HOUSE A reflections: readings, reviews, interviews

I think it’s hilarious that I’m posting a reflection about my first book after the publication of my second book. My enneagram is Type 4, and one of the descriptions tells me that I tend to linger in “preparing” mode because I never feel ready. Anyway, as I was planning for the release of my […]

2018 & belated updates I spent this winter thinking back on the troubling year–the constant hum of anxiety and my unhealthy defense mechanisms. I want this next year to be a turn: I want to reclaim my daily rhythms and textures, my experiments, my internal and external motionings. To that end, I’m concocting various intentions […]

Poetry Northwest & The Gift Delayed as ever, but I have three oceanic poems at Poetry Northwest! * Unrelated: I’ve been reading very slowly and in circular motions The Gift, thinking about the deep desire to be free of ego-driven, exchange-structured interactions…how the ritual of freely giving/receiving “gifts” binds and bonds a community together, how […]

pub day + interview + book party! It’s the official publication day for my book, HOUSE A, selected by Claudia Rankine ♥ ︎as winner of the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize! Here is an interview in the Conversant, in which I discuss: how and why I began writing letters to Mao; a course I once took […]

The Margins + Best of the Net nomination Two more “Letters to Mao” from my forthcoming book are online in The Margins (Asian American Writers’ Workshop)! It’s especially meaningful to me for these poems to have a home with a journal and organization so close to my heart. * And thank you to The Volta […]

names for homesickness; etc. Missing this home very much at the moment. Trying to find the technical vocabulary for the geographical region and vegetation, all I can distill from the surrounding context is: subtropical broad-leafed forests, low-lying woodlands, shrublands, grasslands.  My gathering tendencies… { laurels, beeches, & oaks, magnolias & witch-hazels, ericales (it has a […]

poor claudia + tarpaulin sky + the normal school I’ve been reading their series on poetics since it began, so I’m very happy to have a little lyric essay, “A Poetics of Iteration,” at Poor Claudia. Also my manuscript, House A, was a finalist for the Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize, and although they won’t be publishing […]

updates/news An art piece “Palimpsest” is part of the digital exhibit on immigration at the Wing Luke Museum. The collages are an exploration of dislocation as an embodied experience for immigrants and children of immigrants: the distance between past and future, the relationship between body and landscape, and the simultaneous erasure and rewriting of histories. […]