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Wonderful Nothings - the Zine!

It’s here! Mag Gabbert and I recently finished making this zine during my visit to Dallas. The title of our zine, Wonderful Nothings, comes from comedian and crafts enthusiast Amy Sedaris, who writes in her book Simple Times, “Crafting is considered to be a pastime where one turns simple somethings into wonderful nothings.” This little collection features erasure poems, poems typed up handsomely (or at least semi-competently) on an old Olympia typewriter, and original poetry that’s never appeared elsewhere!

A preview from our author pic photoshoot:

A preview of the cover + one of my erasure poems:

Go here to download (for free!) a digital and/or printable booklet.

National Endowment for the Arts - Fellow page

So honored to be a 2019 NEA Fellow in Literature! All the 2019 Fellows’ pages are up on the arts.gov site now. Here’s my author photo (thanks again to Jess X. Snow) and (click through to read!) my statement, in which I discuss my second full-length poetry manuscript (tentatively titled Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency) and what this funding means to me. On the site there’s also a sample poem from my second mss, “Winter [The grackles flap...]”

Read everything here.

Gesundheit!

Sam Herschel Wein and I made a chapbook together called Gesundheit! And now it’s going to be published by one of our favorite chapbook presses, Glass Poetry!! Congratulations to all the poets whose collections were picked up—can’t wait to read them. And congratulations to the stunning finalists. 🐳 🎊

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Our collection consists of poems by Sam, poems by me, and some completely collaborative work, too. These pieces examine lemons, bike marathons, heteronormative society, failure, soap operas, Ikea bags, and that most universal of experiences—sneezing.

Ultimately, the chapbook is a celebration of queer friendship—between two young poets (and cuties mhm). Thanks to editor Anthony Frame for believing in this collaboration and for all the labor that goes into this beautiful chapbook series.

Read the full official announcement here.

New poems in Massachusetts Review

Ahh I’ve got 2 very queer, very season-obsessed poems in the new Massachusetts Review, which is an issue devoted to Asian American literature. Here’s one poem, “Spring.” You can read the other one, “Winter,” over on my Instagram.

What a gift, a blessing, to be a part of such a gorgeous issue, alongside ✨ shining stars ✨ Kazim Ali, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Wo Chan, Floyd Cheung (a former teacher of mine!), Marilyn Chin, Franny Choi, Kimiko Hahn, W. Todd Kaneko, Swati Khurana, Christine Kitano, Hyejung Kook, Joseph O. Legaspi, Sally Wen Mao, Rajiv Mohabir, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Raena Shirali, Ocean Vuong, Jane Wong, Shelley Wong, Bryan Thao Worra, John Yau, Timothy Yu, & others. ❤️❤️

With many thanks to the guest editors, Cathy J. Schlund-Vials and Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis. And what an amazing feature of this issue, the lectures and addresses—Asian American writers talking about, thinking about other Asian American writers.

This publication also marks a personal milestone: my third time in the Massachusetts Review! Having grown up in Amherst, then Boston, this journal has long been on my radar—was one of my first dream pubs. So glad, as an Asian American who most strongly feels “from” Massachusetts, that my third contribution to the journal is for this issue.

At the same time, my continued reading and working in Asian American studies lead me to question “belonging” to any state under rubrics of “American-ness” (too often dependent on proximity to cishet whiteness). Also considering who has yet to appear in this and other “Asian American issues” of journals—and how I can help shift things, with such issues and beyond this framework of the special issue and “inclusion.” Grateful to the writers in this issue for reminding me to keep pushing my imagination, my politics, my craft.