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Mary Jean Chan and Chen Chen

Our next live worldwide poetry reading will feature Mary Jean Chan from London, UK and Chen Chen from Lubbock, TX, USA, hosted by R.A. Villanueva of Kundiman.

Tune in for free on July 29th, 2017 at 21.00 BST. The poets will be reading their work and answering your questions live.

Mary Jean Chan is a poet from Hong Kong. She won the 2016 Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition (ESL), and has been shortlisted for the 2016 London Magazine Poetry Prize, the 2016 Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition and the 2016 Resurgence Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in The Poetry Review, The London Magazine, Callaloo Journal, The Rialto, Ambit Magazine, Bare Fiction Magazine, The Scores, and elsewhere. As a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London, Mary Jean’s article ‘Towards a Poetics of Racial Trauma: Lyric Hybridity in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen’ is forthcoming from The Journal of American Studies (Spring 2017). Mary Jean is currently a Co-Editor at Oxford Poetry.

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and out now from BOA Editions. His work has appeared in two chapbooks and in publications such as Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, The Poetry Review, and The Best American Poetry. A Kundiman and Lambda Literary fellow, he is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University. [Photo: Jess X. Chen]

Kundiman is dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American literature. Kundiman offers a comprehensive spectrum of arts programming that gives writers opportunities to inscribe their own stories, transforming and enriching the American literary landscape. Kundiman sees literature not only as vehicle for cultural expression but also as an instrument for political dialogue and self-empowerment. R.A.Villanueva is the author of Reliquaria, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize (U. Nebraska Press, 2014). New writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Prac Crit, and The Wolf. His many honours include fellowships from Kundiman and The Asian American Literary Review. He lives in Brooklyn and London. [Photo: Rachel Eliza Griffiths]

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