Friendship

GESUNDHEIT! Cover Reveal + Preorder

COVER REVEAL!! Here’s the cover art for GESUNDHEIT!—me and Sam Herschel Wein’s collab chapbook, out next month from Glass Poetry Press 🤧 🎉 Sneezy blongy thanks to Anya Liao for this STUNNING art.

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GESUNDHEIT! is now available for preorder at the discounted price of $7.50. Through the end of this month, for every chapbook purchased (full price or presale price), Glass Poetry Press will donate $1.00 to RAICES. An order of any chapbook also gets you a free Quick Reply (72 hrs) submission to Glass: A Journal of Poetry.

Read sample poems + preorder GESUNDHEIT! at the link below:

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.

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.

Glass Poetry Chapbook Series

(Bff!) Sam Herschel Wein and I wrote a sneeze-&-tissue-filled collab/joint chapbook called Gesundheit! and now it’s a finalist for the Glass Poetry Chapbook Series (which has published/keeps publishing such beautiful, urgent work). Alongside so many poem people we admire! Sunlight & gratitude to editor Anthony Frame.

(And yes, we already have a tour name—The Achoo Tour!)

In any case, celebrating this milestone and celebrating all these finalists.

Image from this Twitter post/official announcement.

Love Poems

I love love poems—reading them, writing them (or trying to). I love the falling in love with language that happens with every poem (or so I hope for). I love the bold effort, the tender effort to say, to sing, and to listen more precisely and strangely. I love love poems for partners, friends, plants, waters, family, your own breath.

Grateful to the following places for sharing some of my love poems on Thursday, for Valentine’s Day (a silly, commercial holiday, but maybe at its best a reminder of something sweet; including the literal discount chocolate the next day!):

Kundiman (which itself refers to a genre of Filipino love song)—”First Light,” which was published in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts and then in my first book and also in Poem-a-Day.

Poetry Magazine on Twitter— “Winter,” which appeared in the Asian American poets issue.

Poets.org on Instagram—”The School of Night & Hyphens,” which was published in Poem-a-Day.