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POETS IN CONVERSATION: Yanyi and Victoria Chang


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Join us for a reading and a conversation between two exceptional poets: Yanyi and Victoria Chang. We will also be celebrating their highly anticipated respective new releases. Dream of the divided field and The trees bear witness to everything!

Informed by Yanyi’s experiences of immigration, violent grief and body transition, Dream of the divided field explores the contradictions that accompany passages from one state of being to another. In tender and ethereal poems, the book examines a body that breaks down and a body that rebuilds itself in unlimited and offbeat ways. His latest collection of poetry, The year of blue waterwon the 2018 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. His work has been featured in or at NPR All things ConsideredNew York Public Library, tin house, Grantaand A public space, and is a recipient of fellowships from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and the Poets House. Currently, he is the poetry editor at Foundry and provides creative advice to The Reading.

In Victoria Chang’s new book of poetry, The trees bear witness to everything Chang invigorates language through focus, using restraint to illuminate and release the wild within. Composed largely in various Japanese syllabic forms called “wakas”, each poem is shaped by a pattern and a number. His latest book of poetry obituary was named a New York Times Noteworthy Book, a Must read book, and received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Poetry and the PEN/Voelcker Award. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and lives in Los Angeles and is a core faculty member of Antioch’s low-residency MFA program.

This program is part of our AAPI Heritage Month programming and is supported by the Cambridge Public Library Foundation.

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