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.

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