KSW Presents “Mourn You Better: Feelings from the Queer Taiwanese & Chinese Diaspora”, a reading featuring Kristin Chang, Chen Chen, yujane Chen, and Muriel Leung as they share poetry tracing queer immigrant landscapes of longing, loss, histories, futures, and desire. The title of this event comes Muriel Leung’s collection Bone Confetti.
Kristin Chang lives in NY and reads for Winter Tangerine. Her work has been anthologized in Bettering American Poetry Vol. 3 and Ink Knows No Borders. She is the recipient of a 2019 Pushcart Prize and Resist/Recycle/Regenerate fellowship with the Wing On Wo Project in Manhattan Chinatown, where she helps teach paper-making workshops. Her debut chapbook “Past Lives, Future Bodies” is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press (October 2018).
Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award, and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. Starting this fall, he will be the Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University. He lives with his partner and their pug dog, Mr. Rupert Giles.
yujane chen is a queer migrant alien from Taiwan. they are a Winter Tangerine Fellow, Pink Door Fellow, 2018 BNV Future Corps member, and 2018 CalSLAM CUPSI team member. their poems can be found or forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, the Shade Journal, Bettering American Poetry, and elsewhere. they are currently an undergraduate in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, where they serve as an intern with the Multicultural Community Center on campus. their debut chapbook is forthcoming from Honeysuckle Press in 2019.
Muriel Leung is the author of Bone Confetti, winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Book Award. A Pushcart Prize nominated writer, her writing can be found or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Drunken Boat, The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, and others. She is a recipient of fellowships to Kundiman, and VONA/Voices Workshop. She is a contributing editor to the Bettering American Poetry anthology and is also Poetry Co-Editor of Apogee Journal. Currently, she is Dornsife Fellow in Creative Writing and Literature at University of Southern California. She is from Queens, NY.
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