Four Asian-American Poets.
Six Cities. One Car. One Tour.
Come see this tour’s stop at Assemble.
Embracing fearlessness, tenacity, and entrepreneurship – all tenets of our totem animal, the toothsome beast that launched a media frenzy – poets Michelle Chan Brown, Cathy Linh Che, Eugenia Leigh and Sally Wen Mao speed through the Mid-Atlantic/South/Midwest to read from acclaimed first books. From Vietnam to Belgrade, pop culture to nature, interrogations of the body and yes, the soul, by turns brash, baroque, lush and lissome, these four exemplify the ferocity of the new American poetics.Poetry is Dangerous.
* * *MICHELLE CHAN BROWN was born in London and grew up in Prague, Krakow, Moscow, and Belgrade. Her collection DOUBLE AGENT was winner of the 2012 Kore First Book Award, judged by Bhanu Kapil. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Cimarron Review, Linebreak, The Missouri Review, Quarterly West, Sycamore Review, Witness and many others. A chapbook, THE CLEVER DECOYS, is available from LATR Editions. A Kundiman fellow, Michelle was a Rackham Fellow at the University of Michigan, and has received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center and the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference. She has been writer-in-residence at Pomfret School, St. Paul’s School, and the Indian Springs School. Michelle lives with musician Paul Erik Lipp in D.C., where she teaches, writes, and edits Drunken Boat.
* * * CATHY LINH CHE is the author of SPLIT (Alice James, 2014), winner of the 2012 Kundiman Poetry Prize. A Vietnamese American poet from Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA, she received her B.A. from Reed College and her M.F.A. from New York University. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from Poets & Writers, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Kundiman, Hedgebrook, Poets House, The Asian American Literary Review, The Center for Book Arts, and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency. A founding editor of the online journal Paperbag, she is currently Program Associate for Readings & Workshops (East) at Poets & Writers and Manager of Kundiman. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
* * * EUGENIA LEIGH is the author of BLOOD, SPARROWS AND SPARROWS (Four Way Books, Fall 2014), which was a finalist for both the National Poetry Series and the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including PANK Magazine, Indiana Review, The Collagist, and the Best New Poets 2010 anthology. Eugenia earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was awarded the Thomas Lux Scholarship for her dedication to teaching creative writing, demonstrated through her workshops with incarcerated youths and with Brooklyn high school students. Eugenia has won awards from Poets & Writers Magazine and Rattle, and has received fellowships from Kundiman and the Asian American Literary Review. She serves as the Poetry Editor of Kartika Review. Born in Chicago and raised in southern California, Eugenia lives and writes in New York City.
* * * SALLY WEN MAO is the author of MAD HONEY SYMPOSIUM (Alice James Books, 2014), the winner of the 2012 Kinereth Gensler Award and a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Most Anticipated Poetry Books of Spring. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2013 and is published or forthcoming in Guernica, Gulf Coast, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, Third Coast, and West Branch, among others. A Kundiman fellow, she holds a B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.F.A. from Cornell University.