KSW Presents is curated by Michelle Lin and Kazumi Chin.
KSW Presents “Mourn You Better: Feelings from the Queer Taiwanese & Chinese Diaspora”, a reading featuring Kristin Chang, Chen Chen, Yujane Chen, and Muriel Leung as they share poetry tracing queer immigrant landscapes of longing, loss, histories, futures, and desire. The title of this event comes Muriel Leung’s collection Bone Confetti.
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Kristin Chang lives in NY and reads for Winter Tangerine. Her work has been anthologized in Bettering American Poetry Vol. 3 and Ink Knows No Borders. She is the recipient of a 2019 Pushcart Prize and Resist/Recycle/Regenerate fellowship with the Wing On Wo Project in Manhattan Chinatown, where she helps teach paper-making workshops. Her debut chapbook “Past Lives, Future Bodies” is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press (October 2018).
Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award, and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. Starting this fall, he will be the Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University. He lives with his partner and their pug dog, Mr. Rupert Giles.
Yujane Chen is a poet from Taiwan. They are a 2018 Winter Tangerine Fellow, a Pink Door Fellow, & a member of the CalSLAM 2018 team that won the award for “Best Writing as a Team” at the 2018 national collegiate poetry slam. Their poems are published or forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, the Shade Journal, & elsewhere. A Bay Area transplant by way of diaspora, they are currently working towards a B.A. in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, where they organize as an intern at the Multicultural Community Center on campus. Most recently, they served as a Future Corps member at the 2018 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival in Houston, TX. Their debut chapbook is forthcoming from Honeysuckle Press in 2019.
Muriel Leung is the author of Bone Confetti, winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Book Award. A Pushcart Prize nominated writer, her writing can be found or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Drunken Boat, The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, and others. She is a recipient of fellowships to Kundiman, and VONA/Voices Workshop. She is a contributing editor to the Bettering American Poetry anthology and is also Poetry Co-Editor of Apogee Journal. Currently, she is Dornsife Fellow in Creative Writing and Literature at University of Southern California. She is from Queens, NY.
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