Tickets: Free with optional RSVP

This multimedia event will be facilitated by Jane Wong, who will share pieces from her project, “The Poetics of Haunting”, with special readings and performances from Asian American artists. This project engages invocation: a deliberate, powerful, and provocative move toward haunted places. How does history – particularly the history of war, colonialism, and marginalization – impact the work of Asian American poets across time and space? How does language act as a haunting space of intervention and activism?

Please explore: The Poetics of Haunting in Asian American Poetry


Don Mee Choi is the author of Hardly War (Wave Books, April 2016), The Morning News Is Exciting (Action Books, 2010), and translator of contemporary Korean women poets. She has received a Whiting Writers Award and the 2012 Lucien Stryk Translation Prize. Her translation of Kim Hyesoon’s Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream (Action Books, 2014) was a finalist for the 2015 PEN Poetry in Translation Award and shortlisted for ALTA's Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize. Her most recent works include a chapbook, Petite Manifesto (Vagabond Press, 2014), and a pamphlet, Freely Frayed,ㅋ=q, Race=Nation (Wave Books, 2014). She was born in Seoul and came to the U.S. via Hong Kong. She now lives in Seattle.

A native of California, Diana Khoi Nguyen has poems appearing or forthcoming in Poetry, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review Online , and West Branch, among others. She has also received awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Key West Literary Seminars, as well as scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. A Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Residency Fellow, she earned her MFA from Columbia University and was recently a Roth Resident at Bucknell. She is pursuing a PhD at the University of Denver.

Pimone Triplett is the author of Rumor (2009), The Price of Light (2005), and Ruining the Picture (1998). She has been the recipient of the Levis Poetry Prize and the Hazel Hall Poetry Prize. With Daniel Tobin, she is the co-editor of Poet’s Work, Poet’s Play, a collection of essays on craft by Warren Wilson MFA Program professors. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa. Currently, she teaches at the University of Washington and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Jane Wong’s poems can be found in anthologies and journals such as Best American Poetry 2015, Best New Poets 2012, Pleiades, Third Coast, and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Squaw Valley, and Bread Loaf. A Visiting Assistant Professor at Pacific Lutheran University, she is the author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016).


Images from "The Poetics of Haunting"

Brown envelope cover
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s Cha Collection
Online Archive of California (OAC)

Illustration by Minh Nguyen