Talk: Poetry as a Partner in Public Health: Join me for a multi-media reading and talk about how communities can turn to poetry to expand cultural competence in public health.
The talk will be followed by a panel with Ken McAllister, Monica Casper, Deanna Lewis, Ron Grant, and TC Tolbert. In-depth examination of the power differentials, communication barriers, fears, and cultural assumptions that shape public health and public safety and potentially perpetuate silences, and/or aggression and misunderstanding.
Come by for a little talk I'll be giving on Design Thinking + Poetry at the Asian American Writers Workshop's next installment of Process Talks—a salon-style multimedia show-n-tell, where innovative poets and novelists will screen the images that have been haunting their writing and discuss their writing process. I'm excited to be joining a stellar line-up with award-winning poet Victoria Chang and essayist Andrew Lam (both joining us for a rare visit from out of town), and poet Eugenia Leigh.
So please to be joining a stellar line-up of APIA women, agender, and mixed gender poets co-sponsored by Kundiman, the Asian-American Resource Workshop, BU Asian American Women's Health Initiative Project, and the Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance!
Come join me in Philly for a reading on Saturday, September 19 to celebrate PHILALALIA, an annual fair of small press/hand make books and art!
Selected artwork from Silent Anatomies will be on view at the PHILALALIA Poetry & Art Fair in the exhibition "Ink & Print", September 17—19, hosted by the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Gallery hours: 12—6 pm.
Join us for a reading of Fukien amazing poetry by Monica Ong and Wo Chan in Brooklyn.
Monica Ong is a visual artist and poet whose hybrid image-poems juxtapose diagram and diary, bearing witness to silenced histories of the body. She completed her MFA in Digital Media at the Rhode Island School of Design and is also a Kundiman poetry fellow. Her newly released debut collection, Silent Anatomies, was selected by poet and 2014 Guggenheim Fellow Joy Harjo as winner of the Kore Press First Book Award in Poetry.
Wo Chan is a queer Fujianese immigrant living in Brooklyn. Recipient of fellowships from the Asian American Writers Workshop, Poets House, Kundiman, and Lambda Literary. Wo's work has been published (and forthcoming) in The Margins, cream city review, BARZAHK, and VYM Magazine. Wo is also a member of the Brooklyn-based drag alliance, Switch n’ Play, and has performed at venues including Brooklyn Pride, Princeton, The Trevor Project, and the Architectural Digest Expo.
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Join us for the Pop-up Exhibition and Book Launch Party for Silent Anatomies! Monica will be reading and signing books. There will also be limited edition broadsides of three of her poems for sale. The party will be hosted at the Silk Road Art Gallery in the heart of New Haven's arts district.
Shake off winter at Kundiman's spring reading featuring Monica Ong and other hot contemporary Asian-American poets. Join us at Verlaine Bar & Lounge for a Hanoi Lychee Martini and some of the freshest poetry in town.
Word Up celebrates recent books by MONICA ONG (Silent Anatomies), BETHANY CARLSON (Diadem Me), and W. TODD KANEKO (The Dead Wrestler Elegies) with an afternoon of poetry and images.
Monica Ong’s Silent Anatomies—selected by poet Joy Harjo as winner of the Kore Press First Book Award—is a collection of poems that traverse the body’s terrain, examining the phenomena of cultural silences. In her exciting debut, Monica Ong takes us to lyrical haunts on the boundaries of text and image, medicine and memory, immersing us deep in the waters of fluid identity.
Bethany Carlson’s Diadem Me shimmers with accumulations of feeling and experience. These poems map a surface at once interior and exterior, and, as they do, they offer their readers new ways of moving through a world that is at once arbitrary and ordered. In mourning, jubilation, and wonderment, Carlson breaks the hymn in a Dickinsonian way, offering us something like transcendence—except her poems never forget their earthly, bodily roots.
W. Todd Kaneko is the author of The Dead Wrestler Elegies. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University.