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‘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: http://woodlandpattern.org/events/?event=337

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/851009661729817/

 

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)

https://www.poetshouse.org/programs-and-events/readings-and-conversations/showcase-reading-series-aziza-barnes-ching-chen-hanif

https://www.facebook.com/events/114222132565375/

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! *

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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

LAMBDA LITFEST LA 2017 (www.lambdalitfest.org) PRESENTS:
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

Performers:

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 chenchenwrites.com.

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 department.www.chinginchen.com

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 kazumichin.wordpress.com. 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: msipin.com

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Now more than ever, our stories matter. Don’t miss #LambdaLitFest Los Angeles, a FREE, weeklong literary festival that celebrates and honors and expands on the rich, diverse tradition of LGBTQ writers and readers in the Southland. Register now: http://bit.ly/2kqiIRi

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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:

WED:
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)

THURS:
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)

FRI:
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)

SAT:
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!

Miami! Asian American Studies conference: Get Lit offsite reading + Asian American Poets Encounter the South

April 29, 2016

Dear lovelies,

I’ll be at the Association of Asian American Studies in Miami for these two events:

Get Lit in Miami!

Friday, April 29, 7-9p, The Cafe at Books and Books, Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

You are cordially invited to an Association of Asian American Studies Conference offsite literary reading (with happy hour!), co-curated by Kundiman, Kaya, and the Asian American Literary Review.

Readers include: Cathy Linh Che, Ed Lin, Naomi Hirahara, Lawrence Minh-Bui Davis, Timothy Yu & Ching-In Chen

Note: There are several locations for Books & Books. This reading is at the location within a five-minute walk from the AAAS conference site.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1617836258541811/

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Sunday, April 30, 1:15-2:45p, Concierto Ballroom C

AAAS panel: Self-Articulation and Solidarity: Asian American Poets Encounter the South

Panelists: Vidhu Aggarwal, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Ching-In Chen, Shamala Gallagher, Sarah Gambito

To live in the American South requires finding a way to understand oneself against a history of structural racial violence: to conceptualize oneself, implicitly or explicitly, in relation to the powerful black/white narrative of slavery, Jim Crow laws, and Civil Rights. Perhaps more than any other American region, the South is constituted in national and global cultural imaginaries by a story about race. In this story, Asian American subject positions are largely muted. To be an Asian American poet in the South, then, is to confront a master narrative in which one’s own subject position has no place; it is to insert oneself into this story as a rogue element, a destabilizing and complexifying force. Just as Asian Americans have been figured as outsiders in this country, the Asian American poetic utterance occurs at the margins of the Southern racial story, seeking to deepen and transform it from there.

In this formally hybrid panel—half poetry reading, half critical dialogue—the poets of Kundiman, an Asian American poetry collective, will speak to questions of what it could mean to be Asian American in the South. We will read poems that address Southern geographies—cultural, emotional, economic, ecological, visual—in order to offer visions toward a fuller and more nuanced understanding of Southern racial terrain. In this endeavor, we seek not to displace or downplay the intense realities of black Southern subjugation and liberation: instead, in claiming our presence in Southern space, we strive toward a self-articulation that is simultaneous with a multifaceted solidarity. Speaking from a multiplicity of Asian American subject positions, we will explore possibilities for connection with the heterogeneous communities of color living in the South—examining, for example, Asian American relationships to settler colonialism and indigenous rights as well as to questions of Latin American migration and border politics. In reaching across the critical/creative divide, this panel formally echoes the complicated and innovative work of boundary-crossing that Asian Americans must undertake in order to write ourselves into the Southern story.

Split This Rock 2016: Hybrid Poetics + Arktoi Bears!

April 15, 2016

Where you’ll find me at this Split This Rock Poetry Festival this year!

Friday, April 15, 4-5:30pm, Hybrid Poetics: Igniting the Living Text
K. Bradford, Ching-In Chen, Angel Dominguez, Janice Sapigao
Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives Gallery – 1201 17th St NW, Washington DC

This panel will investigate and activate the cross-hatchings between hybrid bodies and hybridized poetic forms. The core question: how do our bodies, which are marked by multiplicity — mixed race, mixed class, gender variant, queer, polyamorous — call forward unique poetic forms? As poets of radical embodiment, what we do to the sentence, to forms of writing on the page — and how we test the borders of the page itself — are acts of aesthetic and cultural subversion. Our cultural and political hybridity, our refusal to occupy or assimilate to states of singularity, infuses and drives our textual inventiveness. We see the page as a living text that speaks from and to our cultural bodies and collective experiences. Our poetics preach our daily walk, as writers and as community-builders who trace our lineages forward and back across time. Exploring cultural embodiments of text such as choral structures, call & response, field notes, polyvocal assemblages, sonic scores, community ritual & more, the poets on this panel will 1) perform samplings of such work; 2) discuss these techniques/expressions and how they reflect and activate hybrid, halfbreed cultures and politics; 3) engage participants in exercises and community dialogue.

 

 

Saturday, April 16, 2-3:30p, Out Shout! Lesbian Poets Praise Arktoi Books
Elizabeth Bradfield, Ching-In Chen, Celeste Gainey, Rita Mae Reese, Verónica Reyes
Human Rights Campaign Room 105 AB – 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC

In 2006, feminist activist and queer poet, Eloise Klein Healy, established Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press, for the sole purpose of publishing literary works of high quality by lesbians. Arktoi’s mission is to give lesbian writers more access to “the conversation” that having a book in print affords. Over the past 10 years, Arktoi has published eight books, five of them full-length poetry collections by first-time lesbian authors. Empowered by Arktoi, these poets have all gone on to national attention and acclaim, their poetry and singular points of view a part of the provocative global conversation on gender, sexual identity, and queer culture. In celebration of Arktoi’s tenth anniversary, all five poets will read from their Arktoi collections as well as from work published more recently. As well, each poet will speak briefly about the ways in which publication by Arktoi has influenced and supported their choice of personal and artistic identity within the chaos of a burgeoning gender-fluid culture. This reading will be interactive, with time set aside for audience questions and open dialogue.

 

http://www.splitthisrock.org/programs/festival/2016-poetry-festival

AWP 2016: where you’ll find me!

March 31, 2016

Thanks to Celeste Gainey for organizing a great celebration for ARKTOI BOOKS’ 10th Anniversary! @ Border Grill Downtown

Great to read with fellow Arktoi authors Elizabeth Bradfield, Catherine Kirkwood, Rita Mae Reese, Kelly Barth, Amy Schutzer, Verónica Reyes & Celeste Gainey & to celebrate Eloise Klein Healy!

My upcoming AWP schedule:
THURSDAY, March 31, 2016
7:15pm DENVER QUARTERLY, TARPAULIN SKY & DOROTHY OFFSITE READING @ Pieter (420 W. Ave 33, Unit 10) – http://www.pieterpasd.com/
w/Cathy Linh Che, Claire Donato, Dana Green, Elizabeth Hall, Manuel Paul Lopez, Kim Parko, Suzanne Scanlon

FRIDAY, April 1, 2016
9-10:30a VONA TABLE #1508 (with Willow Books) @ LA Convention Center, West Hall A/B, 1201 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles 90015

7:30-9:30p LIT PIZZA PARTY @ Submittable’s Camp Real Pants
Astroetic Studios, 224 E 11th St, Los Angeles, California 90015
With Nicole Callihan, Megan Leavad, Ted Dodson, Travis Sharp & many others!

About Camp Real Pants:
We’re hosting publishing arts & crafts sessions with organizations like VIDA, Submittable, and SPD, plus readings hosted by some great presses and journals like Dark Fucking Wizard, GMR, Bloof, Magic Helicopter, and 421 Atlanta. We’ll start the day with lunch at the mess hall, and cap it all off with stories and a singalong around a (fake) campfire.

Go to http://camp.realpants.com/ for more info on readers and hosts.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1174163735930179/

7:30-10:30p HOP ON POP TRANS & GENDERQUEER READING
Pop -Hop Books & Curio, 5002 York Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90042
Ari Banias, Ching-In Chen, Christopher Soto (aka Loma), D’Lo, Emerson Whitney, Ely Shipley, H. Melt, Jenny Johnson, Jordan Rice, Jos Charles, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Joy Ladin, Max Wolf Valerio, Megan Milks, Oliver Bendorf, Ryka Aoki, Samuel Ace, Stephen Boyer, Stephen Ira, TC Tolbert, Trace Peterson, and Wo Chan.
Cosponsored by! AWP LGBT Caucus, EOAGH Books, THEM, Vetch Poetry
https://www.facebook.com/events/1749773728590788/

SATURDAY, April 2, 2016
1:30-2:45p ACADEMIC JOB MARKET IN CREATIVE WRITING: CONSIDERING IDENTITY
Rm 410, LA Convention Center, Mtg Rm Level (Janelle Adsit, Ching-In Chen, Patricia Killelea, Sarah Sloane, Chris Santiago)
Event Description: A panel of recent hires and search committee members speak frankly about the academic hiring process from both sides of the interview table. Focusing on questions of identity, panelists address bias and problematize definitions of fit. Panelists describe choices made in crafting professional narratives and reconceive genres like cover letters as documents that not only persuade search committees, but also subvert the genre in ways that address the candidate’s own needs.

7-9p A READING CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF THE MACONDO WRITING WORKSHOP
Plaza de Cultura y Artes (501 N Main St)
Come celebrate the 20-year legacy of the Macondo Writers Workshop. This reading of alumni (Macondistas) will honor the workshop created by author Sandra Cisneros. Learn how you can be part of the Macondo community. A reception and reunion will follow.

Scheduled readers: Deborah Miranda, Vincent Toro, Luis Rodriguez, Carla Trujillo, Wendy Call, Amelia Montes, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Reyna Grande, Sarah A. Chavez, Jose B Gonzalez, Ching-In Chen, Francisco Aragon, Anel Flores, Norma Cantu

Macondo fosters socially engaged writers united to advance creativity, foster generosity, and honor community.
https://www.facebook.com/events/581185495380965/

SUNDAY, April 3
7pm WE SURVIVED AWP: AFTER AWP POETRY PARTY
Chevalier’s Books (126 N Larchmont Blvd)
Potluck, Drinks, and Readings from AWP Survivors (that is, if they survive) including the talents of:

6:00 Intro Nicelle Davis / New Voice Curt Hanson
6:05 Ching-In Chen
6:10 Gabriel Don
6:15 Neil Aitken
6:20 Nik De Dominic
6:25 Jacqueline Tchakalian’s
6:30 Annette Schiebout
6:35 Caroline Kessler
6:40 Helene Cardona
6:45 John FitzGerald
6:50 Tanya Ko
6:55 Peggy Dobreer
7:00 Outro Nicelle Davis / New Voice Melanie Jeffrey
15 min Break
7:15 Intro Nicelle Davis / New Voice Andrea Thamm
7:20 Rich Ferguson
7:25 Cindy Rinne
7:30 Liz Silver
7:35 Ashley Inguanta
7:45 Shari Brannan Crane
7:50 Outro Nicelle Davis
https://www.facebook.com/events/1105891929442810/

28 Days Later and Other Nightmares on What Terrifies Us

October 31, 2015

In the spirit of Halloween, Rosebud Ben-Oni​ wrote about badass Naomie Harris in the film 28 DAYS LATER for The Kenyon Review & asked me, Brian Kornell​, Malcolm Friend, Darrel Alejandro Holnes​, Raina Leon, Robin Ford, Jameson Fitzpatrick & Chen Chen​ to share what terrifies us. Happy Halloween!  Check it out here: http://www.kenyonreview.org/2015/10/28-days-later-and-other-nightmares-on-what-frightens-us/

cream city review panel & Milwaukee’s Best reading at Steel Pen Writers’ Conference

October 10, 2015

In Indiana at Steel Pen Writers’ Conference with Ryder Collins, Ann Stewart McBee, Dawn Tefft, all former editors of cream city review, to chat about tips for submitting to literary journals, 10:20-11:30am (Beethoven Room, Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza). Catch us reading Milwaukee-themed work tonight, 8:30-10pm (Grand Metropolitan East 4)! Full schedule & info below, http://indianawritersconsortium.org/IWC-creative-writing-conference.asp

Getting over the Transom: Tips for litmag acceptances from former editors of cream city review: Ching-In Chen, Ryder Collins, Ann Stewart McBee, and Dawn Tefft

In this panel, past editors of cream city review will discuss the do’s and don’ts of literary magazine submission generally as well as through the lens of their own publication’s aesthetic. The Milwaukee-based biannual, non-profit journal is devoted to publishing work that pushes the borders of literature. cream city review features fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, visual art, author interviews, and reviews of contemporary literature.

Milwaukee’s Best: A Reading
Ching-In Chen, Ryder Collins, Ann Stewart McBee, and Dawn Tefft

A pack of writers with ties to Milwaukee – all have lived in the city on the lake and all have served in an editorial role at cream city review –will bring their Miltown flavor to you. What makes Milwaukee great? It’s a place on the lake; it’s a place in our hearts. Come hear us share some Milwaukee love and words with you.

Open Mic, Armstrong – Writers of all genres invited!

Windy Hill Release Party @ University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Library!

May 4, 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015: Reading at the Windy Hill Release Party, noon at UW-Waukesha Library! Also, excited to share/chat about some of the work forthcoming in Cream City Review‘s genrequeer folio with an Intro to LGBTQA Studies class I’m visiting.

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The 37th annual Windy Hill Review is going to the printers! The official release party will be noon on May 4th in the UW-Waukesha library!

The event will be co-sponsored by the Pride Alliance, and there will be a reading by the fantastic poet Ching-In Chen, some light refreshments, and copies of the magazine will be available. Students and community members are welcome!

~ * ~ About the Speaker ~ * ~

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi/Red Hen Press, 2009) and a genderqueer and multi-genre writer. Born of Chinese immigrants, they are a Kundiman, Lambda and Callaloo Fellow and a member of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundations writing communities. A community organizer, they have worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside and Boston, as well as helped organize the third national Asian Pacific American Spoken Word and Poetry Summit in Boston. Chen is also the co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press, 2011) and Here Is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets (Achiote Press, 2009).

Chen’s poetry has been featured at poetry readings across the country, including Poets Against Rape, Word from the Streets, and APAture Arts Festival: A Window on the Art of Young Asian Pacific Americans. Their work has been published in anthologies and journals including Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, A Face to Meet the Faces: an Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, Quarterly West, Court Green, Indiana Review, Diagram, Iron Horse Literary Review, and BorderSenses. They have won an Oscar Wilde honorable mention for “Two River Girls,” a poem from The Heart’s Traffic.

Their poem-play “The Geisha Author Interviews,” also from The Heart’s Traffic was nominated for a John Cauble Short Play Award. Chen has also been awarded residencies and fellowships from Soul Mountain Retreat, Vermont Studio Center, the Fine Arts Work Center, the Paden Institute, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Millay Colony for the Arts, the Norman Mailer Center, Ragdale Foundation and Can Serrat.

A graduate of Tufts University, Chen earned an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside and is currently completing a PhD program at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.