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Saturday, May 2 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
The Poetics of Construction LIMITED

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As contemporary life fragments around us, poetry becomes radical site of construction. Word by word, poets construct new realities from the material of language and thought. For poets of color, queer poets, working class poets, this work is not only radical, it is lifesaving.

We present Asian American poets engaging a range of poetics and evoking a wide scope of concerns. Taking as a starting point the Peabody Essex Museum’s collections, we will delve into what we construct and how—from the history of New England's involvement with the Asia trade and the construction of the idea of “Asia,” to an ecopoetics that questions the construction of the “natural” in relationship to race and technology, to meditations on the construction of interpersonal relationships and the body. We ask what it means to perform the act of construction today and how we deconstruct toward creating new, more useful constructions.

Speakers
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Cathy Linh Che

Managing Director, Kundiman
Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. She has received awards from Poets & Writers, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Kundiman, Hedgebrook, Poets House, The Asian American Literary Review, The Center for Book Arts, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, and a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant. A founding editor of the online journal Paperbag, she is Managing Director... Read More →
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Chen Chen

Chen Chen is finishing his MFA in poetry at Syracuse University, where he is a University Fellow and a Poetry Editor of Salt Hill. New work is forthcoming in Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, Best American Poetry 2015, among others. Recent honors include being named a finalist in Narrative's 30 Below Contest and winning second place in the Joy Harjo Poetry Prizes, from Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. He has also received scholarships and... Read More →
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Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen is author of The Heart's Traffic and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities. A Kundiman, Lambda and Callaloo Fellow, they are part of Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities, and was a participant in Sharon Bridgforth's Theatrical Jazz Institute. They have been awarded fellowships and residencies from Soul Mountain Retreat... Read More →
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Sally Wen Mao

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 Ten Pick of Fall 2014. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2013 and is forthcoming or published in Poetry, Black Warrior Review, Guernica, jubilat, The Missouri Review, and Washington Square, among others. A Kundiman fellow, she holds an M.F.A. from Cornell University, where... Read More →
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Annie Won

Annie Won is a poet, yoga teacher, and medicinal chemist who resides in Somerville, MA. She is a Kundiman Fellow and a Juniper Writing Institute scholarship recipient. Her chapbook with Brenda Iijima, Once Upon a Building Block, recently published with Horse Less Press (2014) and individual chapbook, so i can sleep, is forthcoming from Nous-Zot Press (2015). Her work has appeared in or is soon to appear in the following venues: New Delta... Read More →

Producers
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Tamiko Beyer

Tamiko Beyer is the author of We Come Elemental (Alice James Books, 2013) and bough breaks (Meritage Press, 2011). Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in the Denver Quarterly, The Volta, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is the Deputy Communication Director at Corporate Accountability International.


Saturday May 2, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
PEM Bartlett Gallery

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