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‘Spell for Safety’ poem in Origins + Robots Speak Back!: Asian American Speculative Poetry reading FRI/APR 20/11a-12:30p @ Split This Rock Poetry Festival

April 20, 2018

Asked to write a poem for Lavender Graduation last semester, I wrote “Spell for Safety” for the trans & genderqueer students who made it to the finish line. Thank you to Origins Literary Journal for giving it a home in the Split This Rock edition! & check out poems by lovelies Ashley M. JonesSham E-Ali NayeemApril GibsonRachelle CruzSahar Muradi & more!

http://www.originsjournal.com/split-this-rock-and-origins-journal-special-issue/2018/4/18/bvompfo8wu6ahid1hrhpq3pqt7olwk

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I’ll be reading speculative poems & writing/dreaming towards a more equitable world with Rachelle CruzSally Wen Mao & lo kwa mei-en FRI/APRIL 20, 11a-12:30p @ Robots Speak Back!: Asian American Speculative Poetry reading during Split This Rock Poetry Festival: 2018! We’ll be in National Housing Center Room B – 1201 15th Street NW, Washington DC. Come join us!

 

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My AWP 2018 Schedule

March 7, 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 2018:

7-9p Kelsey Street Press & Keep St. Pete Lit: Centenarian Vision @ Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St (with Eleanor Eichenbaum, Fred Hearns, Tenea Johnson, Gloria Muñoz, Paul Wilborn, Amber DiPietra & Sabrina Dalla Valle)

https://www.facebook.com/events/189544978290494/

Thursday, March 8, 2018:

9-10:15a Gender Outlaws: Teaching Gender Identity in Creative Writing Panel @ Rm 22, Tampa Convention Center, 1st Fl (with Jody Keisner, Meg Day & Misha Rai)

10:30-11:30a Red Hen Press signing @ Table #1123 @ Book Fair

7-10p Defending Home: An Eco-Inclusive Reading @ The Hideaway, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd (with Joe Wilkins, Marco Wilkinson, Ben Rutherfurd, Molly Reid, Rosalie Moffett, Aviva Kasowski, Steven Kleinman, Matty Layne Glasgow, Nathan Gehoski, Shamala Gallagher, Nathan Dixon, Michael Copperman, Jennifer S. Cheng, Tamiko Beyer)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1661670380588008/

Friday, March 9, 2018:

3-4:15p Erasures, White Shame: We Need to Talk Panel @ Rm 20 & 21, Tampa Convention Center, 1st Fl (with Natalia Treviño, Rita Dove, Wendy Barker, Leanne Howe)

7-9p Reading Queer: Poetry in a Time of Chaos @ The Portico, 1001 N Florida Ave (with Bryan Borland, Cathleen Chambless, Gregg Shapiro, Jan Becker, Jericho Brown, J.P. Howard, Ruben Quesada, Sam Sax, Samiya Bashir, Shane Allison & Valerie Wetlaufer)

https://www.facebook.com/events/527051214344711/

Saturday, March 10, 2018:

12-12:30p Reading Queer anthology signing @ Anhinga Press Table #1602 @ Book Fair

9:30-11:30p Literaoke at AWP @ Lector’s POP UP Space, above The Hub, 715 N. Franklin

(with Samiya Bashir, Doug Brown, Ramy El-Etreby, Mira Jacob, Lillian Li, Jason Mccall, Rajiv Mohabir, Yesenia Montilla, Sally Wen Mao, Faisal Mohyuddin, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Dianca London, Soham Patel, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Danny Thanh Nguyen)

https://www.facebook.com/events/196137841137617/

All Weekend: Sam Houston State MFA/Texas Review Table #751 @ Book Fair

Birds’ Nests and Refuge: Impermanent Homes in Austin (EAST Show) Nov 11-18, 2017

November 11, 2017

Austin friendlies! Some of my poetry has been made into broadsides as part of ‘Birds’ Nests and Refuge: Impermanent Homes’ featuring Photographs by Sharon Beals & Literature on (Im)migration by Chaitali SenDena AfrasiabiMaria Reva, writers from Youth Rise Texas & me! This & next weekend, Saturday & Sunday, 11a-6pm, Prizer Arts & Letters, 2023 e. cesar chavez, austin! as part of the East Austin Studio Tour on Nov 11-18! Thanks to Abe Louise Young for organizing!

Birds’ Nests and Refuge: Impermanent Homes (EAST Show)

https://www.facebook.com/events/126272001421468/

See international photographer Sharon Beals’ stunning photographs of birds’ nests and nests created by humans out of beach plastic–alongside moving prose and poetry by literary writers on the themes of immigration and migration: Chaitali SenChing-In ChenDena Afrasiabi and Maria Reva.

What are our human nests in a time of global change?

Play with found materials in our Creativity Room (shredded paper, feathers, buttons, fabric and more) to create a nest of your own.

Light refreshments and beverages served, open to all.

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Sharon Beals is a San Francisco Bay Area-based photographer concerned with the environment and natural habitat. She is the author of *Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them* (Chronicle Books, Spring 2011).

Chaitali Sen is the author of The Pathless Sky, published by Europa Editions in 2015. Born in India and raised in New York and Pennsylvania, she currently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and stepson. FullSizeRender-4 copyHer short stories, reviews, and essays have appeared in New England Review, New Ohio Review, Colorado Review, Catapult, Brooklyn Magazine, The Aerogram, Los Angeles Review of Books, and other journals. She is a graduate of the Hunter College MFA program in Fiction.
www.chaitalisen.com

Dena Afrasiabi’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Toast, Fiction Southeast, JMWW and the anthology Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers (University of Arkansas Press). Her work has received fellowship support from the Millay Colony, The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. She’s also the co-founding editor of the journal Elsewhere Lit.
https://twitter.com/AfrasiabiDena

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi/Red Hen Press, 2009) and recombinant (Kelsey Street Press, 2017).They are a Kundiman, Lambda and Callaloo Fellow and a member of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundations writing communities. Chen is also the co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press, 2011; AK Press 2016) and Here Is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets (Achiote Press, 2009). Their work has appeared in The Best American Experimental Writing, The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. They are a senior editor of The Conversant and poetry editor of the Texas Review. They currently teach creative writing at Sam Houston State University. www.chinginchen.com

Maria Reva was born in Ukraine and grew up in Vancouver, BC. Her stories have appeared in magazines such as The Atlantic and The New Quarterly, and have been anthologized in The Journey Prize Stories 29 and The Best American Short Stories 2017. She is a fiction fellow at the Michener Center for Writers, where she is at work on a linked story collection set in Soviet Ukraine.
www.mariareva.ca

The Environment of the Classroom @ Center for Women Writers, Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC

September 22, 2017

21765786_1440583909362887_261417008017333640_oThanks to Metta Sáma & Center for Women Writers for organizing this conversation on the environment of identity politics in the college classroom! Excited to talk teaching with Ailish HopperPrageeta SharmaErica Chu & Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs @ 1p, tomorrow/Friday @ Gramley Library, Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. Hope to see you if you’re in the area!

Sam Houston State University MFA reading + Conversant

November 11, 2015

Happy to be reading Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. in Sam Houston State University’s Peabody Memorial Library (adjacent to Austin Hall) as part of the MFA program’s on-going reading series.  http://www.shsu.edu/today@sam/T@S/article/2015/chen-reading

 

Also, if you haven’t checked out the recent issue of The Conversant, November’s issue features Brian Teare with Christy Davids; Rosebud Ben-Oni with Matthew Salesses on his new book, The Hundred-Year Flood; Stacy Szymaszek with Matt Longabucco; Lynarra Featherly with Stacey Tran and Travis Meyer of Poor Claudia; Jane Joritz-Nakagawa with Bill Berkson; my interview with Maria Miranda Maloney of Mouthfeel Press; Mathew Timmons & Ben White’s The People: Episode 32 with Kristin Cammermeyer & Claire Rifelj; Andy Fitch’s interview with Nightboat author Andrew Durbin. Check it out at http://theconversant.org/

Failure to Identify Poetry Patio Party with María Miranda Maloney & new issues of The Conversant

September 5, 2015

Dear friendlies,

I finished my PhD! And moved to Houston, Texas to teach poetry and literature at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.  Lovelies and local artists/writers John Pluecker & Jorge Galván Flores are hosting a poetry patio party for myself and another writer newly moved to the area.  Info below.

And The Conversant is fully up and running after a summer hiatus.

Check out our most recent issues at http://www.theconversant.org/:

September’s issue of The Conversant is live! This month’s conversations include Freesia McKee with Anja Notanja Sieger & La Prosette on typewriting performance; Open House presents: Housten Donham with Fred Moten; Rosebud Ben-Oni with CantoMundo poets Diego Báez, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, J. Michael Martinez, Juan Morales and Octavio Quintanilla on {Power} Ballads; Andy Fitch with John Sakkis as part of an oral history of Nightboat Books; Mathew Timmons and Ben White’s The People with Troll Thread; Randall James Tyrone with Dan Beachy-Quick on his Essay Press book, A Quiet Book; That’s My Tattoo: a poetics conversation with Elisa Gabbert and Chris Tonelli, and Vernacular Visions: Brandon Freels with Justin Clifford Rhody.

August’s issue features conversations & interviews with Grace Shuyi Liew with Ginger Ko on feminist poetics, the poetry community’s sexism & Coconut Book’s recent hiatus; Laynie Browne & Julie Carr on their Essay Press chapbooks; The People’s Mathew Timmons & Ben White with Tom Comitta & Suzanne Stein; Rosebud Ben-Oni with JP Howard as part of Intersecting Lineages; Open House presents Madison Davis with Brittany Bill-Meyer Finn; Brandon Som with KAYA Press author Nicholas Wong; Jim Goar with Andre Baggoo; Andy Fitch with Nightboat author Daniel Borzutzky; Philip Metres with Stepan Brand; & Maria Anderson with Jennifer Kwon Dobbs on her Essay Press book.

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Failure to Identify Poetry Patio Party: María Miranda Maloney & Ching-In Chen

Saturday September 5, 2015
7:30pm
Back Patio of Jorge and JP’s House, Houston TX (since this is a private residence, I’m not going to publicly post their home address — but send an e-mail to chinginchen [at] gmail.com, if you’re interested in coming and don’t know the address)

María Miranda Maloney & Ching-In Chen have just moved to our beloved alligator-infested, petrochemical-infused, swampy Texas Gulf Coast bayoulands. The days are a little shorter, but the summer sun is still burning the banana leaves. Come out and meet María and Ching-In, welcome them to the area and hear their amazing poetry.

We’ll be with the philodendrons, the castor bean tree, and the aloe veras on the back patio of our home for this event. It’s BYOB. Feel free to bring a drink or a snack or an extra chair. Feel free to bring friends and invite other people, but it’s our house so make sure they’re sweet.

And we’d love if you’d stick around and chat and hang out afterward. Let’s have some fun together. Not another Houston art-and-run event. Pull up a chair and stick around a while.

More info on the poets:

Maria Miranda Maloney is the founder of Mouthfeel Press and author of The Lost Letters of Mileva. She is the educational outreach organizer for the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum. She is the current poetry editor for BorderSenses. Maloney has an MFA in Bilingual Creative Writing from UT El Paso.

Ching-In Chen (www.chinginchen.com) 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 have been a participant in Sharon Bridgforth’s Theatrical Jazz Institute. They are senior editor of The Conversant and have served on the Woodland Pattern board, Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission and as editor-in-chief of cream city review.

More info on the Failure to Identify Series (from JP):

This is the ninth event of an Occasional, Itinerant, Sporadic, Vagabond, Versatile, Irregular, Incidental, Intermittent, Roundabout, Accidental, Stray, Raro, Combustible series of arts & writing events. For the moment, the series is called Failure to Identify.

Since May 2012, I’ve been experimenting with creating spaces for innovative, interdisciplinary & risk-taking writers & artists to perform for Houston publics. Usually these events feature writers from out-of-town, though sometimes with local folks too. Sometimes the work pushes at the boundaries of the “reading” format. Since there is no institutional or academic funding (and I have no desire to institutionalize or non-profitize anything), the series has no fixed schedule and is super-occasional and super-dependent on happy coincidences and friendly, willing participants. Events have been held on the back patio of Kaboom Books or at other times in conjunction with local organizations like Art League, Project Row Houses, Fotofest and more. This will be the first time we have the party at home. Previous events have included:

May 2012: Let the Ponies Have Plenty of Room
June 2012: Jen Hofer & Javier Huerta
August 2012: Janice Lee & Anna Joy Springer
September 2012: TC Tolbert & Boston Davis Bostian
November 2012: Douglas Kearney
January 2013: Marco Antonio Huerta, Minerva Reynosa, Sara Uribe, and Lupe Méndez
March 2013: Rosebud Ben-Oni and Stalina Villarreal
March 2014: The Gender Book, Madsen Minax & CA Conrad

(Note to the note: As mentioned above, this series is now called Failure to Identify. It’s a crime in the U.S. to not identify yourself and it seems like somehow the work featured in this series has navigated the treacherous waters of (dis)identification, refusal and failure. The series was unnamed for a long time, but now I am liking this name more and more. It seems big and spacious and un-identifiable. In the past, I have given priority to just organizing the events, rather than naming what these events are. However, I have contemplated numerous names: Unzoned, Unnamed, As-Yet-Unnamed-But-Really-Quite-Lovely, before tentatively settling on this one: Failure to Identify.)

Poets Celebrate International Women’s Day + March’s Conversant

March 8, 2015

I’ll be reading at People’s Books Cooperative on Sunday, March 8 to celebrate International Women’s Day!  Thanks Freesia McKee for organizing!

Sunday, March 8, 3pm at People’s Books Cooperative, 804 East Center Street, Milwaukee, WI

International Women’s Day is a holiday celebrated around the world with political roots in the struggle for social and economic determination for people of all genders. As poets, we celebrate.

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Ching-In Chen
Freesia McKee
Margaret Rozga
Mikey Cody Apollo
Nikki Wallschlaeger
Suzanne Rosenblatt

Join us! This is a free event.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1607829739450113/

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Also, if you missed it, check out this month’s The Conversant, which features Woodland Pattern  presents Oliver Bendorf & Trish Salah; Housten Donham with Josef Kaplan; That Which Quickens the Pulse: Neelanjana Banerjee, Lisa Chen & Sunyoung Lee on KAYA Press; Flying Object Presents: Trinie Dalton; Rolling Around On Carpets: Danielle Susi with Ocean Vuong; Manifestation 2: Anaïs Duplan & Kione Kochi; Joseph Kalscheur with Seth Abramson; The People‘s Mathew Timmons & Ben White: Jennifer Moon & Lindsay Tunkl (Ep. 18); Negotiating Academic Constraints: Clara S. Lewis with Louis Bury; and Philip Metres with Dmitry Kuzmin. Check it out athttp://theconversant.org/

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