Book Culture LIC: Queens Poets & Parents
09/22/2019 – 6:30pm
26-09 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101
Join us at Book Culture LIC on Sunday, September 22nd at 6:30pm for a special reading and conversation showcasing the wonderful, diverse voices of poet-parents in Queens. Pichchenda Bao, Malcolm Chang, Adam DeGraff, Jared Harél, Sokunthary Svay, and KC Trommer will be sharing their work and discussing the ways that parenthood influences their creative pursuits.
This event is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Pichchenda Bao is an emerging writer and poet. Born at the end of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, she was an infant when her mother carried her across the border. She and her parents arrived in the United States as refugees. Now she lives, writes, and raises her two young children in Long Island City. She is an intersectional feminist, a stay-at-home mom, an uneasy skeptic, a seeker of trail blazes, a survivor of many failures, and a witness to the ebb and flow of hope and despair. Her work has been published by Newtown Literary and great weather for MEDIA, and is nominated for a 2019 Pushcart Prize. She is an 2019 Aspen Words emerging writer fellow.
Malcolm Chang is a third generation Chinese South African now living in New York. He is the President of the Board of Directors of The Newtown Literary Alliance. His writing has appeared in Gravel and the Newtown Literary Journal. His story “The Cruelty of Children” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has read at LineBreak, Queens Writers Resist, First Tuesdays, and other venues in New York. He is currently working on a novel based on the life of the man who assassinated the South African Prime Minister in 1966. He is also writing a memoir about his experience growing up Chinese during the Apartheid era in South Africa, with all of the confusion and conflict that it entailed.
Adam DeGraff’s most recent book is Wherewithal, from Subpress. He hosts the Kith & Kin reading series in Astoria Queens NY with Tyler Burba, teaches English lit at St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows Queens. and, with Genevieve George, looks after two daughters in Sunnyside Queens. Adam also makes Suessian floral arrangements out of pipe-cleaners with his daughters, or at least he did today.
Jared Harél is the author of GO BECAUSE I LOVE YOU (Diode Editions, 2018) and THE BODY DOUBLE (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2012). He’s been awarded the ‘Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize’ from American Poetry Review, the ‘William Matthews Poetry Prize’ from Asheville Poetry Review, and two ‘Individual Artist Grants’ from Queens Council on the Arts. His poems have also appeared in such journals as 32 Poems, Massachusetts Review, Newtown Literary, Poetry Daily, The Southern Review, Tin House, Threepenny Review and Verse Daily. Harél plays drums, teaches writing at Nassau Community College and lives in Rego Park, Queens, with his wife and two kids. For more info, stop by: jaredharel.com
Sokunthary Svay was born in a refugee camp in Thailand shortly after her parents fled Cambodia after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. They were sponsored to come to the United States and resettled in the Bronx where she grew up. She is currently poetry editor for Newtown Literary, the only literary journal for the borough of Queens, a founding member of the Cambodian American Literary Arts Association (CALAA), the recent recipient of the American Opera Projects’ Composer and the Voice Fellowship for 2017-19, and the 2018 Emerging Poets Fellowship at Poets House. Her first collection of poetry, Apsara in New York, is available from Willow Books. She is currently a doctoral student in English at the The Graduate Center, CUNY.
KC Trommer is the author of the debut poetry collection We Call Them Beautiful (Diode Editions, 2019) and the chapbook The Hasp Tongue (dancing girl press, 2014). She is the founder of the audio project QUEENSBOUND and is the Assistant Director of Communications at NYU Gallatin. She lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, with her son.