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Audio recording of me reading my poem, "How to Be an Orange" at the release party for the Orangelandia anthology in Riverside, CA.
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"How to Be an Orange" - Poem by Kenji C. Liu
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Happy that my poem, "Ah Kung in the Philippine Jungle, 1945" has been published in issue 59 of The Collagist. Check it out and be sure to read all the other great work in the issue. Many thanks to the great Matthew Olzmann.
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This week L.A. Letters spotlights several contemporary Asian American poets by previewing two events on Asian American Poetry.
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Three of my poems, "After Twelve Hairpins of Jinling," "Your Father Tongue," and "Between the Two" (my first LA poem!) are in Barrow Street Journal's final 2013 issue, which also includes a feature on Afaa Michael Weaver.
Barrow Street, Inc. is a non-profit organization which publishes a poetry journal and hosts a poetry reading series in New York City's West Village.
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My latest video poem. Yes, that's Godzilla.

Thanks to Matthew Olzmann and The Collagist for publishing the poem (http://thecollagist.com/the-collagist/2014/6/15/issue-fifty-nine.html).
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A Live Online Poetry Reading in Celebration of ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

Join us for the first (that we know of) APA online poetry reading ever!

Tune in via live Google Hangout, or view the livestream on YouTube.

/// Five Poets:
Rachelle Cruz
Matthew Olzmann
Margaret Rhee
R.A. Villanueva
Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut

/// Five Publishers (introducing the poets):
Melissa Sipin, TAYO Literary Magazine (tayoliterarymag.com)
Iris Law, Lantern Review (lanternreview.com)
Asian American Literary Review (aalrmag.org)
Kartika Review (kartikareview.com)
Kaya Press (kaya.org)

/// Host: Kenji C. Liu

WHERE: Google Hangouts on Air and/or YouTube

/// Bios (more forthcoming)
Rachelle Cruz (http://www.rachellecruz.com/) is from Hayward, California. She is the author of the chapbook, Self-Portrait as Rumor and Blood (Dancing Girl Press,2012). She hosts The Blood-Jet Writing Hour on Blog Talk Radio, and is the Podcast Editor at The Collagist. An Emerging Voices Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow and a VONA writer, she lives, writes and teaches in Southern California.

Matthew Olzmann's (http://matthewolzmann.com/) first book of poems, Mezzanines, was selected for the 2011 Kundiman Prize and was published by Alice James Books. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in New England Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, The Southern Review, Forklift Ohio and elsewhere. He's currently a Visiting Professor of Creative Writing in the undergraduate writing program at Warren Wilson College.

Margaret Rhee (http://www.nectarinedreams.com/) is the author of the chapbook Yellow (Tinfish Press) and co-editor of Here is a Pen: An Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets (Achitote Press). Her poetry has been published in the Berkeley Poetry Review, Mission At Tenth, Comma, Poetry, and other literary publications. In 2012, she was recognized as one of Hyphen Magazine's ten next generation Asian American poets and writers. Margaret is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Kundiman Fellow.

Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut (http://www.nickysaeun.com/) is a poet, scholar and teacher who teaches creative writing and college composition in Los Angeles. As a Korean adoptee, her creative and scholarly work reflects an ongoing interest to explore the emotional and historical aspects of the Korean diaspora as well as transnational adoption. Previously, she has collaborated on avante-garde music and art projects with composers and visual artists. She holds an M.F.A. degree in poetry (2002) and a Ph.D. degree in Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Southern California (2012). Her first book of poetry, Magnetic Refrain, was published in February 2013 by Kaya Press. She is currently completing a second book, lyrical and narrative poems “Until Qualified For Pearl” and a non-fiction critical book about adoption narratives in literature and film. 

R.A. Villanueva (http://caesura.nu/) is the author of Reliquaria, winner of the 2013 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. A founding editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art, his honors include the 2013 Ninth Letter Literary Award for poetry and fellowships from Kundiman and The Asian American Literary Review. His writing has appeared widely in journals and anthologies including AGNI, The Common, DIAGRAM, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Virginia Quarterly Review. He lives in Brooklyn.

Kenji C. Liu (www.kenjiliu.com) is a 1.5-generation immigrant from New Jersey living in Southern California. A Pushcart Prize nominee and first runner-up finalist for the Poets & Writers 2013 California Writers Exchange Award, his writing is in or forthcoming in Los Angeles Review, Barrow Street Journal, CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action, The Baltimore Review, RHINO Poetry, and others. His poetry chapbook You Left Without Your Shoes was nominated for a 2009 California Book Award. A three-time VONA alum and recipient of a Djerassi residency, he is the poetry editor emeritus of Kartika Review.
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An edited version of the event is now live at http://youtu.be/zc0XbDddfas !
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The Olympic Games, starring Yulia Lipnitskaya as Katniss Everdeen, and President Putin as President Snow. #xochitl2014
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Since the 3 poems I recently got published in Barrow Street Journal are available only in print, I turned one of them into a video. Enjoy, and feel free to share.
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Kenji C. Liu is a 1.5-generation immigrant from New Jersey. His writing arises from his work as an activist, educator and cultural worker. Kenji’s poetry chapbook You Left Without Your Shoes (Finishing Line Press, 2009) was nominated for a 2009 California Book Award. His writing has appeared in RHINO Poetry, Generations, Kweli Journal, Doveglion Press, Best American Poetry's blog, Lantern Review, Kartika Review, Flick of My Tongue (KSW, 2009) and other literary venues. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Currently, Kenji is the poetry editor at Kartika Review and is working on a multi-genre full-length collection of poetry, prose and visual art.
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