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Lantern Review poetry giveaway, cream city review & Ninth Letter reading in Champaign + UWM library reading for National Poetry Month!

April 11, 2013

Dear lovelies,

In honor of poetry month, Lantern Review is running a poetry giveaway on the blog where you’ll be entered to win a 1-year subscription to Asian American Literary Review and copies of Nicky Schildkraut’s collection Magnetic Refrain and Henry’s chapbook, Paradise Hunger, when you leave a comment with the name of at least one Asian American poet you love or think others should know about & you’ll be enter to The first 10 people to enter each also get a gift (a bundle of “poetry starter packs” containing prompts and snippets of ekphrastic/found inspiration). I’ve also contributed my own two picks for Asian American poet to read.

Also, catch Jewel Marie Bush’s National Poetry Month blog post for Uptown Messenger! A great list of Gil Scott-Heron’s work and shoutouts to Kundiman alumni Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, Tarfia Faizullah & me, among others!

In other recent news, I’ll be doing these upcoming readings here:

1) cream city review & Ninth Letter reading

Saturday, April 13, 5:30-7:30pm

Mike ‘n Molly’s, 105 N Market, Champaign, Illinois 61820

As part of the annual 
Boneyard Arts Festival, the University of Illinois will hold its first Visiting Writers Reading, featuring students from the PhD in Creative Writing program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and special guest Frank Montesonti, as well as students from UIUC’s MFA in Creative Writing program.

Please join us on April 13th at 5:30PM for this special event, to be held at Mike ‘n Molly’s in downtown Champaign. Learn more about our readers here:

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press) and co-editor ofThe Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press). A Kundiman and Lambda Fellow, Ching-In is part of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities, and has been a participant in Sharon Bridgforth’s Theatrical Jazz Institute. Ching-In attends the PhD program in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and is Cream City Review’s editor-in-chief.

Loretta McCormick is a native Angelino and creative writing PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she studies and writes about freakery, disability and death. She is a fiction editor for Cream City Review, and her work has appeared in The Northridge Review. 

Khaleel Gheba is an MFA candidate in Poetry, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He grew up in Maryland. He once used a poem to lift a burning car off of a baby. He’s very tired. Please don’t wake him.

Natalie Mesnard is a student in the Creative Writing program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work is forthcoming in Copper Nickel and Kenyon Review Online.

Greg Rodgers is an author and Choctaw storyteller who appears at schools, libraries, universities, museums, and tribal events throughout the country. He has written two books, The Ghost of Mingo Creek and One Dark Night in Oklahoma. Additionally, he is a contributing writer for the graphic-anthology, Trickster, an ALA Children’s Notable Book for 2011. Greg is listed as an official Smithsonian Associate and is currently a Graduate Assistant in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Kara Van de Graaf is a doctoral student in creative writing at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a miniature silverware enthusiast. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the anthology Best New Poets, Ninth Letter, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, Third Coast, Alaska Quarterly Review and other journals. She is a poetry editor for Cream City Review.  Her favorite animal is the goat.

Special guest Frank Montesonti is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Blight, Blight, Blight, Ray of Hope, winner of the 2011 Barrow Street Book Prize chosen by D.A. Powell, and the book of erasure, Hope Tree (How To Prune Fruit Trees) by Black Lawrence Press. He is also author of the chapbook, A Civic Pageant, also from Black Lawrence Press. His poems have appeared in journals such as Tin House, AQR, Black Warrior Review, Poet Lore, and Poems and Plays, among many others. A longtime resident of Indiana, he now lives in Los Angeles and teaches creative writing at National University.


2) UWM Poets Read at Library in Celebration of National Library Week

In celebration of National Library Week (April 14-20) and National Poetry Month, the UWM Libraries are hosting a poetry reading by UWM creative writing professor Susan Firer, graduate students Ching-In Chen and Elisa Karbin, and undergraduate Skyer Osborne in the Golda Meir Library’s Grind area on Tuesday, April 16 at noon.

The reading, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UWM Libraries, Department of English, and School of Information Studies.


Ching-In’s AWP 2013 Schedule

March 5, 2013

Dear friendlies,

Just arrived in Boston for the Associated Writers & Writing Programs conference @ the Hynes Convention Center & Sheraton Boston this Thursday (March 7-9 2013) until Saturday (March 9, 2013).

Below is the schedule where I’ll be over the week!

Also, you can also find my poem mash-up online in response to 2 Vietnamese children’s paintings (as part of the SpeakPeace exhibit organized by Janet Carr), newly published this week in Lantern Review‘s Hybridity issue, along with work by lovelies Sally Mao, Esther Lee, Karen An-hwei Lee & more!



MARCH 6, 2013 (Wednesday)

7:30-9pm, Flicker and Spark International Queer Anthology Offsite Reading, Boston Alliance of LGBT Youth (BAGLEY) @ the Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116, for more info or questions

MARCH 7, 2013 (Thursday)

1:30-2:45pm, Flicker and Spark International Queer Anthology Book Signing (part of AWP conference), Split This Rock Table @ AWP Book Fair, for more info or questions

8:30-11:30pm, Intersecting Lineages Offsite Reading: Poets of Color on Cross-Community Collaboration, Make Shift Boston, 549 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118,

Featuring Indigenous, African American, Arab American, Asian American and Latina/o poets engaging in creative exchange and solidarity across racial and ethnic communities. The purpose of this event is to showcase and strengthen ongoing work between these communities, including efforts by community organizations dedicated to nurturing emerging writers from these communities such as Cave Canem, Kundiman, Canto Mundo, and RAWI and Institute of American Indian Arts.

Readers include Elmaz Abinader, Kazim Ali, Kaveh Bassiri, Bryan Bearhart, Tamiko Beyer, R. Erica Doyle, Carolina Ebeid, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Tarfia Faizullah, Santee Frazier, Alison Adelle Hedge Coke, Joan Kane, Doug Kearney, Bojan Louis, Juan Luis Guzman, Farid Matuk, Philip Metres, Sham E-Ali Nayeem, Marilyn Nelson, Deborah Paredez, Soham Patel, Khadijah Queen, Luivette Resto, Afaa Michael Weaver, Andre Yang. MCs: Sherwin Bitsui, Celeste Guzman Mendoza, Hayan Charara, Ching-In Chen, and Kevin Simmonds.

Please join us in ensuring accessibility for beloved members with chemical sensitivity and chronic illness by not bringing fragrances or scents on your clothes, hair, or skin from colognes and perfumes, scented laundry detergent, hair and body products, “natural” products, and essential oils. You can prepare in advance by not using products with fragrance, or by using fragrance free, non-toxic products.

We will be passing the hat to contribute to Make Shift Boston for the use of the space, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

For more info,

MARCH 8, 2013 (Friday)

10:30-11:45am, Intersecting Lineages: Poets of Color on Cross-Community Collaboration Panel (part of AWP conference), Hynes Convention Center, Rm 209, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Inspired by collaboration between organizations mentoring poets of color (Cave Canem, Kundiman and Canto Mundo), poets from indigenous, African American, Arab American, Asian American and Latina/o communities will discuss creative exchange and solidarity amongst writers of color and their communities on this panel. There has been much focus on the exclusion of writers of color, but less attention paid to work happening organically across creative communities of color to collaboratively build the imaginative capacities of their communities. This event highlights the generative possibilities of creative exchanges amongst writers of color. SherwinBitsui, Celeste Guzman Mendoza, Hayan Charara, Ching-In Chen, andKevin Simmonds will begin by reading work by ancestor poets who are considered outside of their self-identified community/-ities. Following this, they will share their own work which highlights this kind of productive hybrid fertilizationand share their experiences to foster a conversation on how to continue this work.

For more info,

6:30-9:30pm, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics Offsite Marathon Reading, Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02116

Readers Include: Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran, Ariel Goldberg, Ching-In Chen, Cole Krawitz, Dawn Lundy Martin, EC Crandall, Eileen Myles, Eli Clare, Ely Shiply, Emerson Whitney, HR Hegnauer, Jaime Shearn Coan, Jen (Jay) Besemer, Jenny Johnson, Joy Ladin, Lilith Latini, Max Wolf Valerio, Oliver Bendorf, Samuel Ace, Stacey Waite, Stephen Burt, TC Tolbert, Tim Trace Peterson, Trish Salah, Y. Madrone, Yosmay del Mazo, Zoe Tuck

Sponsored by MTPC (Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition)

For more info,

MARCH 9, 2013 (Saturday)

6:30-8:30pm, Writers Reading from Their Work: Authors from the VONA & Las Dos Brujas Writing Communities, Make Shift Boston, 549 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118.

To promote the forthcoming VONA anthology, Dismantle; Cynthia Oka’s recent book release, Nomad of Salt and Hard Water;and celebrate community, please join us for…

Writers Reading Their Work: Authors from the VONA/Voices and Las Dos Brujas Writing Communities Share Their Writing

short readings from: Cynthia Oka, Minal Hajratwala, Andrea Walls, Camille Acker, Torrie Valentine, Jenn De Leon, Ching-In Chen, Anna Alves, Vanessa Martir, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Seve Torres, Tanya Perez-Brennan, Gail Dottin, Dionne Irving Bremyer, Buki Papillon, Alejandro Nodarse, Odilia Galvan Rodriquez, Melissa Rae Sipin-Gabon

$2-4 suggested donation for the space, no one turned away for lack of funds, snacks and wine provided, Sponsored by Thread Makes Blanket and Dinah Press

For more info,



Heading to AWP? Come visit cream city review at our table, @ AWP Book Fair, M17

We’ll have our current issue, broadsides, and back issue bundles for sale, not to mention free swag. Glorious free swag!

We’re offering three distinct bundles of back issues, each centered around a particular theme and lovingly collected by your humble editors.

The QUEER bundle contains three issues featuring the work of Richard Blanco, Ursula K. Le Guin, Audre Lorde, D.A. Powell, Antler and many others.

The NATIVE/WRITERS OF COLOR bundle is also three issues, featuring Alison Adelle Hedge Coke, Joy Harjo, Arthur Boozhoo, Frank X. Walker, Tiphanie Yanique and others.

The GREAT LAKES region bundle is three issues and offers work by B.J. Best, James Liddy, Thylias Moss, Tony Trigilio, Kathleen Rooney and more.

But that’s not all! We’re also selling broadsides from the good folks at Woodland Pattern: poems by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Sherwin Bitsui, and Frank X. Walker are all available and awaiting a spot in your luggage.

In addition to these excellent deals, we’re also hosting a twitter contest during the conference. We’re looking for your finest poem, flash, or microessay, rendered in 140 characters or less. First place receives a free year subscription to cream city review. All subsequent places receive our admiration and affection. Stop by our table for more details.

See you in Boston!
Your friends at cream city review

2 Rumors @ Playworks, Writing the Desert performance, 580 Split, Lantern Review, Revolution Starts @ Home available for pre-order!

May 29, 2010

Lots of activity as the school year wraps up!  Here’s where you can find me when I’m not hidden away, working on last-minute touches to the manuscript!

In this post, upcoming performances + new work out in the world:

1) 2 Rumors in A Bucket choreopoem as part of UC Riverside Playworks Festival this Saturday!

2) Writing the Desert Reading/Performance Friday night, June 4, 2010, 7-10pm, Culver Center for the Arts, Riverside

3) “Conjure in the Shiny City” in 580 Split

4)  Process Profile on “Olivewood Cemetery: a haibun of Riverside, California” in Lantern Review

5) The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities anthology available for pre-ordering from South End Press


1) 2 Rumors in A Bucket choreopoem as part of UC Riverside Playworks Festival this Saturday!

If you missed the last incarnation of 2 RUMORS IN A BUCKET, a choreopoem that Serena W. Lin & I have been writing, you have a chance to catch it as part of UC Riverside’s Playworks Festival this Saturday night (info below on the whole night’s program).  2 Rumors in a Bucket examines the history of “coolies” in the tradition of Sharon Bridgforth’s “jazz theater” aesthetic, incorporating movement, poetry and “found text.”  Performed by Alejandra Anaya, Elisha Balanga, Jonathan Chalucag, Daniel De Ramos, Anne Marie Iniguez,  Lynne Lee, Randy Lee, Christina Kori Marie & Michael Singh.  Directed by Justin Chao.  


Saturday 5/29 8pm at UC Riverside’s 411 Theater Lab

Therapy by Abbe Loomer Directed by Luis Carazo
Light in the Breaking by Evangeline Ganaden Directed by Joe Powers
Fly me to the Moon by Eva Konstantopoulos Directed by Diana Payne
Two Rumors in a Bucket by Ching-In Chen & Serena W. Lin Directed by Justin Chao

2) Writing the Desert Reading/Performance Friday night, June 4, 2010, 7-10pm, Culver Center for the Arts, Riverside

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.

The Writing the Desert Project 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 Abitu, 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.

The event will be held at a limited engagement at the new UCR Culver Center of the Arts. Because of the special nature of this event, an RSVP is required by Thursday, 6/3 by e-mailing or calling Shane Shukis at or 951-827-1467.

MAUREEN ALSOP is the author of two full-length collections Apparition Wren (Main Street Rag), The Diction of Moths (Ghost Road Press, forthcoming) and four chapbooks. She has lived in the desert oasis of Palm Springs for the past ten years.

KHADIJA ANDERSON, writer, Butoh dancer, and MFA candidate at Antioch University returned in 2008 to her native Los Angeles after 18 years exile in Seattle. Khadija’s poetry has been published widely in print and online. She lives in Altadena up against the mountains and spends much time in the desert with her family. She is a 2011 Pushcart Prize Nominee.

JACKIE BANG is a lyric essayist who wishes she were a detective. She has been an acoustic punk street musician, the lead singer of a band that played one show, a waitron and an aging bartender (gender purposefully obscured). When she is not assessing the phonics of other people’s whipper snappers as they read Little Bear, or helping the girls, L and E, make glowing slime out of cornstarch, she teaches detective fundamentals and empathetic poetics at a junior college near you.

CHING-IN CHEN is the author of The Heart’s Traffic. Ching-In grew up in the land of ocean and snow and so has acclimated to the desert by creating her own maps with adopted community and falling in love with the desert-based creations of artists like Noah Purifoy and Flora Kao.

NICELLE DAVIS has lived in many different high desert locations. If she could, she would dress herself only with the dirt of the southwest landscape. Her poems have appeared in several print and online journals. She runs an online poetry workshop at

EVANGELINE GANADEN is a poet whose lyrics of loss, isolation, separation and displacement, and the courage that sustains immigrants in their struggle for identity shape her work. She connects with the desert as a place of contradictions, of profound beauty and desolation.

SCOTT HERNANDEZ was raised on a small farm in southern California. His poems have appeared in Mosaic, Spectrum, The Red Wheel Barrow, Acentos, Cipactli, and the California Poetry collection. His new chapbook entitled “Placasos y Retablos” is out Fall 2010.

K. WALLACE LONGSHORE is a resident of the Mount Rubidoux Manor Retirement Community. A retired political publicist, age eighty-two, and a bilateral below the knee amputee, he received the 2009 Mayor’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the The Mayor’s Commission on Aging. He thinks of himself as a “desert rat.” For him the American arid Southwest is a geography and landscape for greatness. It’s far horizons invite the prophetic view: it cries out for inspired voices. The arid Southwest is the matrix from which a new American greatness can arise.

NAN MA was born in Beijing and moved to Dallas, Texas, when she was fourteen. She enjoys writing creative essays in Chinese and would like to write a novel in English. To her, the desert is a landscape of transformation and poetic paradoxes.

KAITLIN MANRY is working toward her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of California Riverside. She writes nonfiction and poetry. She has lived in Maryland, Florida, Ohio, Zimbabwe and Washington State. This is her first desert.

DOUGLAS MCCULLOH is a visual artist who tends to combine images and text. His fourth book, Dream Street, was published in 2009 by Heyday Books, Berkeley. The son of a geologist, he grew up tramping through the deserts of the American West.

RUTH NOLAN is a Mojave Desert native who writes poetry and prose and is editor of “Phantom Seed,” a journal of desert-based writing. She teaches at College of the Desert, and is editor of No Place for a Puritan: the Literature of California’s Deserts (Heyday Books, 2009). She lives in Palm Desert.

ERIC SHONKWILER is a Midwestern transplant currently living in Riverside. He writes novels, for the most part, and is drawn to the desert for its desolate beauty, particularly the kind that comes from the evacuation of man.

JIE TIAN is an MFA candidate in poetry at UC, Riverside. She is working on a collection of poems for her MFA thesis, and on a novel tentatively titled Journey among the Ghosts. Coming from a place in China that’s green and misty almost all-year round, she is pleased to find — “desert is my home” here in Southern California.

Writing the Desert workshop is generously supported by the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at UC Riverside and the City of Riverside.

3) “Conjure in the Shiny City” in 580 Split

Just received my contributor’s copies of Issue 12 of 580 Split, a beautiful journal out of Mills College.  My poem “Conjure in the Shiny City” has great company with old friends Aimee Suzara, Nina Corwin, Amir Rabiyah, Maiana Minahal, Sharline Chiang & others!

4) Process Profile on “Olivewood Cemetery: a haibun of Riverside, California” in Lantern Review

My reflections on the composition process for writing “Olivewood Cemetery: a haibun of Riverside, California on the Lantern Review blog (in good company with other Kundiman poets Tamiko Beyer, R. A. Villanueva & Janine Joseph)

5) The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities anthology available for pre-ordering from South End Press

Amazing!  After 5 years of hard work with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha & Jai Dulani, it’s live on the South End Press website.  It’s not out until 2011, but you can support by pre-ordering from South End Press!:-)

The Revolution Starts at Home (Paperback original)

Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities
Ching-In Chen (Editor), Jai Dulani (Editor), and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Editor)
Released 2011-03-01
The extent of the violence affecting our communities is staggering. Nearly one in three women in the United States will experience intimate violence in her lifetime. And while intimate violence affects relationships across the sexuality and gender spectrums, the likelihood of isolation and irreparable harm, including death, is even greater within LGBTQI communities. To effectively resist violence out there—in the prison system, on militarized borders, or other clear encounters with “the system”—we must challenge how it is reproduced right where we live. It’s one thing when the perpetrator is the police, the state, or someone we don’t know. It’s quite another when that person is someone we call a friend, lover, and trusted ally.

Based on the popular zine that had reviewers and fans alike demanding more, The Revolution Starts at Home finally breaks the dangerous silence surrounding the “open secret” of intimate violence—by and toward caretakers, in romantic partnerships, and in friendships—within social justice movements. This watershed collection compiles stories and strategies from survivors and their allies, documenting a decade of community accountability work and delving into the nitty-gritty of creating safety from abuse without relying on the prison industrial complex.

Fearless, tough-minded, and ultimately loving, The Revolution Starts at Home offers life-saving alternatives for ensuring survivor safety while building a road toward a revolution where no one is left behind.

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic. Kundiman Fellow Jai Dulani is an interdisciplinary storyteller and activist/educator. Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is the author of Consensual Genocide.