get special subscription & issue deals & other fun goodies!

Friday, April 10:

9-10:15 At the cream city review table (126)!  Come get special subscription & issue deals & other fun goodies!

12-1:15 p cream city review Celebrates Returning the Gift Native American Writers.
Room M100 H&I, Mezzanine Level. (Kimberly Blaeser, Janet McAdams, Margaret Noodin, Laura Tohe, b: william bearhart)

In 1992, 500 years after Columbus, more than 300 Native American writers gathered at the first Returning the Gift Festival, bringing together more Native writers than at any other point in history. cream city review celebrated the legacy of this now annual gathering with a special issue entitled “Returning the Gift: Indigenous Futures.” Please join us for our Gathering of Words with a poetry and fiction reading from emerging and established Native American writers published in this issue.  We’ll have Returning the Gift issues at the panel & at the cream city review table (126)

7-9pm cream city review, with Devil’s Lake and Linebreak Off-site reading

612Brew – 945 Broadway St, NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Kimberly Blaeser, Lo Kwa Mei-En, Rickey Laurentis, Solmaz Sharif, Corey Van Landingham, Ocean Vuong

Saturday, April 11:

9-10:15am  At the cream city review table (126)!  Come get special subscription & issue deals & other fun goodies!

12-2pm At the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation Table #1107.  Come visit us to learn about this multi-genre writing workshop for writers of color!

2:45-4:15pm  At the cream city review table (126)!  Come get special subscription & issue deals & other fun goodies!

8pm Reading as part of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation/Generation One reading Saturday night, April 11 at The Loft (1011 Washington Ave, Minneapolis), 8pm with Elmaz Abinader, Faith Adele, Jennifer Derilo, Jeffrey Renard Allen, Grace Lee, M. Evelina Galang, Melissa Sipin, Minal Hajratwala, Tanuja Jagernauth, David Mura, Vanessa Martir, Achy Obejas & Charles Rice Gonzalez.

@ Kundiman w/Li-Young Lee

June 25, 2013

@ Kundiman w/Li-Young Lee

Imagining America in MN & 100 Thousand Poets for Change in MKE!

September 22, 2011

Imagining America in MN & 100 Thousand Poets for Change in MKE!


Landed in Minneapolis to attend the Imagining America conference as a PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) Fellow! Met folks yesterday engaged in arts/community/scholarship in academia. I’m interested in meeting more folks who are doing interesting community/scholarship & hearing about what are some good strategies & what can be left behind. Come to the PAGE panel @ 12:15-1:45pm University of Minnesota – Coffman Memorial Union 323.


PAGE Panel: Mentorship, Fellowship, and Collective Action

This panel presentation will highlight the regional and campus-based work of the PAGE Fellows, and address the need for mentorship, fellowship, and collective actions that support graduate education and community engagement nationally. Throughout the 2011-2012 academic year, the PAGE Fellows are working to create and participate in a series of workshops and webinars that aspire to bring Fellows into the research, programming, and larger mission of IA, specifically around a culture of peer mentorship and collaboration. Learn more about the PAGE program and work of the 2011 PAGE Fellows at Presenting at this session are the 2011 PAGE Fellows. Moderating the discussion are Adam Bush, National PAGE Director, doctoral candidate, University of Southern California; and A. Wendy Nastasi, Central New York PAGE Director, doctoral student, Syracuse University.



Also, please spread the word!



6:30pm-10pm! From Holton Street to Woodland Pattern!


All people are invited to join us for a Poetry Walk/Reading for Justice & Community Action this Saturday as part of a worldwide 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE community action event scheduled for September 24, 2011, which will include readings, demonstrations, and concerts happening simultaneously throughout the world in the name of poetry and change.


In Milwaukee, our goal is to showcase the diverse stories, voices and strategies of our communities in Milwaukee and to continue to build together and dream up the type of street, neighborhood, city, state and world that we want to live in.


Area poets and writers — organized locally by Ching-In Chen, Brenda Cardenas and Chuck Stebelton –will gather at 6:30pm at the south end of the Holton Street Viaduct Marsupial Bridge (stairs at Van Buren Avenue and Brady Street near Trocadero) and will begin marching at 7:00 p.m. first over the footbridge to the Joshua Glover Memorial Plaque at Booth and Glover Streets, then northeast through Kilbourn Park, north on Bremen St. to Locust St., and west on Locust St. with a stop at the Riverwest Public House (815 E. Locust) before finishing at Woodland Pattern Book Center (720 E. Locust). We will continue the celebration with more readings and the collective writing of a community renga at Woodland Pattern <>.



Participating poets include Phyllis Wax, Peter Blewett, Janet Jennerjohn, Dawn Tefft, Jennifer Morales, Ryan Hurley, Carmen Murguia, Dasha Kelly/Still Waters Collective, Eric Disambwa, Joanne Chang, Tom Hibbard, Lane Hall, Janine Arseneau, Carolyn Vargo, Keith Gaustad, Mark Zimmerman, Angie Trudell Vasquez, Margaret Rozga, Robin Christie, Suzanne Rosenblatt, Kimberly Blaeser, Harvey Taylor, Karl Gartung, Ed Werstein, Marilyn Taylor, Susan Firer, Mike Hauser, Roberto Harrison, Doctori Sadisco, ko shin/Bob Hanson, Nikki Wallschlaeger, Jeff Poniewaz & Antler!


Hope to see you there!







p.s. R. Erica Doyle @ Best American Poetry blog

August 22, 2011

p.s. off the collaborative path for another quick moment to say a thank you to a former teacher I hold dear, R. Erica Doyle, who ran the Tongues Afire Writing Workshop for queer women & non-gender-conforming writers of color at the Audre Lorde Project. 

Grateful & humbled to be connected to be connected to the constellation & included in the community she has invoked this week at the Best American Poetry blog.

p.s. off the collaborative path for a moment (Bitch blog + dessert at Millay)

August 20, 2011

dear friendlies,


off the collaborative writing path for a moment to report:


1) Revolution Starts at Home Bitch Q&A blog is up!

2) If you’re curious about life at the Millay Colony for Arts where I’m a resident this month, a glimpse into our working dessert night by fellow Millay resident Claire Donato.

hope you have a sweet day, wherever you are! 🙂


Poets Invoked During Tweeting — Read a new poet today!

April 24, 2011

Thank you for the dear friends, admired poets & poetic strangers who I encountered during my guest day as a tweeting poet!  It was fun to talk poetry & I collected a new and wide reading list.  Since I was asked to make it public, here it is!  I apologize if I overlooked anyone’s contribution and I hope this encourages you to get to your local, community-based independent bookstore and pick up some new poetry titles!

Happy reading!



Poets Invoked During Ching-In’s Day of Guest Tweeting by POETSorg Community


Addonizio, Kim ~ Adisa, Opal Palmer ~ Ai ~ Alexie, Sherman ~Angelou, Maya ~ Apollionaire, Guillaume ~ Ashbery, John (“Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror”) ~ Bambrick, Courtney ~ Barnstone, Aliki (Bright Body) ~ Baudelaire, Charles ~ Benka, Jen ~ Bertram, Lillian ~ Birkelback, Alan (Rogue Waves) ~ Boettcher, Beth ~ Boland, Eavan ~ Bonair-Agard, Roger (Gully) ~ Borzutsky, Daniel (Book of Interfering Bodies) ~ Bozicevic, Ana ~ Boully, Jenny ~ Bradstreet, Anne ~ Brautigan, Richard ~ Brock-Broido, Lucie ~ Brown, Kurt (“Road Trip”) ~ Broumas, Olga ~ Canon, Moya ~ Carroll, Lewis ~ Carson, Ciaran ~ Chatwin, Bruce (The Songlines) ~ Conrad, CA ~ Cortez, Jayne ~ Creeley, Robert ~ Crozier, Lorna ~ Cummings, E.E. ~ Diaz, Natalie (Apotheosis of a Kiss) ~ Dickey, Laressa ~ Dickinson, Emily ~ Dickinson, Stephanie ~ Dove, Rita ~ Dunlop, Rishma ~ Eiseley, Loren ~ Eliot, T.S. (“Love Song of J.Alfred Prufock,” The Waste Land) ~ Ellis, Thomas Sayers ~ Emanuel, James A. ~ Ehrlichman, Shira ~ Espada, Martin ~ Foreman, Aricka ~ Ghalib, Mirza ~ Gibran, Kahlil ~ Gibson, Andrea ~ Girmay, Aracelis (“Here”) ~ Goodison, Lorna ~ Gottlieb, Daphne ~ Harris, Duriel E (Drag) ~ Hasanzedah, Farideh ~ Hofer, Jen ~ Homer ~ Hong, Ee Tiang ~ Howe, Susan ~ Hudgins, Andrew (“Praying Drunk”) ~ Hughes, Langston ~ Hull, Lynda (“Night Waitress”) ~ Hunt, Erica ~ Huyser, Cindy ~ Jess, Tyehimba (Leadbelly) ~ Joron, Andrew ~ Kaufman, Bob ~ Kearney, Douglas ~ Keillor, Garrison ~ Kinnell, Galway (Book of Nightmares) ~ Komunyakaa, Yusef (“Anodyne”) ~ Kuipers, Keetije ~ Laskey, Dorothea ~ Laux, Dorianne ~ Limon, Ada ~ Lorca (the Poema del Canto Jondo) ~ Lorde, Audre ~ Mark, Jeff ~ Mattawa, Khaled ~ McDaniel, Jeffrey ~ McGuckian, Medbh ~ McMorris, Mark ~ Medina, Tony ~ Meehan, Paula ~ Milton (Paradise Lost) ~ Mir, Stan ~ Mordecai, Pamela ~ Morrissey, Sinead ~ Mullen, Harryette ~ Naca, Kristin (Bird Eating Bird) ~ Nandy, June ~ Nash, Ogden ~ Neruda, Pablo ~ Pai, Shin Yu ~ Parker, Dorothy ~ Patel, Soham ~ Pineda, Jon ~ Plath, Sylvia ~ Poe, Edgar Allan (“Eldorado,” “Annabel Lee”) ~ Pound, Ezra (“Hugh Selwyn Mauberley”) ~ Prévert, Jacques ~ Qfraz ~ Rankine, Claudia (Don’t Let Me Be Lonely) ~ Reddy, Srikanth (Voyager) ~ Rich, Adrienne (Tonight No Poetry Will Serve) ~ Romtvedt, David (“Twenty-Five Vultures” from Some Church) ~ Sanchez, Sonia ~ Sandburg, Carl ~ Sapphire ~ Schiesser, Shubh ~ Seuss, Dr. ~ Sexton, Anne (Transformations) ~ Shah, Bullet ~ Shange, Ntzoke ~ Shepherd, Reginald ~ Shockley, Evie (The New Black) ~ Shumate, David (The Floating Bridge) ~ Siken, Richard (Crush) ~ Silverstein, Shel (“Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout”) ~ Simic, Charles (The World Doesn’t End) ~ singleton, giovanni ~ Sirowitz, Hal ~ Smith, Patricia ~ Spahr, Julianna ~ Sridhar, Suguna ~ Swami, Sridala ~ Thibodeaux, Sunnylyn ~ Valentine, Jean ~ Vazirani, Reetika ~ Voorkarra, Sharmilla ~ Xu’ong, Tran Te (“The New Year’s Season and Its Poetasters”) ~ Walcott, Derek (“The Schooner Flight”) ~ Waldman, Anne ~ Waring, Belle ~ Wheelock ~ White, Orlando (Bone Light) ~ Whitman, Walt (“Song of Myself”) ~ Williams, Saul ~ Wilson, Ronald (Poems of the Black Object) ~ Wolfe, Gene ~ Wright, Charles (Sestets) ~ Wright, Jay ~ Wyatt, Sir Thomas ~ Young, Gary

Poets Invoked By Ching-In

Beyer, Tamiko ~ Bitsui, Sherwin ~ Cárdenas, Brenda ~ Cha, Theresa Hak Kyung ~ Gambito, Sarah ~ Hong, Cathy Park ~ Jordan, June ~ Larissa Lai & Rita Wong (Sybil Unrest) ~ Kim, Myung Mi ~ Myles, Eileen ~ Oliver, Akilah ~ Perez, Craig Santos

Decolonial Poetics*, Kundiman West Salon, Third Area & Writing the Desert – Call for Participants!

April 26, 2010

To all I’ve met this week –

Thank you for your lighted words.  Thank you for your ready ears.  Thank you for your gracious hellos.  Thank you for your smiling hands.

Hope to see you this week too!  (Also, looking for a few more community writers for the Writing the Desert project – deadline extended to this Wednesday, April 28 – info @ the bottom of this message!)

Where I’ll be this week:

Monday April 26, 2010: 3-5pm

Decolonial Poetics* Reading/Discussion

a reading & discussion on a collaborative decolonial poetics* project by Ching-In Chen & Tamiko Beyer (read by Ching-In Chen & Panida Lorlertratna)

INTN 4043 (Ethnic Studies Conference Room),

University of California at Riverside

Inspired by the examples of other queer women of color who were writing collectively, Ching-In Chen & Tamiko Beyer’s collaboration began as a response to participation in a panel organized by poet and scholar Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, entitled “Decolonial Poetics: Womanist, Indigenous, and Queer Poets of Color on the Art of Decolonization (also with ku’ualoha ho’omanawanui, Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano, Susan Deer Cloud, and Lisa Suhair Majaj) at the recent Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference last month in Denver.

We began by reading/thinking about the work of certain poetic ancestors, including Larissa Lai, Larissa Lai, Rita Wong, Cathy Park Hong, Eric Gamalinda, Haas Mroue, Judy Tzu-Chun Wu writing about the physician Margaret Chung, Kristin Naca, Pepón Osorio, Romel Joseph & June Jordan, writing two different poemstrands by exchanging work via e-mail and then using a collaborative revising process where we wove our words together. 

Sponsored by the Mellon Group on Decolonization Studies

* a phrase Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán has coined *

Wednesday April 28, 2010: 7-9pm

Kundiman West, Flying Fists Collective + Habi Arts

invite you to a

Kundiman Reading & Salon celebrating Asian American poetry!

Featuring Melissa Roxas, Nicky Schildkraut, Ngoc Luu, Jackson Bliss, Oliver de la Paz

+ a salon celebrating Asian American poetry (bring a poem by your favorite Asian American poet + your own to share!)
Emceed by Neil Aitken & Ching-In Chen.

Casa Princesa

4527 York Blvd

Los Angeles, CA

(323) 474-6860
$3 – 10 suggested donation — to benefit Kundiman (no one turned away for lack of funds).

Thursday April 29, 2010


Oliver de la Paz, Ching-In Chen, Neil Aitken and William Archila 



2525 Michigan Avenue

Santa Monica, CA  90404

310.828.0211 tel

Doors open 7:15 p.m. / Reading begins at 8 p.m.

$5 donation recommended.  Come early for nibbles and assorted beverages.

Frank Pictures Gallery


Writing the Desert – Call for Community Writers

workshop and reading

Workshop: Saturday, May 1st 12-5 pm

UCR California Museum of Photography

Reading: June 4th 7pm,

UCR Culver Center of the Arts

UCR Sweeney Art Gallery invites writers and poets to apply to participate in its Writing the Desert workshop. Writing the Desert will bring together people interested in exploring the unique landscapes, ecologies, communities and aesthetic possibilities of the desert, with a special attention to the desert regions of Southern California.

The first part will be a workshop between accepted applicants and members of the University of California-Riverside’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing for a one-day workshop collaboration. The workshop will take place on Saturday May 1st, from 12-5 pm. UCR MFA writers will lead discussions on topics related to writing about the idea of the desert in various contexts: Language, Visual Art, and Landscape and the re-assembly of identity, community and place; Landscape and place in poetry in the works of Eastern (Chinese and Japanese) and American poets that explore techniques of perspective and perception; constructing nonfiction pieces rooted in the landscape; and other topics.

The workshop will also allow for discussion about the presentation topics, and time for the participants to explore shared areas of interest in relation to the idea of the desert. Optional field trips to various desert sites may be planned at this time as well.

Workshop participants will read original work produced from the workshop at a limited engagement event to be held inside the new UCR Culver Center of the Arts on June 4th.

To apply, please submit the following to by April 28: 1. Contact information; 2. Writing sample (2-5 pages); Statement of intent explaining why you wish to be a part of the project (200 words). Applicants from the City of Riverside are highly encouraged, but applicants from Riverside County are also welcome.

Interviews & other media

April 12, 2009

Much much going on these days that I’m running to keep up with myself. Abundance is good! 🙂

Rigoberto González has interviewed me for the National Book Critics Circle blog:

I also participated (as a first-book author) in a conversation with Ely Shipley, just published on Boxcar Poetry Review:

Also, if you missed my LA Skylight Books reading with Ely, check it out here: http://www.Poetry.LA

Now back to work:-)

NYC! write renga with me or hang out at Bowery Poetry Club

March 28, 2009
Dear ones or new friends!
My last few days on the East coast & I’m wrapping up this edition of spring break to head back to a new quarter, new coast.  But before I head back, here are 2 more events I’ll be making an appearance at!  I hope to see you there & please don’t make me lug back the books I brought in my big green suitcase!
For those who don’t know what a renga is — it’s a collaborative Japanese poetic form.
Here are some quick & dirty links:
You can also come through Saturday & write some with us (see below):
Saturday, March 28, 2009, 7pm
122 Salon III

with Charon Morris & Marta Lucia Vargas
following the featured readers there will be a Renga Jam
Monica’s apartment – 122 W117th Street Apt 3, NY, NY
$5, RSVP to marshaheart at
Sunday, March 29, 2009, 6pm
Red Hen New York Reading Series

with Brendan Constantine, Delana R.A. Dameron, Hilda Raz and Mitchell Douglas
Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery (Between Houston and Bleecker)