Many thanks to Chelsea Bieker and Fresno Magazine for the great article/interview, which appears in their May 2010 issue, available now! In Fresno, there are dozens of locations to pick up a copy, including Barnes and Noble and Borders, and of course you can order a copy online if you’re not in the city. I’m grateful to Chelsea (an emerging fiction writer and bright spirit) for the thoughtful and well-written article.
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I am honored to be reading at the 2010 American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco, California — Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. The reading’s theme : going beyond the tropes in Asian American literature and poetics. The other writers are stellar : Barbara Jane Reyes, Yunte Huang, and Viet Nguyen. Visit the ALA website to register for the conference.
This has me thinking how expansive and rich this terrain has become — I’ve been interviewed on several occasions recently by graduate students who theses or dissertations focus on APA literature or poetics, as well as transnational adoptee authors. When I began writing, there were not many around, if any. When you see Cathy Park Hong, Oliver de la Paz, Paisley Rekdal, Esther Lee, Rick Barot, R.A. Villanueva, and others all in the same week, as I just did this week—in the same season we see new books by Sueyuen Juliette Lee and Sonya Chung—it is a very good time. A strange time in many ways (the economy, the Tea Party)—but a good time to be writing and reading.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010—I will be reading in Modesto, CA at the Barkin’ Dog Grill (940 11th St., Downtown) for a publication celebration reading for the new anthology, The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems of the San Francisco Bay Watershed, brand new from Sixteen Rivers Press. Readers include Stella Beratlis, Quentin Duval, Jeff Knorr, and me. The evening will begin with a reading by Margaret Kaufman, whose book Inheritance just came out from Sixteen Rivers. Come on out to Downtown Modesto and help us launch this new book. It’s a fantastic collection, with a fine foreword from Robert Hass.
If you are in Denver and/or at AWP, come by the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council in the heart of Downtown Denver (772 Sante Fe) on Wednesday, April 7 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. I will be reading alongside Michael Medrano and Zulema Inai, before Tim Z. Hernandez reads from his debut novel, Breathing, In Dust. The evening will also feature music by George Inai & the Curious Ghosts. More information here.