Poetry Poetry VII
Chen Chen, Anaïs Duplan, Rajiv Mohabir & Monica Sok
Poetry Poetry VII

Travel through time with Anaïs Duplan, Chen Chen, Rajiv Mohabir and Monica Sok as they explore both history and futurity in our seventh edition of Poetry Poetry!


Anaïs Duplan is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016) and a chapbook of poems and essays, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017).  Daniel Poppick writes that their chapbook is “a poem disguised as a notebook disguised as ‘an opera going full speed.'” Their poems and essays have appeared in Hyperallergic, on PBS News Hour, the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, Fence, and the Boston Review. Anaïs is the founder of the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for artists of color in Iowa City and is the joint Public Programs Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

A finalist for the 2017 National Book Awards, Chen Chen’s debut poetry collection, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions 2017) explores belonging while Asian American and queer. Victoria Chang described it as: “a book that is miraculous in all its pain, trauma, and humor… part elegy for the past and part love song for the future.” Chen is a Kundiman and Lambda Literary Fellow, and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, The Best American Poetry, and on AAWW’s The Margins.

Rajiv Mohabir’s The Cowherd’s Sun (Tupelo Press, 2017) unites myth, folktale, and multilingual translations to create an allegorical chronicle of dislocations and relocations, linking India, Guyana, Trinidad, New York, Orlando, Toronto, and Honolulu.  Publisher’s Weekly writes, “Mohabir’s candid work is steep in the realities of being a mixed-caste, queer Indian-American; his speaker sings these lived experiences into verse.” His first full-length collection of poetry, The Taxidermist’s Cut (Four Way Books, 2016) received the Intro Prize in Poetry. Rajiv has been awarded the 2015 AWP Intro Journal Award, the Kundiman Prize, and a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant. His poetry and translations are internationally published or forthcoming from journals such as Best American Poetry 2015, Quarterly West, Guernica, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Drunken Boat, Anti-, and the Great River Review. His work has also been featured on AAWW’s The Margins.

Monica Sok is the daughter of Cambodian refugees and the granddaughter of Em Bun, a master weaver and recipient of a National Heritage Fellowship. Her chapbook Year Zero was selected by Marilyn Chin for a Poetry Society of America 30 and Below Chapbook Fellowship. Currently, she is the 2016-2018 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University, where she is working on her first book of poems. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in the Kenyon Review, Narrative, The New Republic, Virginia Quarterly Review, and TriQuarterly Review, and AAWW’s The Margins. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University.

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Poetry Poetry VII

Chen Chen, Anaïs Duplan, Rajiv Mohabir & Monica Sok
Saturday, December 2, 2017
3:00 PM
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27 Street, 6th Floor
New York New York 10001
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