“It had always been that one of Norton’s fondest dreams—the dream, I think, of many brilliant and overextended men—was that one month, or one year, he’d find himself in a warm place with absolutely no commitments.”
Join us for the sixth session of Poetry Poetry and hear readings by four thrilling poets: Esther Lin, Michelle Lin, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Tommy Pico. These poets are pushing the edges of poetic theory, form, and politics, interrogating the legacies of Asian American immigration, queer identity, settler colonialism, and racial trauma. If you can’t make it, make sure to watch our livestream on our Facebook page.
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Esther Lin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for 21 years. She is a 2017–19 Wallace Stegner Fellow, winner of the Crab Orchard Review’s 2018 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, recipient of the inaugural Undocupoets fellowship, and was a 2015 Emerging Poet at Poets House. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Adroit, Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, Drunken Boat, the Missouri Review, Vinyl, and elsewhere.
Michelle Lin’s debut poetry-collection, A House Made of Water (Sibling Rivalry Press 2017), is a dreamlike exploration of daughterhood, exile, and Asian American identity. As Cathy Lihn Che writes: “Elusive, but tactile, the collection wrestles beautifully with trauma and our inherited stories, seeking transformation throughout. What I love most is the intimacy of detail: the difficult weight of memory, the exquisite relief of disclosure.” Michelle’s poems can be found in Apogee, Asian American Literary Review, and on AAWW’s The Margins. A Kundiman Fellow, Michelle serves as Poetry Reader for Twelfth House Journal and works for API Legal Outreach.
Poet and activist, Dawn Lundy Martin cofounded the Third Wave Foundation and the post-theorist Black Took Collective. She is also the author of Good Stock Strange Blood (Coffee House Books 2016), of which Anna Moschovakis writes: “Martin’s tender and defiant gesture in these unshakable poems is to open and open, relentlessly, into rage and desire, into blackness and ‘blackness’ ... into an AfroFuture where ‘existence inside of both loss and abundance’ might no longer feel impossible... I want everyone … to read this book.” Her other collections include Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books 2015), the Nightboat Books Prize-winning Discipline (Nightboat 2011), and A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia 2007), a Cave Canem winner and finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. The winner of the May Sarton Prize, Martin has taught at the University of Pittsburgh, The New School, and Bard College. Listen to her read three poems here.
Tommy Pico’s newest poetry collection Nature Poem (Tin House 2017) explores Teebs―a queer American Indian hipster-poet who’s more in love with the big city than stereotypical fantasies of nature. A vital intervention into pastoral poetry, the book engages with the legacies of settler colonialism and manifest destiny and also chronicles Teebs’s attempt to engage with nature through his own voice. Alexander Chee calls the book a “thrilling punk rock epic that is a tour of all we know and can't admit to,” and says that Tommy “is determined to blow your mind apart, and . . . you should let him.” The book was named one of the year’s most anticipated books by Publishers Weekly and BuzzFeed. The founder and editor-in-chief of the antiracist/queer collective birdsong, Tommy’s previous books include IRL (Birds LLC 2016) and absentMINDR (VERBALVISUAL, 2014), the first chapbook APP published for iOS mobile/tablet devices. A Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow and a Lambda fellow, Tommy was originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation and now lives in Brooklyn, where he co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude.
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Nearly 90% of the books reviewed by the New York Times are written by white writers. In a scintillating performance debut, the AAWW Margins Fellows will play with language to drag the literary institution and each other. They may come in drag. Dragons will be provided on request.
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The Asian American Writers' Workshop is the preeminent national arts nonprofit dedicated to the belief that Asian American stories deserve to be told. Our fellowships materially improve the lives of emerging writers of color through an innovative mix of re-granting, publication, and career development. Since 2010, we have contracted to pay $141,500 to 34 emerging Asian American writers. The Margins Fellowship incubates emerging Asian American creative writers, while the Open City Fellowship fosters Asian American nonfiction writers telling stories about inequality in low-income Asian immigrant neighborhoods in New York City. Taken together, these fellowships articulate our wide vision of Asian American writing as combining both excellent literary fiction and poetry and the stories directly from our community. You can read more about our fellows here.Jyothi Natarajan is managing editor at the Asian American Writers' Workshop where she edits The Margins, an arts and ideas magazine featuring the work of Asian American writers, artists, and thinkers. She was previously an editor at the Caravan magazine, and prior to that worked in book publishing at The New Press.
Mariam Bazeed began her life a statistic of economic expatriation in the Persian Gulf. A writer of prose, poetry, and thinly-disguised memoir, Mariam is currently pursuing an MFA in Fiction at Hunter College, where she is at work on her first novel-ish. She has been the recipient of the Hedgebrook Women's Writing Residency, the Marble House Writing Residency, the Helix Performance Network's NEEDING IT fellowship at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and has been a featured poet at the Bowery Poetry Club. Mariam's first play, PEACE CAMP ORG, debuted in a workshop performance at La Mama Theater in New York City. She was recently accepted into the 2017 class of the Hemispheric Institute's EmergeNYC fellowship for performance and politics. In her writing Mariam is concerned with themes of migration, death, death, also death, sickness, death, and the estrangements particular to love and family. Mariam is currently at work on a novel informed by her biography as a life-long expat. She is also at work on a collection of short stories set in Egypt during and immediately following the Arab Spring.
Rami Karim is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn. Their work engages dreams, dissociation, and migration and has appeared or is forthcoming in Apogee, The Brooklyn Review, The Invisible Bear,Â and Peregrine. They are a member of Kaf, an art/publishing collective, and an MFA candidate in creative writing at Brooklyn College, where they received the Himan Brown, Carole Lainoff and Rose Goldstein awards in poetry. This year they will be writing stories, poems, and essays on diasporic life, beginning with a prose lyric set between 1970s Lebanon and present-day America.
Kyle Lucia Wu is a Chinese-American writer living in Brooklyn. She is the co-publisher of the literary journal Joyland and the social media editor at Electric Literature. She has an MFA in fiction from The New School and a BA in psychology from New York University. She has studied at the eight-week fiction workshop at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, was a Byrdcliffe Colony Artist-in-Residence in May 2015, and is a PEN prison writing mentor. Kyle is interested in hybrid forms of identity, and the invisibility and confusion that accompanies it. She explores how to occupy an identity that hasn't been defined, and how society seeks to categorize individuals who don't fall cleanly into pre-established roles. The ways in which we constitute our identities across race, gender, and class are themes that drive her work. She is working on a novel about a mixed-race young woman who works for a wealthy white family, and how it refracts her own fractured background growing up between two families, between two races, and always as an outsider.
Yanyi is a writer and critic based in Brooklyn. He currently serves as a senior editor at Nat. Brut, contributing editor at Foundry, and curatorial assistant at The Poetry Project. A recipient of a 2015 Poets House fellowship, his poems and criticism have appeared in Model View Culture, The Shade Journal, and cellpoems, among others. Yanyi's manuscript deals with self-documentation, intergenerational trauma, and how memory lodges itself in the body. His ongoing work explores statelessnessâ€”of gender, of nationality, of familyâ€”and how lyric, myth, and memoir may work together in its translation. He is accountable to joy, history, and community. In his fellowship year, Yanyi will play with and around language in archive, law, and pop culture. He believes that poetry should de-codify structures of power, and that no text can be safe from answering to emotional and historical experience...
Come hear poet Hossannah Asuncion and nonfiction writer Laurel Fantauzzo write about the ghosts of love—the emotional distance it can create when the desired intimacy fails, and the ways love haunts the people who witnessed it, even when it's passed. With her debut poetry collection, Hossannah Asuncion’s Object Permanence uncovers a geography of longing and unfulfilled relationships—a startling contrast to contemporary narratives of an seamlessly interconnected, digitally mediated urban dating web space. Spanning address from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, each of Asuncion’s poems mark both the site of intimacy and its absence, building towards a slower, musing tour of relationships in which instant gratification is an elusive goal and outcome. Combining memoir and reportage, Laurel Fantauzzo’s The First Impulse is an account of the writer’s return to her mother’s homeland, the Philippines, and an obsession she discovers upon her arrival there: the tragic death of two lovers in Manila. Fantauzzo arrives on the island the year after the unresolved murders of Filipino-Canadian film critic Alexis Tioseco and his girlfriend, Slovenian film critic and magazine editor Nika Bohinc—a cosmopolitan couple committed to each other and putting down roots in Manila. Both Asuncion and Fantauzzo’s writing traces the places that haunt us, and the promise and memory of love. Come through or if you can’t make it, watch our livestream on Facebook.
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The child of a Filipina mother and an Italian American father, Laural Fantauzzo is the author of the nonfiction book The First Impulse (Anvil Publishing 2016). Luis Francia writes that the book “will cause you to ponder and appreciate the interrogatory restlessness and intelligence of those whose belonging is simultaneously claimed and disavowed by multiple worlds.” The recipient of grants and residencies from Erasmus, Fulbright, and Hedgebrook, she teaches at Yale-NUS College and lives between Singapore and Quezon City, Philippines. Read her piece on the front page of the International edition of the New York Times on the rise of Duterte.
Hossannah Asuncion grew up near the 105 and 710 freeway in Los Angeles and currently lives near an A/C stop in Brooklyn. A Kundiman fellow who has been published by The Poetry Society of America, The Collagist, and Tuesday; An Art Project, Anti-, she is the author of the poetry collection Object Permanence (Magic Helicopter Press 2016). Chiwon Choi writes, “The poems in Object Permanence took me back to places I thought I didn’t want to return. Streets and nights and bars and beds. To lovers and death and longing. To loneliness and moments where I thought I was losing grasp of life. But somewhere, sometime, in between the first and the final brutally gorgeous piece, I learned to cherish my pain again.” Read her GIF interview with R.A. Villanueva in AAWW’s The Margins.
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