Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Hi hi!

I will be touring in Denver, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in a few days. I'll be reading poems from my collaborative book of poems with the late Hillary Gravendyk. Here are some of the details in case you want to come out and hear me read. 

Denver August 13: Pro Fana: Poetry and Projection. House reading at Sueyeun Juliette Lee's house. 7PM. I'll be reading with Jessica Comola and Elle Nash;. This is a private address: gmail or facebook message me for details.

San Diego August 14: Non Standard Literature Series. Gym Standard2903 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104. 5:00 PM, co-readers TBA.

Los Angeles August 19: Poetic Research Bureau 951 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90012. I'll be reading with Brian Kim Stefans. 7:30 doors, 8:00 reading.

San Francisco August 20: House reading at Erica Lewis' series. I'll be reading with Leora Fridman and Cassandra Troyan. 7PM dinner and 8PM reading. Gmail me or Facebook message me for address as it is a private residence.

If you happen to know people in California who might want to come out to these events, I appreciate your passing this information along.


Philadelphia September 17th: Philalalia Ekphrastic Poetry Reading: International Contemporary Art Museum on the University of Pennsylvania campus: 7PM with DJ's. Headliners are Yolanda Wisher, Natalie Diaz, Dick Lourie and Christian Campbell and fellow ekphrastic poets are Marie Alarcon, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Alina Pleskova, Lucia Boi-Kanga, Faye Chevalier, Thomas Devaney, Kirwyn Sutherland etc. 6-10PM.

New York October 8: Plucking the Stinger. Reading at Revision Lounge and Gallery in New York City with Stephanie Rogers for her new book Plucking the Stinger and Sophia Kartsonis. 7PM.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Thanks to rob mclennan for this thoughtful piece about Unlikely Conditions,  here.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Really enjoying a couple of books right now:

Lo Kwa Mei-En's The Bees Make Money in the Lion. Amazingly otherworldly and dense with breathtaking metaphor. Every time I mention her poems, people freak out and say I love them! Or they just say so without my asking.

A Bestiary by Lily Hoang. A great book of essays with a very poetic sense of circulating images and ideas.

Both extremely daring, intricate, full of heart and hard to put down. Glad to have them here and kick off summer with them.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Unlikely Conditions

The collaborative book I wrote with Hillary Gravendyk is available for purchase at 1913 Press: click here. The press also has broadsides of poems from the book made by Michael McGarvey of Port Press: You can look through on their on-line gallery here. I got to see the lovely book for the first time at AWP where I met a lot of folks and ate some tacos in a car wash with friends. I've been setting up readings for sharing this book and hope to be in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Portland and possibly Seattle in August. If you're a fan of Hillary's, just check back here in a couple of weeks and I'll have a tour nailed down, I think.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Asian-American Issue of Dusie

I'm excited to be editing the spring issue of Dusie dedicated to AA poetry. This is a great opportunity to make another step in connecting several generations of AA poets in one place and showcasing the vitality of AA poetry. The editor Susana Gardner said "the sky is the limit" so please share this call widely. Here's the last issue dedicated to women poets, and edited by Carleen Tibbetts: here.

For this issue, help me bring together all kinds of poetry: experimental, avant-garde, lyric, narrative, Asian formal, non-Asian formal, epic, elegaic, conceptual, no-mind, librettos, prose pieces, poems about WWF, in-between states, whatever *you* think of as being what you would put in a mosaic of AA poetry. This includes Middle Eastern poets, South Asian/Southeast Asian poets, Asian-British poets, all the Asian poets.

 Please send 5+ poems to cindy underscore king at hotmail dot com and place the word "dusie" in the subject line. Put "dusie" and your last name in the file name. Deadline: January 15, 2016 or write me an e-mail if it's shortly after this date.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Insect Poetics

Grateful to Mathias Svalina for including me in the 89 poet Insect Poetics project at The Volta, available here. It says a lot about swarms and abundance in a good way. Probably something good for us to be reading right about now.

Unlikely Conditions 1913 Press Fundraiser

So an update on the collaborative book I wrote with Hillary Gravendyk: it's been slated for publication with 1913 Press. It's a wonderful press and Hillary and I had talked about their collaborative books and how we'd love to put our poems with them. The press has launched an Indiegogo to cover the cost of printing and marketing and I am getting limited edition broadsides made--two of Hillary's own poems and two of our collaborations--to promote this book.

If you want to pre-order the book or get the book and a broadside, you can find the Indiegogo here. Many thanks to the people who already did this.

Thanks too to Jee Leong Koh for putting my poem "In Praise of Hawthorne Over a Plate of Gai Tom Kah" up at Singapore Poetry. This poem is an oldie from c. 2007 but shows my obsession with The Scarlet Letter.

And I put in a new background, a collage by the wonderful poet Greg Allendorf.