Friday November 30, 2018 7-9:30pm 

Arc Gallery and Studios  1246 Folsom St. SF, CA      

Curated by Michelle Lin and Kazumi Chin

Pre-sale $8 | Door $12 | Supporter $20 (comes with reserved seating)

On November 30th, KSW Presents: “A Climb That Begins with Falling” featuring Duy Doan and Angie Sijun Lou. This reading is a celebration of Duy Doan’s newly published WE PLAY A GAME, winner of the 2017 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize.

Join us as our readers share works exploring what it means to climb and to fall: to fall back to our lines that came before, to our mothers, to our histories that bear repeating. And to climb into to all those sites and events that inform who we are today, with an eye towards structures of migration, memory, gender, and language.

The title of this event comes from Duy Doan’s poem “Another Way of Explaining It.”


We are opening up submissions for writers to be a part of this reading. We will only be able to accept up to five readers.
Eligibility: We welcome writers of all genres, and strive to spotlight those of the Asian Pacific diaspora and people of color. We are especially interested in showcasing emerging writers who have had little stage time or few publications.
At this time, KSW Presents cannot provide payment for writers who submit to be a part of this reading series, but we are actively pursuing funding for this program.
How to Submit: Submit work that explores this upcoming event's theme, that can be read or performed within 3 minutes or less. 


DUY DOAN is a Vietnamese American poet and the author of We Play a Game, winner of the 2017 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. His work has appeared in Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Slate, and TriQuarterly. A Kundiman fellow, he received an MFA in poetry from Boston University, where he later served as director of the Favorite Poem Project. He was born in Dallas, Texas.


Duy Doan’s striking debut reveals the wide resonance of the collection’s unassuming title, in poems that explore—now with abundant humor, now with a deeply felt reserve—the ambiguities and tensions that mark our effort to know our histories, our loved ones, and ourselves. These are poems that draw from Doan’s experience as a Vietnamese-American while at the same time making a case for—and masterfully playing with—the fluidity of identity, history, and language. Nothing is alien to these poems: the Saigon of a mother’s dirge, the footballer Zinedine Zidane, an owl that “talks to his other self in the well”—all have a place in Doan’s far-reaching and intimately human art.

ANGIE SIJUN LOU is from Seattle. Her work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Ninth Letter, The Adroit Journal, Hyphen, The Margins, Nat. Brut, The Rumpus, and others. She is a Kundiman Fellow in Fiction and a PhD student in Literature and Creative Writing at UC Santa Cruz.