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{NYC] Process Talk at Asian American Writers’ Workshop: Jaswinder Bolina, Ching-In Chen, Bich Minh Nguyen, & Timothy Yu Tonight!

June 20, 2016

Monday, June 20, 7-9pm

Asian American Writers’ Workshop (110-112 W 27th Street, Suite 600)

Come through for our first installment of Process Talks—a salon-style multimedia show-n-tell—where innovative poets and novelists will screen the images that have been haunting their writing and discuss their writing process. We’re featuring award-winning poets Jaswinder Bolina, Ching-In Chen, Timothy Yu, and novelist Bich Minh Nguyen, all four of whom join us in a rare visit from out of town.

Poet Jaswinder Bolina is author of Phantom Camera (winner of the 2012 Green Rose Prize in Poetry from New Issues Press) and Carrier Wave (winner of the 2006 Colorado Prize for Poetry from the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University). His work has been published in The Best American Poetry series, as well as The Poetry Foundation, The State, and Himal Southasian. He currently teaches on the faculty of the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at the University of Miami.

A genderqueer, multi-genre writer Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi/Red Hen Press, 2009). A Kundiman, Lambda, and Callaloo Fellow, they are a community organizer who has worked in Asian American communities in San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside and Boston, and co-organized 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). Check out Hana Maruyama writing about Ching-In’s explorations of the zuihitsu in The Margins.

Director of the Asian American Studies Program at UW-Madison, Timothy Yu is the author of 100 Chinese Silences, the editor’s selection in the Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest, and of Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry since 1965 (Stanford), winner of the Book Award in Literary Studies from the Association for Asian American Studies. Check out two of his poems in The Margins.

Bich Minh Nguyen is the author of three books: Short Girls, a novel, which won an American Book Award winner in fiction and a Library Journal best book of the year; Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, a memoir, received the PEN/Jerard Award from the PEN American Center and was a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year, as well as a finalist for AAWW’s own Asian American Literary Award. Her newest novel is Pioneer Girl, a literary mystery about a second-generation Vietnamese daughter and her family and their ties to The Little House on the Prairie.


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.


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.

@ Kundiman w/Li-Young Lee

June 25, 2013

@ Kundiman w/Li-Young Lee

MA Poetry Festival, part of Kundiman Revolution & Art reading Saturday!

May 1, 2013
I’ll be part of a contingent of Kundiman folks at the upcoming Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, MA.  If you’re in the nabe, come on by:

* Featured Kundiman Events/Readings:

Asian American Poetry: Beyond LaChoy

11:00 – 12:00pm on Saturday, May 4 in Hawthorne Hotel, Essex Room 

What is Asian-American poetry? It is a question that follows every Asian-American poet. Of course, responses vary from individual to individual, from generation to generation. But what better way to know than to listen, since, as a rule in good poetry, it’s better to describe than to tell? Contemporary Asian-American poets will read from their books, illustrating how Asian-American poetry has shifted and evolved. It is no longer the miniature Asian Food aisle in U.S. supermarkets, stocked with LaChoy easy-to-prepare meals and Asian-inspired sauces.


Revolution and Art: Ekphrasis by Kundiman/Asian-American Poets

Track: Pre-Registered Event
Tags ekphrastic poetry 
12:15 – 1:15pm on Saturday, May 4 in Peabody Essex Museum Bartlet 

Every work of art is an act of revolution. It is a change in perception; changes perception; leads to profound change. Delving into the Asian Arts collection at the Peabody Essex Museum, Kundiman Asian American poets will attempt to create tiny sparks of revolution through ekphrasis, commentary on visual art. They will explore and respond to museum work in the context of their hyphenated heritage, and to pay homage to the historical and literary wealth and of Massachusetts. Introductions by Joseph Legaspi.

Collaborative Poetries w/Flora Kao @ Writing the Desert, Asia Writes & Delirious Hem, Kundiman edition wrap-up!

June 4, 2010

Yesterday, at our last picnic for poetry workshop on the last day of classes of my MFA, I told my teacher Juan Felipe Herrera that had it not been for his poetry workshop that first quarter, I would have left this program.

Today, I put the finishing touches on my manuscript and have felt gratitude for all that I’ve come across here.  In this last year, I’ve been having a conversation with this particular landscape — the desert.  One of the beautiful things about this year has been being introduced to the stunning of work of visual artists like Noah Purifoy and Flora Kao — and engaging with their work through writing.  I’m also lucky that I’ve found writing peers who have been up for adventure, for fugue-ing with each other.

Six of us — Nicelle Davis, Evangeline Ganaden, Scott Hernandez, Kaitlin Manry, Jie Tian, & myself — have been writing poetic response to Flora Kao‘s desert paintings for the last few weeks & then Flora has returned the favor by creating visual images in response to our poems.  We will share some of this work as part of the Writing the Desert showcase on Friday night.

My favorite of Flora’s images made in response to our poems here:

Flora Kao's response to Writing the Desert Poetry

Writing the Desert

Literary Reading

June 4th 7-10pm

UCR Culver Center of the Arts

3834 Main Street

Riverside, CA 92501


or 951-827-1467

The Writing the Desert literary reading is an extension of UCR Sweeney Art Gallery’s collaboration with the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts project Dry Immersion 3 ( Writing the Desert brings together writers and visual artists interested in exploring the unique landscapes, ecologies, communities and aesthetic possibilities of the desert, with a special attention to the desert regions of Southern California.

The event will be a literary reading and display of artwork created by a group of writers and artists from Riverside during a one-month workshop and collaboration process. Featuring the work of Ricky Abity, Maureen Alsop, Khadija Anderson, Jackie Bang, Ching-In Chen, Nicelle Davis, Evangeline Ganaden, Scott Hernandez, Flora Kao, K. Wallace Longshore, Leora Lutz, Ruth Nolan, Nan Ma, Kaitlin Manry, Douglas McCulloh, Eric Shonkwiler, Jie Tian, Juan Valdivia and Masker Walters.


Also, new poems up this week at Asia Writes, a very supportive website for Asian writers writing in English.

& the final round of the Kundiman edition of Delirious Hem is up!  It’s been such a treat to read the words of my brilliant peers & their reflections/thinkings/engagements with their poetic lineages.  This final round features Alison Roh Park on survival tactics as a woman of color poet, Addie Tsai on discovering Sarah Gambito, R.A. Villanueva’s conversation with Janine Joseph on memory & poetics, Vanessa Huang on the Kundiman invocations for Melissa Roxas & Melissa Roxas on the Poetry of Evidence.

California Sightings & Delirious Hem, Kundiman Edition

May 23, 2010

Received scrap this week from a friend — “count down/up to take off for another world.” The clock is ticking on my time left in California so some last-minute adventures with my book below:

1) Jubilee/Molossus Showcase Sunday, May 23 @ 1pm @ the Silver Lake Jubilee’s Literary Village with Monica Carter & Jamey Hecht!

2) Press Release Reading as part of Saturation Art & Music Festival @ the Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave. Event is 12-4pm, I’ll be reading in the 1st hour.


Check out We all Belong to a Love Song Called Kundiman, the 1st 2 rounds of Delirious Hem, Kundiman edition, which I curated after contributing a blog post of my own in February. I was curious to see what my fellow Kundiman poets had to say and have been amazed by their insightful, funny, fabulous, gorgeous, fierce and kind words about what they love, their poetic ancestors, each other’s work and more. Check out Tamiko Beyer’s ruminations on Myung Mi Kim, Purvi Shah on the revolutionary potential of the love poem, a delicious lyric essay by Beatrix Yael Villafranca, Cynthia Arrieu-King’s provocative poems, Bushra Rehman on Gloria Anzaldúa, Jai Arun Ravine & Margaret Rhee on each other’s work & Soham Patel on Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge. Round 3 set to go up later this week!

Thanks for reading!

Decolonial Poetics*, Kundiman West Salon, Third Area & Writing the Desert – Call for Participants!

April 26, 2010

To all I’ve met this week –

Thank you for your lighted words.  Thank you for your ready ears.  Thank you for your gracious hellos.  Thank you for your smiling hands.

Hope to see you this week too!  (Also, looking for a few more community writers for the Writing the Desert project – deadline extended to this Wednesday, April 28 – info @ the bottom of this message!)

Where I’ll be this week:

Monday April 26, 2010: 3-5pm

Decolonial Poetics* Reading/Discussion

a reading & discussion on a collaborative decolonial poetics* project by Ching-In Chen & Tamiko Beyer (read by Ching-In Chen & Panida Lorlertratna)

INTN 4043 (Ethnic Studies Conference Room),

University of California at Riverside

Inspired by the examples of other queer women of color who were writing collectively, Ching-In Chen & Tamiko Beyer’s collaboration began as a response to participation in a panel organized by poet and scholar Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, entitled “Decolonial Poetics: Womanist, Indigenous, and Queer Poets of Color on the Art of Decolonization (also with ku’ualoha ho’omanawanui, Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano, Susan Deer Cloud, and Lisa Suhair Majaj) at the recent Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference last month in Denver.

We began by reading/thinking about the work of certain poetic ancestors, including Larissa Lai, Larissa Lai, Rita Wong, Cathy Park Hong, Eric Gamalinda, Haas Mroue, Judy Tzu-Chun Wu writing about the physician Margaret Chung, Kristin Naca, Pepón Osorio, Romel Joseph & June Jordan, writing two different poemstrands by exchanging work via e-mail and then using a collaborative revising process where we wove our words together. 

Sponsored by the Mellon Group on Decolonization Studies

* a phrase Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán has coined *

Wednesday April 28, 2010: 7-9pm

Kundiman West, Flying Fists Collective + Habi Arts

invite you to a

Kundiman Reading & Salon celebrating Asian American poetry!

Featuring Melissa Roxas, Nicky Schildkraut, Ngoc Luu, Jackson Bliss, Oliver de la Paz

+ a salon celebrating Asian American poetry (bring a poem by your favorite Asian American poet + your own to share!)
Emceed by Neil Aitken & Ching-In Chen.

Casa Princesa

4527 York Blvd

Los Angeles, CA

(323) 474-6860
$3 – 10 suggested donation — to benefit Kundiman (no one turned away for lack of funds).

Thursday April 29, 2010


Oliver de la Paz, Ching-In Chen, Neil Aitken and William Archila 



2525 Michigan Avenue

Santa Monica, CA  90404

310.828.0211 tel

Doors open 7:15 p.m. / Reading begins at 8 p.m.

$5 donation recommended.  Come early for nibbles and assorted beverages.

Frank Pictures Gallery


Writing the Desert – Call for Community Writers

workshop and reading

Workshop: Saturday, May 1st 12-5 pm

UCR California Museum of Photography

Reading: June 4th 7pm,

UCR Culver Center of the Arts

UCR Sweeney Art Gallery invites writers and poets to apply to participate in its Writing the Desert workshop. Writing the Desert will bring together people interested in exploring the unique landscapes, ecologies, communities and aesthetic possibilities of the desert, with a special attention to the desert regions of Southern California.

The first part will be a workshop between accepted applicants and members of the University of California-Riverside’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing for a one-day workshop collaboration. The workshop will take place on Saturday May 1st, from 12-5 pm. UCR MFA writers will lead discussions on topics related to writing about the idea of the desert in various contexts: Language, Visual Art, and Landscape and the re-assembly of identity, community and place; Landscape and place in poetry in the works of Eastern (Chinese and Japanese) and American poets that explore techniques of perspective and perception; constructing nonfiction pieces rooted in the landscape; and other topics.

The workshop will also allow for discussion about the presentation topics, and time for the participants to explore shared areas of interest in relation to the idea of the desert. Optional field trips to various desert sites may be planned at this time as well.

Workshop participants will read original work produced from the workshop at a limited engagement event to be held inside the new UCR Culver Center of the Arts on June 4th.

To apply, please submit the following to by April 28: 1. Contact information; 2. Writing sample (2-5 pages); Statement of intent explaining why you wish to be a part of the project (200 words). Applicants from the City of Riverside are highly encouraged, but applicants from Riverside County are also welcome.

AWP schedule, Poetry Giveaway, 3 Riverside Chinatown poems in Tidal Basin Review

April 5, 2010

Gearing up for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference coming up this week in Denver.  Wow, I feel tired before my plane even leaves, but am excited to see old writing friends from across the country and will be interesting to re-visit a place I made my home a very long time ago.

A very busy poetry month, but am making time to participate in the Writing a Daily Poem by sending one poem a postcard a day to Kundiman folks across the country & by continuing with the Grind, a ever-changing group of writers who commit to sending writing on a daily basis to each other.  Also, am excited about sharing the work I’ve been doing with fellow Kundiman poet Tamiko Beyer on a weekly decolonial poetics exchange at AWP (see  Decolonial Poetics panel below!)

I also heard about Kelli Agodon’s Poetry Giveaway where we give away one book of our own and another by a poet we admire through Poemeleon.  If anyone is interested in these books below, post your name in the comment boxes below (a way to find you if you win) and I’ll pick a random winner at the end of April and will mail the books to you for free.  I will give away my book, The Heart’s Traffic, and Cathy Park Hong‘s Dance Dance Revolution. Hong creates her own dialect (a desert language compiled from an amalgamation of 300 tongues), landscape, geography, history — a poetic sequence in a way that takes my breath away. I find her work exciting because it pushes aesthetically towards a border poetics that is political and engages what’s going on in the world today in a way that I would like to aspire to.

Also, I feel lucky that 3 poems from my Riverside Chinatown series — “Killed Memory Together,” “Instructions from the Postcard Maker,” & “3. Breakfast Tray” have found a home in the gorgeous inaugural issue of Tidal Basin Review.

Happy poetry month!

My AWP Schedule, or where to look me up in Denver:

Wed., April 7th
8-11pm, Kundiman/Cave Canem Reading & Salon, Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St. Denver, CO
Join the Cave Canem & Kundiman Families for a Reading Featuring Toi Derricotte, Paisley Rekdal, Cornelius Eady, Oliver de la Paz, Dawn Lundy Martin & Kazim Ali + a salon featuring Cave Canem and Kundiman fellows & family (bring a poem to share!)  Emceed by Ching-In Chen & Tara Betts.

Thurs. April 8th
9-10:15am, Rooms 301, 302, Colorado Convention Center, Street Level
R117. Decolonial Poetics: Womanist, Indigenous, and Queer Poets of Color on the Art of Decolonization. (Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, ku’ualoha ho’omanawanui, Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano, Susan Deer Cloud, Ching-In Chen w/Tamiko Beyer, Lisa Suhair Majaj) Many poets of color see art playing a vital role in the decolonization of our bodies, cultures, and landbases. In what ways do we use writing as an act of re-creation, alongside other forms of activism, organizing, and spirituality, by which to undo centuries of white supremacist, capitalist, and heteropatriarchal intrusions into the workings of our communities? How does poetry serve to decolonize our lives, and how must we decolonize our poetic traditions in order to live?

Fri. April 9th.
1-2pm — Book Signing, Red Hen Press Table, C1-C4, Exhibit Hall A

Sat. April 10th
10:30-11:45am – Room 201, Colorado Convention Center, Street Level
S132. Re-writing America: Complicating the Poetics of Identity. (Neelanjana Banerjee, Hayan Charara, Samantha Thornhill, Ching-In Chen, Tim Hernandez, Summi Kaipa) Even as the minority surges towards the majority in making up the New America, poets seek out the nurturing spaces of ethno-literary organizations like Kundiman and Cave Canem. Popular ethnic-specific anthologies are being published each year. Yet the work coming out of these cultural boundaries is incredibly diverse in style and influence. This panel examines the ways in which hyphenated American poets are rethinking the concept of identity and, in turn, shaping the national zeitgeist.

1:30-2:30pmBook Signing, Red Hen Press Table, C1-C4, Exhibit Hall A

Split this Rock w/Kundiman, Arktoi Reading @ Ruskin + Shiny City, writing tip up!

March 11, 2010

Dear friends,

I have a sweatshirt that I still wear from my days in the Bay from my old activist group, Chin Jurn Wor Ping (Moving Forward for Peace).  On the back is a logo from I Wor Kuen, an activist Asian American group in the 1970’s.  On the front, a design that an artist in our group created for us, which says From Roots to Revolution.

As I get closer to another transition in my life of leaving Riverside and finishing up my MFA program, I hope to remember my roots, both in community and in my writing.


Some new writing up:

— the first poem from my shiny city project — Shiny City, Origins

— a writing tip for Writers at Work

& thank you to Nicelle Davis for a review of The Heart’s Traffic on the Pank blog:  Ching-In Chen’s The Heart’s Traffic (and Quantum Physics as explained on YouTube): A Review by Nicelle Davis

& two upcoming readings/performances details below!

1) 7 & 7 Poets Celebrate Kundiman’s 7th Year 3/11 @ Split This Rock in Washington DC

2) Arktoi Reading @ Ruskin in LA 3/14


7 & 7: 7 Poets Celebrate Kundiman’s 7th Year @ Split This Rock Poetry Festival

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Location:  True Reformer Building-1 , Washington, DC  as part of the Split This Rock Poetry Festival


Kundiman poets Hossannah Asuncion, Ching-In Chen, Janine Joseph, Joseph O. Legaspi, Alison Roh Park, Soham Patel, & Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai gather to showcase a provocative range of voices and aesthetics engaging in a poetic conversation about building the imaginative capacity of our communities. Kundiman is dedicated to nurturing emerging Asian American poetry. In a culture where the lives and voices of Asian Americans are often marginalized or excluded, Kundiman works to overturn this inequality by creating a community where Asian American poets can articulate our struggles, possibilities, and liberation.


Red Hen Press Reading Series
Poetry at the Ruskin
, Sunday, March 14th, 2pm
The Ruskin Art Club
800 South Plymouth Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Featured Readers are from Arktoi Books:
Ching-In Chen and Elizabeth Bradfield

Eloise Klein Healy moderating

Ching-In’s AWP Schedule

February 11, 2009

Come & say hi if you’re going to AWP!


Thursday, February 11, 2009.  7-9:30pm

Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging Writers Reading & Reception

Gerber-Hart Library and Archives, 1127 W. Granville, Chicago IL

(adjacent to the red Line “Granville” stop).
Free, including drinks and hors d’oeuvres


Reception and readings by Lambda Emerging Writers Retreat Fellows Kathie Bergquist, Ching-In Chen, Charles Rice-Gonzales, RJ Gibson, Ely Shipley, Griselda Suarez, Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran, Cole Krawitz, Anne Laughlin and Ruben Quesada. There will be a free copy of the book, A Field Guide to Gay and Lesbian Chicago, given to the first 100 guests.

Friday, February 13, 2009. 12-1:15pm
Panel, “Kundiman Kindles the Flame: New Asian American Poetry”

(Oliver de la Paz, Aimee Nezhukmatathil, Jennifer Chang, Timothy Yu, Neil Aitken, Ching-In Chen) Kundiman, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the creation, cultivation, and promotion of Asian-American poetry celebrates the achievements of its fellows, faculty, and its founders. During this panel, Kundiman fellows Ching-In Chen (The Heart’s Traffic). Neil Aitken (The Lone Country of Sight) and Timothy Yu (Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry Since 1965) will read a selection of poems. They will also share the stage with their Kundiman faculty and staff members who are also celebrating the arrival of new poetry book collections. Additionally, members of the panel will briefly discuss the mission of Kundiman as an organization and share some information about the summer retreat.
Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference

Lake Ontario, 8th Floor, Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL
Info: Joseph O Legaspi with Kundiman,

Friday, February 13, 2009, 3-4pm

The Heart’s Traffic Booksigning at Red Hen Press Table (522)

Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference

Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL

Saturday, February 14, 10:30-11:30am

The Heart’s Traffic Booksigning at Red Hen Press Table (522)

Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference

Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL
(Note: Members of the public can attend the bookfair free on Saturday!)

Sunday, February 15, 4:30pm

Women & Children First Presents Lesbian Poets!

Readings and reception with emerging and established lesbian poets including Achy Obejas, Ching-In Chen, Nickole Brown and Tamiko Beyer.

Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark, Chicago IL

Free, includes refreshments