Posts Tagged ‘Conversant’

Sam Houston State University MFA reading + Conversant

November 11, 2015

Happy to be reading Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. in Sam Houston State University’s Peabody Memorial Library (adjacent to Austin Hall) as part of the MFA program’s on-going reading series.


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


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

March 8, 2015

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

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

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

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

Join us! This is a free event.


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

AWP: where you’ll find Ching-In

February 25, 2014

Dear friendlies attending AWP &/or in Seattle,

Here’s where you can find me! During the daytime, I’ll be helping out at the AWP bookfair.

If you’re not planning on attending the conference, the bookfair is free to the public on Saturday. You can find me at the cream city review table (CC10); the VONA/Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation table to promote the new VONA anthology, Dismantle; and the Conversant/Essay Press table (I’m going to be joining the Conversant as one of the new senior editors!)

I’ll also be participating in two free offsite readings – a Thursday night Poetic Justice reading at Left Bank Books and a Friday night Lambda Fellows reading, celebrating the release of The 25 for 25 anthology, Lambda’s 25th Anniversary e-book anthology (info below).

Hope to see you in Seattle!



Heading to AWP? Come visit cream city review at our table, CC10, at the bookfair (Thursday, Feb. 27 until Sat, March 1)

We’ll have our most current issues and we’re bringing back last year’s popular back issue bundles for sale. We’ll also have some free swag!

We’re offering three distinct bundles of back issues, each centered around a particular theme.


The QUEER bundle showcases work by queer writers in issues 28.1, 29.2 and 33.2, including Jennifer Perrine, Richard Blanco, Lydia Melvin (Metta Sama), Rane Arroyo, Ellen Bass, Elizabeth Bradfield, Qwo-Li Driskill, Rita Mae Reese and many others!

The TERRA bundle, inspired by native writers and writers from various geographies and diasporas, includes issues 27.1, 27.2, and 31.1 and writers such as Allison Hedge Coke, Jaswinder Bolina, Heid E. Erdrich, Allison Joseph, Dilruba Ahmed, Diane Glancy, Esther Lee, Joy Harjo, Mark Turcotte, Gordon Henry and many others!


Our RETRO bundle features back-in-the day issues 11.2, 19.2 and 20.1&2 (20th anniversary), celebrating Amiri Baraka, Stuart Dybek, Denise Levertov, Marilyn Hacker, Audre Lorde, Ursula K. Le Guin, Cris Mazza and others!


$10 for one, $15 for two, and $20 for three (feel free to mix-and-match!)

Want to have the bundles shipped?

$12 for one, $18 for two, and $25 for three


Stop by our table for a visit!

See you in Seattle!
Your friends at cream city review


AWP Offsite Event: Poetic Justice: An Evening of Radical Poetry

Thursday, February 27, 2014 9-11pm @ Left Bank Books Collective

92 Pike St, Seattle, Washington 98101

Hosted by Ching-In Chen and Victorio Reyes

Featured Readers:
Victorio Reyes, Ching-In Chen, Patricia Killealea, and Tara Betts.

In the words of the late, great June Jordan, “poetry is a political act”. In the spirit of June Jordan, Poetic Justice – an evening of radical poetry, aims to provide a space for the celebration of poetry as a vehicle for social change. History has seen a long and humbling list of poets that have used their writing as a means and conduit for changing minds, revealing truths, and healing wounds. Despite the deep and rich history of radical poetics, there is still a skepticism of such work in some literary circles. Adrienne Rich wrote: “I came out first as a political poet… under the taboo against so-called political poetry in the US”. As we continue the tradition of greats like Jordan and Rich, Poetic Justice, will be one small event to help build a forum for a bright future in radical poetry, one that is cognizant of its great tradition.

The organizers of the event ask that guests join us in making the event more accessible to those wishing to attend who have multiple chemical sensitivities by not carrying fragrances or scents on your clothes, hair, or skin.

For more information:

Bios of the featured readers:

Tara Betts is an author, a Ph.D. candidate at Binghamton University, and a Cave Canem fellow. Tara’s poetry and prose has appeared in various journals and anthologies. She has also contributed to interdisciplinary collaborations such as John Sims’ “Recoloration Proclamation” and “Rhythm of Structure” installations, filmmaker Nijla Mu’min, and Peggy Choy Dance Company’s “THE GREATEST: An Afro-Asian Tribute to Muhammad Ali” among others. Her work has a appeared in:Essence, the Steppenwolf Theater production “Words on Fire,” Obsidian III, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, PMS, Bellevue Literary Review, Meridians, Drum Voices Revue, WSQ, Columbia Poetry Review, Ninth Letter, Hanging Loose, and Drunken Boat. See more at:

Patricia Killelea is a mixed-heritage Chicana poet, musician, and scholar. She is the author of the poetry collection Other Suns, which is available from Swan Scythe Press (2011), and is currently a Ph.D Candidate in Native American Studies at the University of California at Davis. She holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and English, also from UC Davis. Originally from the Bay Area, CA, she has taught the Introduction to Native American Literature course at UC Davis since Fall 2009, and she also teaches Creative Writing at Solano College. A former artist-in-residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Patricia has recently completed her second manuscript, titled Counterglow, and is currently producing experimental video poems. Find out more about her work at

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi/Red Hen Press, 2009) and a multi-genre, border-crossing writer. Child of Chinese immigrants, they are a Kundiman, Lambda and Norman Mailer Poetry 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. 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). In Milwaukee, they are cream city review’s editor-in-chief.

Victorio Reyes is an activist and artist. Reyes was featured in the anthology of emerging writers: Chorus, published by MTV Books and edited by Saul Williams. His poems are forthcoming or have been published in the Acentos Review, Mobius, and Word Riot. He holds an MFA degree from The Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches poetry classes at Siena College. Reyes will serve on a panel entitled “Uncovering Hip Hop Poetry” at the upcoming AWP Conference. He was a member of the Hip Hop group, Broadcast Live; the group’s most recent release, Boomerang Metropolis, reached #25 on the College Music Journal Hip Hop Charts. Blending his writing and activism, Reyes has also been the executive director of The Social Justice Center of Albany (SJC) for the past 8 years.


25 for 25 Lambda Fellows Reading

Friday, February 28, 2014, 6-9pm, R Place Bar and Gril

619 E Pine St, Seattle, Washington 98122


The Lambda Literary Foundation presents the 25 for 25 Lambda Fellows Reading and Reunion.

Featured readers include:
Ames Hawkins
Brandy Wilson
Monica Carter
Cooper Lee Bombardier
Ching-In Chen
Meg Day
Tommy Theollyn

The 25 for 25 anthology, celebrates LLF’s 25th Anniversary. The E-Book features works by some of our community’s leading authors and original introductions by emerging writers they’ve influenced, many from the Lambda’s Emerging Voices Retreats.

Join us for this extraordinary reading and stay to meet some of Lambda’s Fellows.