Join us for readings by Margaret Rhee, Cathy Linh Che, Claudia Castro Luna, and Shankar Narayan!
Margaret Rhee is the author of Love, Robot (The Operating System, 2017), and chapbooks Yellow (Tinfish Press, 2013) and Radio Heart; or How Robots Fall Out of Love (Finishing Line Press, 2015). Her project The Kimchi Poetry Machine is exhibited at the Electronic Literature Collection Volume III. Her academic writing has been published in Cinema Journal, Amerasia Journal, and GLQ. Her literary fellowships include Squaw Valley Poets Workshop, Kundiman, and the Kathy Acker Fellowship. She holds a Ph.D. in ethnic studies and new media studies from UC Berkeley. Currently, she teaches at SUNY Buffalo in the Media Study Department.
Cathy Linh Che is a Vietnamese American poet from Los Angeles. She is the author of Split, which won the Kundiman Poetry Prize, the Norma Farber First Book Award, and the Best Poetry Book Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. She is the Executive Director at Kundiman, an organization that nurtures generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature.
Claudia Castro Luna is WA State Poet Laureate (2018 – 2020) and served as Seattle’s inaugural Civic Poet (2015-2017). She is the author the Pushcart nominated collection Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press) and the chapbook This City (Floating Bridge Press). Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981. She has an MA in Urban Planning, a teaching certificate and an MFA in Poetry. Her non-fiction has most recently appeared in the anthology This is the Place (Seal Press) Living in English and Spanish, Claudia writes and teaches in Seattle where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.
Shankar Narayan explores identity, power, mythology, and technology in a world where the body is flung across borders yet possesses unrivaled power to transcend them. Shankar is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, winner of the 2017 Flyway Sweet Corn Poetry Prize, and has been a fellow at Kundiman and at Hugo House. He is a 4Culture grant recipient for Claiming Space, a project to lift the voices of writers of color, and his chapbook, Postcards From the New World, won the Paper Nautilus Debut Series chapbook prize. Shankar draws strength from his global upbringing and from his work as a civil rights attorney for the ACLU. In Seattle, he awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, but his heart yearns east to his other hometown, Delhi. Connect with him at shankarnarayan.net.