Archive for the ‘Poems’ Category

‘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!


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!


Entropy Best of 2017 list, Dec 2 Public Poetry reading @ HPL Young Branch & Dec 14 Tintero & MFAH Around the Block reading!

December 2, 2017

A thank you to Janice Lee & Entropy for including ‘recombinant’ on this incredible list of Entropy‘s Best of 2017: Best Poetry Books & Poetry Collections list. 

Also, some upcoming readings!

Sat, December 2, 2p — Public Poetry Reading @ Houston Public Library, Young Branch (5107 Griggs Road) with Niki Herd, Erica Nicole, Henk Rossouw & Rj Wright

Thurs, December 14, 6-8p — Around the Block: A Night of Literary Voices @ Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Join the Museum of Fine Arts and Tintero Projects for a unique night of literary art!

Five Houston writers (Ching-In Chen, Corinna Delgado, Christopher Diaz, Icess Fernandez Rojas & Josh Inocéncio) present work inspired by the exhibition HOME—So Different, So Appealing. You’ll join the writers on a walk around the “neighborhoods” and “hogares” (homes) presented in the exhibition.

About Tintero Projects
Tintero Projects promotes writing and reading opportunities for emerging Latinx poets and writers of color in the Houston–Galveston/Gulf Coast Region, providing community through writing workshops, readings, collaborative art events, submission events, and a monthly reading series.

This program and access to the exhibion are free! On Thursdays, Museum admission is free, courtesy of Shell. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Related Program
Inspired by the exhibition “HOME—So Different, So Appealing” and community partner Tintero Projects, this collaboration brings another event, on December 7: Casa Mía: A Writing Workshop on “HOME.”

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)

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.*

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.

Please note: BRAZOS BOOKSTORE has a wheelchair ramp and is wheelchair accessible. If you have other accessibility needs or need other accommodations, please call Brazos at (713) 523-0701.

Troubling the line @ Poetry Project, Imaginary Friend Press chapbook contest, pre-orders for Adrienne & Lambda’s 25 for 25

December 11, 2013

Here’s the news on my end … & keeping warm in a snowy time:-)

1) I’ll be heading to NYC tomorrow to help celebrate Troubling the Line @ Poetry Project

Join us for an evening of poems and poetics by writers from Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, edited by TC Tolbert and Tim Trace Peterson. Featuring: Samuel Ace, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Ching-In Chen, Jaime Shearn Coan, Joy Ladin, Dawn Lundy Martin, Tim Trace Peterson, Trish Salah, Zoe Tuck, Emerson Whitney, and Raymond Foye reading poems by John Wieners. Published in Spring 2013 by Nightboat Books, Troubling the Line is the first-ever anthology of poetry by trans and genderqueer writers.

2) 5 more days to submit to Imaginary Friend Presschapbook contest (for those who are not white & male & straight)!

Imaginary Friend Press’s Chapbook Contest

Submissions will be accepted between September 1, 2013 and December 15, 2013.

The winner will be announced in May. This contest is open to anyone who does not identify as a straight, white male. This exclusion is very purposeful. Imaginary Friend Press wants to promote voices that are often ignored and often dismissed.
If you’re curious if you’re being excluded ask yourself these questions:
Are you white?
Are you male?
Are you straight (heteronormative)?
If you answered yes to all three we wish you the best of luck winning another contest with your manuscript. We would also like to remind you that Imaginary Friend Press reads chapbooks all year round, but we’re sticking with our mission to celebrate new and diverse voices here.

The winning book will be published by Imaginary Friend Press. The author will receive an honorarium of $100 and 25 copies of their book. Imaginary Friend Press may also (and hopes to) select other books for publication.

Imaginary Friend Press editors will read all manuscripts and forward the finalists on to our esteemed readers. They will collectively make the final decision.
This year the final readers are:
Shane McCrae, author of Mule and Blood
Ching-In Chen, author of The Heart’s Traffic
Margaret Bashaar, editor of Hyacinth Girl Press
Noel Pabillo Mariano, contributing writer to
Ayshia Stephenson, author of black hands of a morning calm

To submit the entry fee is $5 for entry or $7 dollars for entry and a copy of the winning book (US addresses only. Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as IFP is informed of publication elsewhere. Multiple submissions are allowed with entry fees for each submission.

Manuscripts must be between 12-20 pages in length. Manuscripts must be paginated, have a table of contents and an acknowledgements section (if poems have been published individually). Manuscripts may have individual poems published, but they should not be published as a whole elsewhere.

Style and theme are open. There should not be any art, photographs, images included in the manuscript.

This is not a first book contest, but authors seeking their first book publication are encouraged to submit. Multi-authored collections are acceptable, but IFP can still only award one honorarium.

Questions? Please email us at Submit to Imaginary Friend Press

3) Sibling Rivalry Press is now taking pre-orders for the debut issue of Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women edited by Valerie Wetlaufer.  Very happy my poems found a home in this inaugural issue alongside poet-friends Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Elizabeth Bradfield, Meg Day & Franciszka Voeltz, amongst others.  Support the poets & Sibling Rivalry Press!

4) 25 for 25: An Anthology of Works by 25 Outstanding Contemporary LGBT Authors And Those They Inspired (Lambda Literary Foundation’s 25th Anniversary collection E-book) is now on sale!

25 for 25 is an anthology of works by some of our community’s leading authors, including Dorothy Allison, Ellen Bass, Alison Bechdel, Ivan E Coyote, Jewelle Gomez, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Alex Sanchez, Sarah Schulman, David Trinidad, Edmund White and many others, with original introductions by emerging writers they’ve influenced, many of whom the Lambda Literary Foundation has had the opportunity to support and nurture during one or more of our annual Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging Voices Retreats.  Thanks to Ames Hawkins for including my piece written for Achy Obejas in this anthology.
Happy reading, writing & making fun in the snow!

partly blaze in Shepherd Express, Hidden Culture Tap (w/Mauricio Kilwein-Guevara & Susan Firer), Echolocations launch party @ Madison Public Library

November 21, 2013

Thanks to Susan Firer for including my poem, partly blaze, in her Shepherd Express poetry column this week! I’ll be reading with Susan & Mauricio Kilwein-Guevara this Thursday night @ HIDDEN CULTURE TAP: November Edition!


This Thursday (Nov. 21) at Downtown Books – Official (624 N. Broadway Ave, Milwaukee) we have a VERY SPECIAL Hidden Culture Tap, 7-9pm! This month’s readers are:

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.

Poet, playwright, and actor MAURICE KILWEIN-GUEVARA was born in Belencito, Colombia, and raised in Pittsburgh. He has published several collections of poetry, including POEMA (2009); Autobiography of So-and-so: Poems in Prose (2001), nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize; and Postmortem (1994), nominated for the National Book Award. Kilwein Guevara co-wrote, with John Trevellini and Mike Sell, and acted in the film To Box Clouds (2002). His play, The Last Bridge/El Ultimo Puente (1999), received a staged reading Off-Broadway. Kilwein Guevara’s honors include a Fulbright Scholarship in Colombia and awards from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. His poetry has been included in numerous anthologies, such as Touching the Fire: Fifteen Poets of Today’s Latino Renaissance (1998, ed. Ray Gonzalez), The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology (2000, ed. Michael Collier), No Boundaries: Prose Poems by 24 American Poets (2003, ed. Ray Gonzalez), and The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (2005, ed. Sue Ellen Thompson).

SUSAN FIRER’s most recent book is Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People: New & Selected Poems 1979–2007. Her previous books have been awarded the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize, the Posner Award, and the Backwaters Prize. She is a recipient of a Milwaukee County Artist Fellowship, a Wisconsin Board Fellowship, the Lorine Niedecker Award, and in 2009 she was given the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Distinguished Alumnus Award. She has poems in over 35 anthologies, including Best American Poetry; Visting Dr. Williams: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of William Carlos Williams (University of Iowa Press); The Cento: A collection of Collage Poems (Red Hen Press); and The Book of Irish American Poetry: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present (University of Notre Dame Press). Her poems have appeared in over 100 journals, such as Chicago Review, jubilat, Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, New American Writing, and others. She edits the Shepherd Express online poetry column, available at From 2008–2010 she was Poet Laureate of the City of Milwaukee. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.


I’m also excited to have my piece, “Confessional: Hijacked,” included in Echolocations, Poets Map Madison, edited by Verse Wisconsin editors Wendy Vardaman & Sarah Busse as well as Shoshauna Shy

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     (201 W Mifflin St, Madison, WI 53703, Community Room, 3rd floor).
    Join us to celebrate the publication of Echolocations, Poets Map Madison, a literary block party filled with both echoes and locations, as more than 100 poets who have crossed paths with the city, past & present, share poems that refer to specific Madison places. At this free event, we’ll explore Madison through language, maps, poems and more with family-friendly activity centers, food and conversation.About Echolocations: long-time residents live next
    door to writers who passed through for only a while. Local streets intersect with myth, history, personal narrative and ecology. More than geography, more than chronology, what emerges is something akin to the shifting psyche of a city. Poem by poem, a new map evolves, folds back upon its own stories, and rewrites itself over and over through its sounds and its silences, taking into account a variety of perspectives, a multitude of voices.

    Hope to see you!

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,



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.

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 (

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

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 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 


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

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

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.

EDNA, Exquisite Uterus & Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books

September 20, 2013

Dear lovelies,

My poem, “Composition/Sitting Still,” was made at Millay Colony for the Arts & is in EDNA, alongside work by fellow Millay alumni I was in residence with — Cristián Flores García, Claire Donato, Carl J. Ferrero and Fiona Templeton — as well as friends Sarah Gambito, Evie Shockley, Ronaldo Wilson & more!


Other news:

1) I’ll be reading at the opening reception of the Exquisite Uterus exhibit at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Union Art Gallery, 5-8pm.

The Exquisite Uterus Project: Finding Equal Ground  is a collection of 200+ fiber and mixed-media artworks from across the nation to give voice to the pressing issues of our time relating to reproductive healthcare for all women. This collaborative art project was started in early 2012 by feminist artists and curators Helen Klebesadel and Alison Gates in response to what is being called the ‘War on Women’.  This iteration of The Exquisite Uterus Project will also feature a print collection regarding reproductive rights entitled“This is an Emergency!” curated by Justseeds Artist Collective artist Meredith Stern.

2) I’ll be appearing on a panel on Southeast Wisconsin Literary Magazine Publishing with J. Rod Clark at the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books on Sunday, September 22, 3-4pm at the Library at the University of Wisconsin at Waukesha.

More soon!

zuihitsu in Mead Magazine

May 9, 2013

Thanks to Nicholas Wong & Laura McCullough for including my zuihitsu, Various Various, in the spring issue of Mead Magazine!


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.