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UC Riverside’s Writers Week reading + Feb issue of The Conversant (I interview Gregory Pardlo about Digest)

February 3, 2015

This week, I’m leaving snowy Milwaukee to return to UC Riverside for the 28th annual Writers Week as the alumni reader. I’ll be reading 10406704_1025308504151333_6838358957773050954_nWed, Feb. 4, 1:30pm in the UCR Bookstore Lounge.  Thanks to Tom Lutz, Writers Week director!  

Here’s the full Writers’ Week schedule here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1552679325000052/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Also, February’s issue of The Conversant is live.  I was very happy that Gregory Pardlo took some time out to chat with me about Digest.  The issue also features ManifeStation: Anaïs Duplan & Kione Kochi, Caleb Beckwith w/Tom ComittaDanielle Susi w/Leigh Stein, Stephanie Anderson w/Jaime Robles, Zach Savich w/Andy Stallings, Amy Lawless w/Tyler Brewington & Kelly Schirmann, Ivy Johnson w/Robert Grenier, Jeff Alessandrelli w/Trey Moody & Joy Katz w/Sarah Vap.  Happy reading!

Woodland Pattern’s Shift: Guest Curators from the LGBTQ Community featuring Trish Salah & Oliver Bendorf

January 16, 2015

Woodland Pattern Book Center is happy to present Shift: Guest Curators from the LGBTQ Community, a series of readings, performances, and exhibitions curated by local LGBTQ artists and focused on sex and gender diversity in the contemporary arts.

Saturday, January 17, 7:00pm, Woodland Pattern – 720 E Locust St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212

Our first program, curated by Ching-In Chen, will feature readings by Trish Salah & Oliver Bendorf.

Here’s a sample of their work:

“Presents I might give you:
blood urgent with hunger, measured

be longing, the comfort and cut
of teeth, these two bodies (male, female),

graciousness with other lovers, fresh bread,
argument hot with Arak, stories, resilient regard.”
– from Trish Salah’s “Wanting in Arabic.”

“Call me tumblefish, rip-roar, pocket of light, haberdash and milkman, velveteen and silverbreath, your bitch, your little brother, Ponderosa pine, almanac and crabshack and dandelion weed.” – from Oliver Bendorf’s “Split It Open Just to Count the Pieces,” published in //The Spectral Wilderness//, winner of the 2013 Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize.

Bios: Trish Salah is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Her current research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Insight Grant, investigates the emergence of Transgender and Transsexual Minority Literatures. In 2014 she co-organized and hosted, Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism, a 3-day conference on Trans and Two Spirit Literatures and co-edited the fourth issue of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, focused on Trans Cultural Production. She is the author of the Lambda award winning poetry book, Wanting In Arabic (TSAR 2002, 2nd edition 2013) and of Lyric Sexology: Volume I (Roof Books 2014). Currently she is working on a book of essays on trans literatures, and a novel.

Facebook link to invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/644023199074929/?pnref=story

Oliver Bendorf is a teaching artist and writer. His book of poems, The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State UP), won the 2013 Wick Poetry Prize. His poetry, comics, and essays can be found in Alaska Quarterly Review, Best New Poets, Buzzfeed, Indiana Review, Original Plumbing, The Rumpus, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and elsewhere, and he has received fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where he teaches, reads about, and makes animation, poetry, color, comics, gender, ghosts, and zines.

Ching-In Chen is author of The Heart’s Traffic and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities. A Kundiman, Lambda and Callaloo Fellow, they are part of Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities, and was a participant in Sharon Bridgforth’s Theatrical Jazz Institute. They have been awarded fellowships and residencies from Soul Mountain Retreat, Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Millay Colony, and the Norman Mailer Center. In Milwaukee, they are cream city review‘s editor-in-chief, senior editor of The Conversant, and serve on the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission. www.chinginchen.com

Many thanks to our community co-sponsors at FORGE! & Genderqueer Milwaukee!
$8 General / $7 Students & Seniors / $6 WPBC Members; $25 for a series pass

Future SHIFT series events: Guest curator Freesia McKee will present poet Danez Smith – Saturday, February 28th at 7 pm. Guest curator Josie Osborne will present David Trinidad & Marilyn Annucci – Saturday, April 25, 7pm. Guest curator Carl Bogner will present a program with dates and times to be decided. For series updates, please visit us at woodlandpattern.org. This reading was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Our Favorite APIA Writing at Hyphen!

January 7, 2015

Thanks to Hyphen magazine editor Karissa Chen for asking Tina Bartolome, Matthew Olzmann, myself, Kirstin Chen, Michelle Peñaloza, Cathy Linh Che, Chang-Rae Lee, Eugenia Leigh, Ed Lin,Janine Joseph, Kimarlee Nguyen, Celeste Ng & Denis Wong for our favorite APIA writing. Glad I got to recommend the work of Mg Roberts & Monica Ong Reed & to see Joseph O. Legaspi, Sejal Shah,Vanessa Hua, Todd Kaneko, Cathy Hong, Chiwan Choi, Nicholas Wong & more on this list! Happy APIA reading!

Check out the list here:

Our Featured APIA Poets and Writers Recommend Their Favorite APIA Writing

local ground(s) Midwest Poetics anthology

November 19, 2014
local ground(s) Midwest Poetics, edited by Sarah Busse & Wendy Vardaman

local ground(s) Midwest Poetics, edited by Sarah Busse & Wendy Vardaman

Thanks to Sarah Busse & Wendy Vardaman for co-editing Local Ground(s)–Midwest Poetics: Selected Prose Verse Wisconsin 2009-2014 (Cowfeather Press) & including my zuihitsu on the Kundiman community as part of it! ‪#‎MidwestPoetics‬

Here are some snippets from the anthology which I posted during the digital launch party to celebrate the publication earlier tonight:

“… I have always been drawn to the spaces between languages, cultures, countries, emotional and mental states (like waking and sleeping, for example)–the interstitial spaces, and the hybrid or syncretic ones that result when the two merge. For me, this is to embrace the transformation, flux, and becoming that is life.” – Brenda Cardenas in “local ground(s) Midwest Poetics,” edited by Sarah Busse & Wendy Vardaman ‪#‎MidwestPoetics‬

“‘I am writing,’ I explain, ‘a poem.’ ‘ Would it help?’ Would it hurt? There are all kinds of arts unfolding spontaneously–not sloppily–here at the Capitol. In the signs by protesters, in the posters. In the display of signage on the walls and hanging from the balconies. In the drumming of the student groups that have loudly led days of chanting. In the costumes of, for instance, a man who dresses up as an Imperial Walker. In the chants. In the bagpipes played by the firefighters who joined the protesters early on, who themselves slept over a few days ago. In the musicians who came with their guitars and cellos and saxophones. In the musicians who come with only their voices when instruments are banned around Day 19. In the knitting and crafting circles that meet at specific times. In the chalkboard at Ian’s, amended daily with a new color for the names of more countries from which donations have come. In the pictures and videos that people create and share on web sites, blogs and Facebook pages. In the little campsites of those who have been here many days, with their home-made quilts and arrangements of stuff to create a place. In the Post-Its that will cover the Capitol doors when they close to Wisconsin’s citizens on Day 28 ….” – Wendy Vardaman, from “The Essay That I Begin Writing While Walking to the Wisconsin Capitol Trying to Discern the Right Question 2/24/11″ #‎MidwestPoetics‬

“Some of the places I liked to visit in my imagination were from the stories that my mother told me. She was the first person to tell me that the name of her town, Cuicatlán, meant land of the song in the Mazatec indigenous language.” — Moisés Villavicencio Barras, from an interview conducted by Sarah Busse for local ground(s) ‪#‎MidwestPoetics‬

“One night a poet from Jakarta prefaced his reading of a poem called ‘Going Home’ by explaining that when he wrote it he had returned home after having been away for ten years. What he didn’t say was he had been in exile because of his political activism, his work for democracy in Indonesia. A haunting line in the poem has lived in my memory as image: a faded and tattered sign bearing his name and the message ‘come home whenever.’ The memory of the poem, the image, the circumstances of the reading, the backstory, etc.–all these now always color my own reading or writing of poems about home places.” – Kimberly Blaeser, interviewed by Wendy Vardaman for “local ground(s)” ‪#‎MidwestPoetics‬

WI Library Association, cream city Friendlies reading, Java Nets writing workshops + November Conversant

November 6, 2014

Dear all,

Here are some upcoming events where you’ll find me:

Thursday, Nov. 6, 4:30-5:15pm:

Thanks to Nick Demske for inviting me, with Dasha Kelly, Marco Jaimez & Evan Maruszewski to represent BONK! Performance Series at the Wisconsin Library Association. We’ll be performing & chatting about “Turning Local Weirdos Into Artistic Powerhouses One Library Program At A Time” on the Collaborations & Innovations track: http://wla.wisconsinlibraries.org/events-conferences/annual-conference/programs-thursday

 

Friday, Nov. 7, 7pm:

I’ll be emceeing our 1st cream city Friendlies Reading (UWM vs NMU), hosted by cream city review, Fri, 7pm, Union Art Gallery! Midwestern Friendlies is an initiative to build strong community and networks across writers in graduate creative writing programs in the Midwest. This event matches University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee writers Mollie Boutell, Sherri Hoffman & Soham Patelwith Northern Michigan University writers Cory Ferrer, Robin McCarthy &Becky Pelky. Free and open to the public!

 

Saturday, Nov. 8, 10:45am-12pm

I’ll be facilitating a writing workshop as part of Java Scripts, a monthly community writing workshop hosted by Still Waters Collective at CityNet Cafe (306 E. Wisconsin Ave):

Join us every second Saturday for a casual, coffee house writing series to stretch your imagination, exercise your pen and connect you with new neighbors. Whether you’re a committed writer or a never scribe, we  invite you to get inspired this year! A new facilitator will lead a writing prompt and circle discussion each month.

There’s no admission cost, but we insist that everyone supports the venue with the purchase of a beverage or food.

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Also, in editing news, happy to announce that The Conversant‘s November issue is live, featuringAngela Buck‘s selection of Nada Gordon from Leonard Schwartz’s Cross-Cultural Poetics Archive; Celeste Guzman Mendoza on Ai for our Intersecting Lineages series; Rachel B. Glaser w/ Natalie Lyalin; Philip F. Clark w/Francisco Aragón; Omnidawn Publishing‘s Rusty Morrison withJoshua Corey; Metta Sáma‘s Female Aesthetic(s) Symposium (Part 2) w/Racquel Ima-Writer Goodison, Monica Hand, Patricia Spears Jones, Tracy Chiles McGhee & Arisa White; Caleb Beckwith‘s interviews w/F. Gordon Faylor as well as William V. Spanos, The People‘s Mathew Timmons & Ben White w/Janice Lee & Jared Woodland; rob mclennan w/George Stanley;David Koehn w/Jim Daniels; Radio Free Albion’s Tony Trigilio w/ Peter Davis;Mary Cappello w/ Peter Covino; and Sasha Steensen w/ Martin Corless-Smith! Also, a welcome to our new audio/video editor, Cassie Nicholson

1st Midwestern Friendlies Meet hosted by Indiana Unvirsity & October issue of The Conversant!

October 4, 2014

midw friendliesI — along with poetry reader Franklin KR Cline and fiction reader Michael Larson — will be reading for cream city review/University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at tomorrow’s 1st Midwestern Friendlies Meet, hosted by Indiana University at The Back Door (207 S College Ave, Bloomington, Indiana). The Midwestern Friendlies and Meets are an initiative to build strong community and networks across writers in graduate creative writing programs in the Midwest and readers from Butler University, Indiana University, Ohio State University, Purdue University and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will also be reading. Come say hello if you’re in the area!

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If you haven’t checked out the new October issue of The Conversant yet, please take a peek! Featuring these conversations — Female Aesthetic(s) Symposium (Part 1): Monica Hand, Patricia Spears Jones, Ruth Ellen Kocher & Tracy Chiles McGhee with Metta Sáma; H.L. Hix with Naomi Ward; our 1st Intersecting Lineages conversation between Rosebud Ben-Oni with Jason Koo; Cathy Wagner with Laura Sims; Tony Trigilio’s Radio Free Albion interview with R. Erica Doyle; Philip Metres with Ivan Zhdanov; J’Lyn Chapman with Rachel Blau DuPlessis; Stephanie Anderson with Joanne Kyger; Rusty Morrison with Ewa Chrusciel; Andrew Wessels with Claire Huot and Robert Majzels; “to make a new whole of the fragments”: A Roundtable Discussion with Poets in Women Write Resistance; Catherine Theis with Nathan Hoks; Elaine Bleakney with Dan Brady; The People: Mathew Timmons & Ben White with John Burtle & Elana Mann (Ep. 14), Kim Calder & Vanessa Place (Ep. 15); Marietta Brill with Michael Ruby & Elisabeth Workman and Sandra Simonds: Poets in Tank Tops Discuss the Universe!

Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism, May 22-May 24 (Winnipeg)

May 21, 2014

Excited to be heading to winnipeg for Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism, Thursday, May 22 through Saturday, May 24!

 

Lots of keynotes, plenary panels, readings & other workshops that I’m looking forward to – you can check http://www.writingtransgenres.com/ for the full schedule. Also, https://www.facebook.com/writingtransgenres

 

Thanks Trish Salah, Shelagh Pizey-Allen, Owen Campbell and Athena Thiessen for organizing!

 

Here’s where I’ll be presenting during the conference:

 

Thursday, May 22:

 

4:30-6pm Fucking Gender, Fucking Form – Rm 2M70, Eckhardt-Grammate Hall @ University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave, w/Ames Hawkins, Ching-In Chen, Emerson Whitney, K. Bradford

 

As trans and genderqueer writers, we inhabit our bodies, our communities, and our art forms marked and motivated by the contours and contexts of our gender. Our individual blueprints and proclivities — fluxes in desire, ruptures of trauma, morphings of body, configurations of race & class — infuse and drive our textual inventiveness. What we do to the sentence, what we do to the forms of writing on the page — and how we test the borders of the page itself — are 3 of gender fucking. We fuck the very forms we work in, as a creative and intellectual practice, and as part of what we do as gender variant people inhabiting the world. As we do and re-do our gender, we do and re-do the poetics and forms we step into as writers, carving out cultural space.

 

This panel will be a lively and layered event. We will engage each other in a series of questions about the acts of troubling form and aesthetics as connected to gender, looking at risks, experiments and failures; we will explore the lineage of writers we have been influenced by, then looking at examples of writing as we discuss the possibilities of language, image systems, voice and form via an aesthetics of gender variance. A lively dialogue with the audience will follow.

 

Friday, May 23:

 

3-5:30pm Group Reading at the Millennium Library, 251 Donald St, Winnipeg w/Aiyanna Maracle, Amir Rabiyah, Casey Plett, Ching-In Chen, Imogen Binnie, Joy Ladin, Mirha-Soleil Ross, Nathanaël, Rachel Pollack, Trace Peterson

 

free and open to the public!

 

 

Saturday, May 24:

6:30pm-8pm Plenary Panel: Identity and Poetics Across Genres – Eckhardt-Grammate Hall @ University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave

 

free and open to the public, w/ASL interpretation

 

Panelists: Ching-In Chen, Max Wolf Valerio, Micha Cárdenas, Samuel Ace, Trace Peterson

Midwest Monster (Input 4)

February 23, 2014
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Poetry & Pints (Grand Rapids); First Wave @ WI Book Festival (Madison); Red Rover Trans & Genderqueer (Chicago); Verse WI conversation & 1st Amendment chapbook

October 13, 2013

Dear all,

A conversation about Sentiment & Sentimentality with Sarah Busse, Cathryn Cofell, Fabu & Chuck Rybak & organized by Wendy Vardaman has been published in the latest issue of Verse Wisconsin.  Also, an excerpt of a poem I wrote about the Wisconsin uprising is being reprinted in Turn Up the Volume: Poems on the States of Wisconsin, a limited edition, hand-bound chapbook available NOW through October 25 for pre-publication purchase ($15 + $2 for postage).  After Oct. 25, the price will be $20 + postage.  Click on donation, SPECIFY CHAPBOOK ORDER and number of books in comment box and order directly through the First Amendment Protection Fund online.

I’ll also be reading &/or participating in the events below.  Hope to see you there!

1) Poetry & Pints, Harmony Brewing Co, Grand Rapids, MI, 10/13, 8pm EDT

2) PERFORMANCE POETRY:  First Wave @ Wisconsin Book Festival, Madison, WI, 10/18, 5:30pm CST

3) Red Rover Series Experiment #68: Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, Outer Space Studios, Chicago, IL, 10/19, 7pm,

Ching-In

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1) Poetry & Pints, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Readings by Ching-In Chen, Zoe Addison, Nikki Wallschlaeger, and Cynthia Spencer

Harmony Brewing Company 1551 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506, 8pm EDT, Sun, 10/13

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. They are a Kundiman, Lambda and Norman Mailer Poetry Fellow and a member of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation and Macondo writing communities. A community organizer, they have worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside and Boston. In Milwaukee, they are cream city review’s editor-in-chief. http://www.chinginchen.com

Zoe Addison explores mysticism, power, and subjectivity in her poems. Her poem “Apocalysm” was published on Everyday Genius. She co-authored and co-produced the interactive hypertext document &c.&c.&c.&c.&c.&c.&c.&c.&c. with Cynthia Spencer (tinyurl.com/etcpoetry).

Nikki Wallschlaeger’s work has been featured in DecomP, Esque, Word Riot, Spork, Great Lakes Review and others. A chapbook is forthcoming from Strange Cage. She lives in Milwaukee, WI and considers the Midwest one of the bestplaygrounds to live in, where all the worst bullies and the best lovers live, all at once, arguing on themonkey bars over the wet cement. You can reach her at nikkiwallschlaeger@gmail.com

Cynthia Spencer is the author of three solo chapbooks: in what sequence will my parts exit (Plumberries Press, 2011), MERCY (Pity Milk Press, 2012) and 3/THREE/III (Strange Cage, 2013). She has worked collaboratively on just about everything else she has ever done with Chelsea Tadeyeske, Zoe Addison, Edwin R. Perry and others. These things include the Cloudburst and Empty Room reading series, a chapbook of math-inspired poems called THERE EXISTS… and a hypertext called etcetcetcetcetcetcetcetcetc available at http://tinyurl.com/etcpoetry. She lives in Milwaukee and recently starting playing the ukulele.

2) PERFORMANCE POETRY:  First Wave @ Wisconsin Book Festival
10/18/2013 – 5:30pm
Overture Center for the Arts – Promenade Hall
Poetry and Performance were once a united art, going back to common ancient roots. In the last few centuries, this connection has largely been lost. This event will point to some of the ways back, bring “page” poets and “stage” poets together across multiple divides:page/stage/class/race/gender/age. OMAI presenters, Lemon Andersen and Gia Scott-Heron, will provide feedback alongside Verse Wisconsin responders, Margaret Rozga, Ching-In Chin, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, and Andy Gricevich

3) Red Rover Series Experiment #68: Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics 

Featuring:

Oliver Bendorf
Ching-In Chen
Meg Day
TT Jax
Stacey Waite
& guest curated by Jen (Jay) Besemer

at Outer Space Studio
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
suggested donation $4

Saturday, Oct. 19, 7pm / doors lock 7:30pm

logistics —
near CTA Damen blue line
third floor walk up
not wheelchair accessible

About the new anthology published by Nightboat Books:
The first of its kind, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics edited by TC Tolbert and Tim Trace Peterson, gathers together a diverse range of 55 poets with varying aesthetics and backgrounds. In addition to generous samples of poetry by each trans writer, the book also includes “poetics statements”—reflections by each poet that provide context for their work covering a range of issues from identification and embodiment to language and activism.

OLIVER BENDORF’s book, The Spectral Wilderness, was chosen by Mark Doty for the 2013 Wick Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from Kent State University Press. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where he recently earned his MFA and now teaches creativity, comics, and composition.

JEN JAY BESEMER is the author of several poetry books and chapbooks, including Telephone, Object with Man’s Face, Quiet Vertical Movements, Ten Word Problems, and What Is Born. A new chapbook, Aster to Daylily, is forthcoming in 2014 from Damask Press. Jay’s recombinant poetry projects are also found in Monsters & Dust, Aufgabe, Drunken Boat, BlazeVOX, e-ratio, Sentence and other delicious publications. Jay also writes feature essays and reviews, and teaches art and poetry workshops in and beyond Chicago. To find out more, visit www.jenbesemer.com.

CHING-IN CHEN is author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press) and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press). They are a Kundiman, Lambda and Norman Mailer Poetry Fellow and a member of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation and Macondo writing communities. A community organizer, they have worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside and Boston. In Milwaukee, they are cream city review’s editor-in-chief. See www.chinginchen.com.

MEG DAY, recently selected for Best New Poets of 2013, is a 2013 recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry and the author of When All You Have Is a Hammer (winner of the 2012 Gertrude Press Chapbook Contest) and We Can’t Read This (winner of the 2013 Gazing Grain Chapbook Contest). A 2012 AWP Intro Journals Award Winner, Meg has also received awards and fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, Hedgebrook, Squaw Valley Writers, and the International Queer Arts Festival. Meg is currently a PhD fellow in Poetry & Disability Poetics at the University of Utah.

TT JAX is a parent, poet, mixed media artist, and writer living in the Pacific Northwest by way of 28 years in the Deep South.

STACEY WAITE is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and has published four collections of poems: Choke (winner of the 2004 Frank O’Hara Prize), Love Poem to Androgyny, the lake has no saint (winner of the 2008 Snowbound Prize from Tupelo Press), and Butch Geography (also from Tupelo Press in 2013). Waite is the co-host of Prairie Schooner’s podcast “Air Schooner” and has individual poems appearing most recently in Bloom, The Indiana Review, and Heart Quarterly. One of Waite’s poems from Troubling the Line was selected by Denise Duhamel and David Lehman for Best American Poetry 2013.

Lantern Review poetry giveaway, cream city review & Ninth Letter reading in Champaign + UWM library reading for National Poetry Month!

April 11, 2013

Dear lovelies,

In honor of poetry month, Lantern Review is running a poetry giveaway on the blog where you’ll be entered to win a 1-year subscription to Asian American Literary Review and copies of Nicky Schildkraut’s collection Magnetic Refrain and Henry’s chapbook, Paradise Hunger, when you leave a comment with the name of at least one Asian American poet you love or think others should know about & you’ll be enter to The first 10 people to enter each also get a gift (a bundle of “poetry starter packs” containing prompts and snippets of ekphrastic/found inspiration). I’ve also contributed my own two picks for Asian American poet to read.

Also, catch Jewel Marie Bush’s National Poetry Month blog post for Uptown Messenger! A great list of Gil Scott-Heron’s work and shoutouts to Kundiman alumni Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, Tarfia Faizullah & me, among others!

In other recent news, I’ll be doing these upcoming readings here:

1) cream city review & Ninth Letter reading

Saturday, April 13, 5:30-7:30pm

Mike ‘n Molly’s, 105 N Market, Champaign, Illinois 61820


As part of the annual 
Boneyard Arts Festival, the University of Illinois will hold its first Visiting Writers Reading, featuring students from the PhD in Creative Writing program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and special guest Frank Montesonti, as well as students from UIUC’s MFA in Creative Writing program.

Please join us on April 13th at 5:30PM for this special event, to be held at Mike ‘n Molly’s in downtown Champaign. Learn more about our readers here:

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press) and co-editor ofThe Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press). A Kundiman and Lambda Fellow, Ching-In is part of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities, and has been a participant in Sharon Bridgforth’s Theatrical Jazz Institute. Ching-In attends the PhD program in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and is Cream City Review’s editor-in-chief.

Loretta McCormick is a native Angelino and creative writing PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she studies and writes about freakery, disability and death. She is a fiction editor for Cream City Review, and her work has appeared in The Northridge Review. 

Khaleel Gheba is an MFA candidate in Poetry, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He grew up in Maryland. He once used a poem to lift a burning car off of a baby. He’s very tired. Please don’t wake him.

Natalie Mesnard is a student in the Creative Writing program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work is forthcoming in Copper Nickel and Kenyon Review Online.

Greg Rodgers is an author and Choctaw storyteller who appears at schools, libraries, universities, museums, and tribal events throughout the country. He has written two books, The Ghost of Mingo Creek and One Dark Night in Oklahoma. Additionally, he is a contributing writer for the graphic-anthology, Trickster, an ALA Children’s Notable Book for 2011. Greg is listed as an official Smithsonian Associate and is currently a Graduate Assistant in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Kara Van de Graaf is a doctoral student in creative writing at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a miniature silverware enthusiast. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the anthology Best New Poets, Ninth Letter, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, Third Coast, Alaska Quarterly Review and other journals. She is a poetry editor for Cream City Review.  Her favorite animal is the goat.

Special guest Frank Montesonti is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Blight, Blight, Blight, Ray of Hope, winner of the 2011 Barrow Street Book Prize chosen by D.A. Powell, and the book of erasure, Hope Tree (How To Prune Fruit Trees) by Black Lawrence Press. He is also author of the chapbook, A Civic Pageant, also from Black Lawrence Press. His poems have appeared in journals such as Tin House, AQR, Black Warrior Review, Poet Lore, and Poems and Plays, among many others. A longtime resident of Indiana, he now lives in Los Angeles and teaches creative writing at National University.

 

2) UWM Poets Read at Library in Celebration of National Library Week

In celebration of National Library Week (April 14-20) and National Poetry Month, the UWM Libraries are hosting a poetry reading by UWM creative writing professor Susan Firer, graduate students Ching-In Chen and Elisa Karbin, and undergraduate Skyer Osborne in the Golda Meir Library’s Grind area on Tuesday, April 16 at noon.

The reading, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UWM Libraries, Department of English, and School of Information Studies.

 


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