Sunday, May 22, 2016

Really enjoying a couple of books right now:

Lo Kwa Mei-En's The Bees Make Money in the Lion.

A Bestiary by Lily Hoang

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.

Fall Reading Stuffs

It was a busy fall for readings. Nothing planned for now but AWP. Some shortstop write-ups.

I had the pleasure of reading with Thomas Devaney and Trapeta Mayson at the Moonstone Arts reading on October 14th. I love Tom's work and its insistence on joy and place, on the amazing fact of being present to the teeming world. And I also was so honored to read with Trapeta and see that she and I like to write about home, the idea of home, and being in-between home and contradictions. She's got a really sweet poem here.

I also read with Jee Leong Koh at Bookculture. Such a gracious man! The friends of his that I spoke to after the reading were all pleased to be brought together by this charismatic person. And his poems are wonderful: Here's one that was recently in the Guardian UK called "In His Other House".

Cecily Iddings reinvented the purposes of the colon and brought all her really salient observations into some smashed up lyrics at her reading for Berl's. Her new book is here and she was kind enough to invite Frank Guan, intense and awesome translator and novelist ("I am not a poet") and Simeon Berry who has such an observational way with people and great endings to his poems.

Read back in September for Tony Mancus and friends at In Your Ear in Washington DC. Was fun to read with Magus Mangus and Martine Bellen in a black box theater and then get chocolate ales and hang out in the bar.

Finally: I did read with Christine Shan Shan Hou (and made such a great new friend)!!!, Amy Lawless, Paige Taggart, Tommy Pico, Chris Tonelli and Sam Starkweather at Over the Eights. I think if you know this line-up you will know the poetry floor was fiercely destroyed. Shazesus.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Updates: Hillary Gravendyk's poems

In the last year, a few projects and poems from Hillary were published and I wanted to give an update on those. Thanks to her friends and family for help with the task of pulling her work together. If you have any questions about her work, or her collection of poems Harm, please feel free to message me on Facebook.

There is a memorial blog page for Hillary on the UC Berkeley site here.

New poems from Hillary appeared in Newfound, and are beautiful. Read them here.

There was also a memorial issue of Comma Poetry dedicated to Hillary's poetry which is still up/the current issue, here.

Six wonderful collaborative poems between Maureen Aslop and Hillary came out in the Volta: Check them out here.

The poet rob mclennan offers to this list the four poems she submitted for the dusie 'tuesday poem' series, posted in July 2014. You can find them here. rob also wrote "a wee obit" that I'll relink to here on my blog for those who might not have seen, here.

In the last few weeks I have compiled a ms. from the remaining poems in Hillary's dropbox. Benjamin has looked it over and it is now with Omnidawn's editors who are very much and warmly interested. As soon as I hear anything from them, I'll say something here about it.

I also know that Hillary and my book of collaborations is slated to come out from 1913 Press next year. At the end of the summer a special pre-sale for Unlikely Conditions by Hillary and myself will go up on their site. I'll share the link when it appears.

Margaret Ronda shared this: I've added the links of her work to to the others on the website for the Hillary Gravendyk Scholarship (for the Squaw Valley Community of Writers). The links can be found at the bottom of each page. Find it here.

Cati Porter let me know that Maureen Alsop, a longtime friend and colleague and she suggested that Inlandia could honor Hillary through dedicating a memorial poetry book competition in her name. With Maureen's help, Cati contacted Benjamin and her sister and received their blessing. This year's contest just closed, but Cati is glad to say that it attracted some very fine work and they're looking forward to keeping her memory alive through this contest, year after year. If you'd like to know more about it, or would like to participate in some way in the future, here is the link to the page: here.

And a photo of Hillary from I think 2009. Because. Because so adorable. Missed by so many.