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&NOW Conference this weekend!

October 6, 2018

&NOW friendlies, I’ll be participating in two events:

Saturday, Oct 6, 1-2:25p, ‘From Condensary to Essay,’ with Sarah RosenthalJennifer Firestone & DanaTeen Lomax (119 DeBartolo Hall): Four poets who have entered the lush field of the essay read their prose pieces. Drawn to more expansive expression, the poets need to spell things out, clear things up, take a different kind of responsibility, reach other parts of the polis and other parts of readers’ minds. In the spirit of experimental trials, these essays endeavor to enlist fact and reason while embodying some of poetry’s most potent qualities and/or directly addressing the deeper essence of what Lorine Niedecker termed poetry’s condensary. As in, assay, as say, as sing.

Sunday, Oct 7, 9-10:25a, ‘Heroes & Collective Resistance,’ with Cynthia Arrieu-King, Soham Patel & Mg Roberts (102 DeBartolo Hall): This panel will spark a discussion about the idea of the hero as a collective rather than an individualized role. We´ll do so by opening a dialogue on collective and communal protagonists working for good. These include contemporary narratives in cross-genre, fiction, poetry, speculative poetry as resistance, graphic novel, television shows, etc. We want to bring our thoughts about hero collectives in existing media and our experiences as community activists and teachers to bear on a fruitful discussion about what it means to be together working for a common good. What traits and conditions seem emblematic of collective heroes in media? Why do these matter? How might these inspire us-ness in real life?





Reading Queer: Poetry in a Time of Chaos (Lambda Litfest) Sunday, Sept 30, 2-3p @ Ave 50 Studio!

September 30, 2018

Reading_QueerThis reading at Lambda Litfest will celebrate Reading Queer: Poetry in a Time of Chaos ( edited by Neil de la Flor and Maureen Seaton and published by Anhinga Press (, a collection of the most subversive, gritty, moving, and courageous writing to come out of the U.S. queer community in recent political times. Reading Queer: Poetry in a Time of Chaos brings the LGBTQI community together in the spirit and solidarity of poetry at its finest and fiercest. “It is our gift to all conscious citizens. With love.” (Seaton & de la Flor). Co-organizers (and emcees) of the event are Ching-In Chen and Kevin Simmonds, who are both contributors to the anthology. Readers include: Cathleen Chambless, L Lamar Wilson, Caridad Moro-Gronlier and TC Tolbert.

To provide a chemical & fragrance free event, we request that participants not smoke before or during the event & not wear colognes, perfumes or other scented or chemical products to the event. For more information, look at this resource:

Accessibility information from the space: The gender neutral bathroom with more access is out of order right now, the gender neutral bathroom that does work has limited accessibility, for example larger wheelchairs won’t fit. The space is accessible otherwise – through the front door all the way through to the back door. There is sufficient light. There is no designated parking space for mobility transportation, but there is ample parking in the back though it is unpacked and not even. There is also street parking with driveways for van ramps etc. We are trying to fix the accesible bathroom through, but it’s taking longer than we’d like. We do have access to a sign language interpreter, if you need, but we’d have to know in advance.

For any accessibility-related questions & needs, please email us at


Cathleen Chambless is from Miami, Florida. She graduated with her MFA in poetry from FIU. She is also a visual artist and activist. Her work has appeared The Electronic Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature, Jai-Alai, Fjords Review, Grief Diaries, Storm Cycle 2014 & 2015, and Wussy Mag. Her debut collection of poetry, Nec(Romantic), was a finalist for the Bisexual Book Awards in 2016.

L. Lamar Wilson is the author of Sacrilegion (Carolina Wren Press, 2013) and co-author of Prime: Poetry and Conversation (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), with the Phantastique Five. Wilson, a Cave Canem and Callaloo graduate fellow, Florida A&M University alumnus and Affrilachian Poet, holds an MFA from Virginia Tech and earned a doctorate in African American and multiethnic American poetics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He teaches creative writing and African American literature at The University of Alabama.

Caridad Moro-Gronlier is the award winning author of Visionware published by Finishing Line Press as part of its New Women’s Voices Series. She is the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant and a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in poetry. She is a dual-enrollment English instructor for Miami Dade Public Schools, an English professor for Miami Dade College and the Editor-In-Chief of The Orange Island Review. She resides in Miami, FL with her wife and son.

TC Tolbert often identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, dancer, and poet but really s/he’s just a human in love with humans doing human things. The author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press 2014) and 4 chapbooks, TC is also co-editor (along with Trace Peterson) of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books 2013). S/he is an EMT and spends his summers leading wilderness trips for Outward Bound. TC was recently named Tucson’s Poet Laureate.


Ching-In Chen is author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press) and recombinant (Kelsey Street Press) as well as 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). They have received fellowships from Kundiman, Lambda, Watering Hole, Callaloo, Can Serrat and Imagining America. They are also part of Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities. They are a poetry editor for the Texas Review. They can be found online at

Kevin Simmonds is a poet and musician originally from New Orleans. His books include Mad for Meat and Bend to it, the edited anthology Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality and, most recently, the chapbook The Noh of Dorian Corey. He lives in San Francisco.

Massachusetts Poetry Festival: Salvage & Adventure: Poetic Play, Remix, Erase, Collage & Assemble, today/Sat, May 5, 2p @ Peabody Essex Museum

May 5, 2018

I’m facilitating a workshop during the Massachusetts Poetry Festival ( which showcases some of the creative strategies I used to make recombinant.

Come join me!

You may think of a poem as a monster of its own making, but poems are often many-headed conversations with others. This generative poetry workshop will utilize the historical and artistic space of the Peabody Essex Museum as a site of inquiry. We will respond to what can be found in the environs (ekphrastic, historic, story) and explore what we can uncover when we use remix, erasure, collage and assemblage in our work as creative strategies. We will write and risk together in community!

Montreal: The Arts of Trans, Gender Diverse & Two-Spirit Lives Conference (April 6, 2018)

April 6, 2018


Montreal friendlies! I’ll be presenting on the Archives & Sketches panel on ‘recombinant’ & speculative poetics, 11:20-12:15p @ The Arts of Trans, Gender Diverse, & Two-Spirit Lives Conference (Thompson House Ballroom, 3650 McTavish St). This conference is free & open to all (no registration necessary).

This conference is part of a series of events organized by the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at McGill University, Montreal, dedicated to exploring tactics of survival, resistance and resilience in the lives of trans, gender diverse and Two-Spirit people. This three-day conference will examine creative living through engagement with art, media and culture, as well as the creativity of survival tactics that make life more liveable for trans people. Art isn’t just objects or content, but a way to think about how to reanimate and open material, sensory and perceptual conditions of existence to more sustaining ends. It names the creative ways that trans, gender diverse and Two-Spirit people navigate the art of living. Rooted in the local, this event also aims to share international (and intergenerational) perspectives.

At a moment where trans, gender diverse and Two-Spirit lives are, in some ways, more visible than ever, silencing, erasures, circumscription and marginalization continues and even intensifies. In Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility, editors Gossett, Stanley and Burton describe the trap of visibility as politically and existentially problematic, a lure that promises social legitimacy but only within pre-scribed positions that fail to accommodate the multiple experiences of trans, gender diverse and Two-Spirit lives. How have trans people, through artistic, critical and activist practices, articulated non-hegemonic ways to talk about, practice, research, engage and value art, media and representation, in ways that can both address this bind, and acknowledge the world-making challenges such work can propose? What needs to change in critical discourse, pedagogy, curation and criticism to be in conversation with these questions? How might work not simply be invested in a politics of visibility, but in the claims of lived experiences of precarity, danger, colonization, fragility alongside forms of resourcefulness, support, imagination and survival that trans, gender-diverse and Two-Spirit people employ to endure and thrive, in art practice, but also in everyday life? Paul Preciado, author of Testo Junkie, described his recent curatorial work around performance and media arts at Documenta 2017 in terms of a move away from representative politics towards a “Parliament of Bodies”, noting that “the world is transitioning, but our institutions resist this transition. The museum, the school, the hospital need to transition.” What kind of work is already happening and yet to be done to take up this challenge?
For the full conference schedule, please visit:

Toronto Queer & Trans Asian Poetics (3.15) & NYC Segue Foundation (3.17) Readings!

March 15, 2018
Hope to see some of you lovelies!



1. Toronto Queer & Trans Asian Poetics (Thurs, March 15, 6:30-8p, Glad Day Bookshop, )
Join us for readings by local authors Trish Salah and Tom Cho, and US-based authors Margaret Rhee and Ching-In Chen! A night of poetry, art and literature celebrating the queer and trans Asian diaspora. With Trish Salah and Tom Cho, this event also celebrates the publications of Ching-In Chen’s recombinant, and Margaret Rhee’s Love, Robot, and brings collective queer and trans voices together to imagine otherwise.
Hosted by Loretta Mui

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Born in Halifax, Trish Salah is the author of the Lambda Award-winning poetry collection, Wanting in Arabic, and of Lyric Sexology, Vol. 1, as well as co-editor of a special issue of TSQ on Transgender Cultural Production. She is a member of the editorial boards for Eoagh, Topia and TSQ. Her writing is available in recent and forthcoming issues of Angelaki, Anomaly, Somatechnics, and Supplement. She is currently assistant professor of Gender Studies at Queen’s University, Kingston.


Tom Cho’s current project is a novel about the meaning of life. His full-length debut was the collection of fictions Look Who’s Morphing, published in North America by Arsenal Pulp Press and originally published in his birth country of Australia. Look Who’s Morphing was shortlisted for multiple awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. Tom also has over 70 publications of fiction pieces in magazines and anthologies such as The Best Australian Stories series, PRISM International, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, and others.


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. A poetry editor of the Texas Review, they currently teach creative writing at Sam Houston State University.


Margaret Rhee is a poet, artist, and scholar. She is the author of chapbooks Yellow (Tinfish Press, 2011) and Radio Heart; or, How Robots Fall Out of Love (Finishing Line Press, 2015), nominated for a 2017 Elgin Award, Science Fiction Poetry Association, and Love, Robot (The Operating System, 2017) named a 2017 Best Book of Poetry by Entropy Magazine. Her project The Kimchi Poetry Machine was selected for the Electronic Literature Collection Volume 3. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in ethnic and new media studies. Currently, she is a Visiting Scholar at the NYU A/P/A Institute, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY Buffalo in the Department of Media Study.


Loretta Mui is a second-generation chinese australian comic artist and youth worker. She self-publishes the comic Dreams of Loss & Transformation and will be debuting her new comic Sweat & Tears at this year’s TCAF.


The venue is wheelchair accessible, with an all genders washroom on the main floor. Note, however, that this washroom does not have an e-button for exit, washroom grab bars, and confirmation of the ability for a wheelchair user to slide under the vanity to use the sink, soap, and towel. Please refrain from wearing scents. The nearest subway is Wellesley. Street parking and Green P parking are on Wellesley Street.


Glad Day Bookshop is on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Wendat. We acknowledge them and any other Nations who care for the land (acknowledged and unacknowledged, recorded and unrecorded) as the past, present and future caretakers of this land.

2. NYC Segue Reading Series with El Roy Red (Sat, March 17, 5-6:30p, Zinc Bar, 82 W 3rd St, New York, NY)
Ching-In Chen is author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books, 2009) & recombinant (Kelsey Street Press, 2017). A Kundiman & Lambda Fellow, they belong to Macondo & Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundations. Chen is co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home (South End Press, 2011) & poetry editor of Texas Review.

El Roy Red works in the space btwn hope & efficacy until they reach actualization. Galvanized in Black/Brown queer liberation, Red utilizes writing, movement, ritual, & performance to facilitate healing, growth, & alternative futures. #postafrofuturism. Their poems can be found in Apogee Journal & Hand Job Zine.

Doors 4.30 p.m., readings 5 p.m.

The venue is located down one flight of stairs. We apologize that the venue is not wheelchair accessible. There are two non-gender-segregated bathrooms on the main floor. Note, however, that these do not have an e-button for exit, nor washroom grab bars. Please refrain from wearing scents. The nearest subway is West Fourth Street–Washington Square. Street parking is available on West 3rd Street. There is a cash-only $5 entrance fee, which goes to readers.

Failure to Con/Form: Story Circle ~ Círculo de historias March 1

March 1, 2018

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Failure to Con/Form Story Circle

Trans, nonbinary, intersex &/or gender-non-conforming? Please join Failure to Con/Form, in collaboration with LHI, on March 1, 2018 at The Montrose Center from 6-9 pm for our kickoff story circle!

Failure to Con/Form is an ad-hoc group of trans, genderqueer & gender-non-conforming writers, performers & artists sponsoring a rotating flash-mob reading/performance series in local sites of restriction & healing/safety dedicated to featuring local & nationally recognized trans, genderqueer, intersex & gender-non-conforming writers, performers & artists. This reading/performance series is inspired by the history of LGBTQI* community members who have performed queer takeovers or disruptions of non-queer-friendly spaces such as bars, clubs, proms & Baptist conventions.

We are planning two performances to take place in spring & fall 2018. Each performance will take place over the course of one day & incorporate one site of restriction with a flash-mob reading/performance & one site which will sponsor a healing &/or safety event with a site-specific installation.

As part of the planning process leading up to each performance, we will host a story circle for trans, genderqueer, intersex & gender-non-conforming community members to share stories and nominate sites in which they have experienced restriction as well as sites which have provided spaces of healing &/or safety in Houston, Texas. In addition to community building, we hope to generate stories &/or other material for writers, performers & artists to work with as well as nominate possible sites. Story circles will be bilingual in English and in Spanish to include the two most-frequently used languages in the local trans community.

We will provide refreshments and beverages as part of the Story Circle, including vegan and gluten-free options.

The space is accessible to wheelchair users.

To provide a chemical & fragrance free event, we request that participants not smoke before or during the event & not wear colognes, perfumes or other scented or chemical products to the event.

This event is intended to be age-inclusive–children are welcome, but young children will need to be managed by their own caretakers.

More info? Check out

This project is made possible with the support from The Idea Fund. The Idea Fund is a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, & Project Row Houses & funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Questions? Please contact at:

Ching-In Chen (English) –
John Pluecker (español) –
Círculo de historia para Failure to Con/Form

¿Eres trans, intersexo o una persona de género no-binaria o no-conforme? Por favor acompaña a Failure to Con/Form (Aversión al conformismo) en nuestro círculo de historias inaugural el 1 de marzo, 2018 en el Montrose Center de 6-9pm en colaboración con LHI.

Failure to Con/Form es un grupo ad-hoc de escritorxs, artistas y performancerxs trans, genderqueer y de género no-conforme. Estamos planeando una serie de lecturas y performance tipo flash-mob en sitios de restricción y de sanación/seguridad al nivel local en Houston. En estos eventos, habrá escritorxs, performancerxs y artistas trans, genderqueer, intersexo y de género no-conforme tanto locales como nacionales. Esta serie de lecturas y performance se inspira en la historia de miembrxs de la comunidad LGBTQI* que han hecho ocupaciones y disrupciones queer de sitios que no han apoyado o incluido personas queer, tales como bares, antros, bailes y convenciones bautistas.

Estamos planeando dos eventos que se van a llevar a cabo en la primavera y en el otoño del 2018. Cada performance se llevará a cabo a lo largo de un día y va a incorporar un sitio de restricción y un sitio donde habrá eventos de curación y de seguridad con una instalación diseñada para ese espacio.

Como parte del proceso de planeación antes de cada performance, vamos a armar un Círculo de Historias para que los miembros de la comunidad trans, genderqueer, intersexo y de género no-conforme compartan sus historias y nominen lugares en los cuales han experimentado restricción así como aquellos que han proporcionado espacios de sanación y/o seguridad en Houston, Texas. Además de construir un sentido de comunidad, esperamos generar historias y/u otro material de utilidad para escritorxs, performancerxs y artistas, así como nominar posibles sitios. Estos círculos de historias serán bilingües para ser inclusivos con el inglés y el español, los dos idiomas más utilizados por la comunidad trans de la localidad.

Se proveerá de refrigerios y bebidas como parte del Círculo de Historias, incluyendo opciones veganas y sin gluten.

El espacio ofrece acceso a los usuarios de sillas de ruedas.

Para crear un evento libre de químicos y fragancias, pedimos a los participantes no fumar antes o después del evento y no usar colonias, perfumes o cualquier otra esencia o producto químico para el evento.

Este evento pretende ser inclusivo, lxs niñxs son bienvenidxs, pero lxs niñxs pequeñxs necesitan ser monitoreadxs por sus guardianes.

Si deseas más información, consulta://

Este proyecto ha sido posible con el apoyo de The Idea Fund. The Idea Fund es un programa de re-patrocinamiento administrado por DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, Project Row Houses y patrocinado por The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

¿Tiene preguntas? Por favor contacte a:
Ching-In Chen (English) –
John Pluecker (español) –

‘recombinant’ in milwaukee (8.1), new york (8.3) & austin (8.18)!

August 1, 2017

Upcoming ‘recombinant’ readings!

Tues, August 1, 7p: Milwaukee Poetry Reading featuring Ching-In Chen, Dawn Tefft & Brenda Cárdenas @ Woodland Pattern (720 E. Locust St.)

More information:

Ching-In Chen is author of The Heart’s Traffic and recombinant and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities and Here is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets. A Kundiman, Lambda, Watering Hole and Callaloo Fellow, they are part of 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, Solidarity in the Arts. While completing their PhD in Creative Writing at University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, they served as editor-in-chief of cream city review as well as on the Woodland Pattern board and the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission. A poetry editor of the Texas Review, they are assistant professor of poetry at Sam Houston State University.

Brenda Cárdenas is the author of Boomerang (Bilingual Press) and the chapbooks Bread of the Earth / The Last Colors with Roberto Harrison (Decentralized Publications); Achiote Seeds/Semillas de Achiote with Critstina García, Emmy Pérez, and Gabriela Erandi Rico (Achiote Seeds); and From the Tongues of Brick and Stone (Momotombo Press). She also co-edited Resist Much/Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance (Spuyten Duyvil Press and Dispatches Editions) and Between the Heart and the Land: Latina Poets in the Midwest (MARCH/Abrazo Press). Cárdenas’ poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Latino Poetics: The Art of Poetry, The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, POETRY, City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness, Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing, The Quarry: A Social Justice Database, the Library of Congress’ Spotlight on U.S. Hispanic Writers, Jet Fuel Review, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, and many others. Cárdenas served as the Milwaukee Poet Laureate from 2010-2012 and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Dawn Tefft’s poems appear in Fence, Denver Quarterly, and BlazeVOX, among other journals. Her chapbooks include Fist, The Walking Dead: A Lyric, and Field Trip to My Mother and Other Exotic Locations. Her nonfiction has been published in Truthout, Jacobin, PopMatters, and Woodland Pattern’s blog. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works as a higher ed union organizer.


Thurs, August 3, 7p: NYC Poets House Showcase Reading featuring Aziza Barnes, Ching-In Chen, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib & DéLana R. A. Dameron @ Kray Hall, 10 River Ter

Join us for an installment of our fantastic Showcase 2017 Reading Series, with readings by Aziza Barnes (‘i be, but i ain’t,’ YesYes Books); Ching-In Chen (‘recombinant,’ Kelsey Street Press); Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib (‘The Crown Ain’t Worth Much,’ Button Poetry); and DéLana R. A. Dameron (‘Weary Kingdom,’ Palmetto Poetry Series)

Fri, August 18, 7p: Ching-In Chen Austin Book Launch with mónica teresa ortiz & Jesus Valles @ Malvern Books (613 W 29th St, Austin, Texas)

Join us in celebrating the launch of Ching-In Chen’s new poetry collection, “recombinant.” With readings from Ching-In Chen, mónica teresa ortiz, and Jesus Valles.

“Ching-In Chen’s ‘recombinant’ is an innovative and powerful collection about genealogy, migration, survival, gender, memory, and ecology. The poems unearth and recombine fragments from museum artifacts, laws, census data, and historical archives with lyric reflections and open-heart composition strategies. By the end, you will feel haunted by the ghosts and ancestors who have continued their journey in the vessel of the poet’s tongue.” —Craig Santos Perez

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.

mónica teresa ortiz was born and raised in Texas. Her work has appeared in Pilgrimage Magazine, Borderlands, the Texas Observer, Black Girl Dangerous, and elsewhere. A two-time Andres Montoya Letras Latinas Poetry Prize finalist, ortiz is the poetry editor for Raspa Magazine, a queer Latino literary art journal.

* A note on parking: If parking is unavailable in the store parking lot, please use residential streets. Or, for evening events, you can park at Breed Hardware, 718 W. 29th Street, when they’re closed (they close at 7pm Mon – Fri). And if you park in our lot, please watch out for potholes! *

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

May 27, 2017

Excited to attend my 1st WisCon with Kundiman friends!

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

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

Litanies to My Brown Heavenly Body (honoring Mark Aguhar)

March 12, 2017

Mark Aguhar

Poetics of Self [Re/De] Construction: Litanies to My Brown Heavenly Body (honoring Mark Aguhar)

In homage to Pilipinx trans, femme artist, Mark Aguhar, Poetics of Self [Re/De] Construction: Litanies to My Brown Heavenly Body, queer writers-of-color in this creative reading and panel will explore how our very bodies become litanies, invocations of our existence, our world-making possibilities as what Parreñas Shimizu calls “sites for imagining alternative realities.”

Curated by: Muriel Leung


Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and forthcoming spring 2017 from BOA Editions, Ltd. Chen’s work has appeared in two chapbooks and in publications such as Poetry, Gulf Coast, Buzzfeed, and The Best American Poetry. He has received fellowships from Kundiman, Lambda Literary, and the Saltonstall Foundation. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University. For more, visit

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal is a poet, essayist, and artist born in the borderlands in McAllen, Texas. Her poems have appeared in PBS Newshour, Waxwing, Caketrain, DIAGRAM, DREGINALD, The Feminist Wire, The Western Humanities Review, The Poetry Foundation Harriet Blog, and elsewhere. Most recently, she has served as an editor for the Bettering American Poetry project. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and her book, BEAST MERIDIAN, was a finalist at Nightboat, FuturePoem, Saturnalia, and Willow Books, and is forthcoming from Noemi Press in early 2017. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, and her hometown is Houston, Texas.

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi/Red Hen Press, 2009) and recombinant (Kelsey Street Press, 2017) as well as 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). A Kundiman, Lambda and Callaloo Fellow, they are part of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities. They have also been awarded fellowships from Can Serrat, Millay Colony for the Arts, the Norman Mailer Center and Imagining America. They serve on the Executive Board of Thinking Its Presence: Race, Advocacy, Solidarity in the Arts as the Director of Membership and Social Media and are a senior editor for The Conversant. Currently, they teach poetry at Sam Houston State University as an Assistant Professor in the English

Kazumi Chin is the author of Having a Coke with Godzilla (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). His work has appeared in GlitterMob, HEArt, Split This Rock’s Poem of the Week series, and elsewhere. His blog, GODZILIANA H8S UR COLONIAL BS can be found at When he grows up, he wants to be Ariana Grande.

Michelle Lin is the author of A House Made of Water (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). Her latest poems can be found in HEArt, Apogee, Powder Keg Magazine, and more. She has taught for the LEAPS summer program, Gluck Fellows Program for the Arts, Young Writer’s Institute, and the University of Pittsburgh. She has performed for Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture, grlhood–redefining the I // here I am, Litquake, and more. A former editor for journals Hot Metal Bridge, B.E. Quarterly, and Mosaic, she currently serves as Poetry Reader for Twelfth House Journal.

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.

Born in Iloilo City, Philippines, Angela Peñaredondo is a Pilipinx/Pin@y poet and artist. Peñaredondo is the author of the chapbook, Maroon (Jamii Publications) and the book, All Things Lose Thousands of Times (winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Regional Poetry Prize, Inlandia Institute). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Drunken Boat, AAWW’s The Margins, Four Way Review, Cream City Review and elsewhere. Angela resides in Southern California, drifting between deserts, beaches, lowly cities and socially engineered suburbs.

Nicknamed “small but terrible” by her lola, Melissa R. Sipin was born and raised in Carson, CA. She co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things (Carayan Press 2014) and is Editor-in-Chief of TAYO Literary Magazine. Her work is in Guernica Magazine, Black Warrior Review, and PEN American Center, among others. Her fiction has won Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open and the Washington Square Review’s Flash Fiction Prize, as well as scholarships/fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Poets & Writers Inc., Kundiman, VONA/Voices Writers’ Workshop, Squaw Valley’s Community of Writers, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is hard at work on a novel, is obsessed with yellow mangoes and ordering Chinese delivery when she’s finally found a home. More at:


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where you can find me (& recombinant) this week at #AWP2017

February 8, 2017

Where you can find me (& recombinant) this week at #AWP2017:

Mornings, I’ll be hanging out at the Sam Houston State University MFA Program in Creative Writing tables at the Bookfair (655-T & 656-T) with Scott Kaukonen, Nick Lantz, Olivia Clare, Amanda Nowlin-O’banion & more but I’ll also be:

7-9p TAYO Literary Magazine *New* Books Reading: AWP17 Off-Site Reading w/Janice Sapigao, Rachelle Cruz, Jane Lin, Shamala Gallagher & ChrisandYuri Santiago, Soho Tea & Coffee (2150 P St. NW)

1:30-2:30p Kelsey Street Press Book Signing, Table #721 @ Bookfair, Washington Convention Center

4:30-5:45p Asian American Poetics & Politics in the South: Self-Articulation & Solidarity panel w/Shamala Gallagher, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Vidhu Aggarwal & Wo Chan, Monument, Marriot Marquis, Meeting Level Four

6-8p Headmistress Press Presents: Tribute to Lesbian Poets at AWP w/Celeste Gainey, Juliet P. Howard, Robin Becker, Ann Tweedy, Jessica Jacobs, Laura Foley, Nickole Brown, Wall of Books (3325 Georgia Ave NW)

3-5p Kelsey Street and Chax Press: A Reading in DC w/Jennifer Bartlett, Andrew Levy, Steffi Drewes, Tracie Morris, Anna Soteria Morrison, Sarah Rosenthal, Soham Patel, Trace Peterson, Cam Awkward-Rich, Jessica Smith & Jasmine Dreame Wagner, Busboy & Poets (1023 5th St)

3-4:15p Literary Hybrids: Transgressing the Traditional panel w/Nickole Brown, Casandra Lopez, Julie Marie Wade & Lee Ann Roripaugh, Rm 207B, Washington Convention Center, Level 2

5-7p In Bloom: Kundiman Fellows and Friends read from newest works w/Neil Aitken, Gina Apostol, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Chen Chen, Jennifer S Cheng, Kazumi Chin, Rachelle Cruz, Muriel Leung, Jane Lin, Michelle Lin, Marco Maisto, Mg Roberts, Chris Santiago, Janice Sapigao & Jane Wong, Bloombars (3222 11th St., NW)

Hope to see some of you lovelies!