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World Lit featuring Cathy Linh Che and Nicholas Wong



Two Poets. Two Take on Global and National Literary Communities.

What does it mean to belong to an international literary community?
Two young world poets, with recently published books and from distinct backgrounds, join this discussion – about the state, stakes, and roles of poetry in their local scenes and how they would define poetry in the “world town”. With the added complexities of multiple languages, they will also discuss their own writing process and read selections of their work.

This session is moderated by Sally Wen Mao, Writer in Residence of the 2015 Singapore Creative Writing Residency.

About Nicholas Wong

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Nicholas Wong is the author of Crevasse (Kaya Press, 2015). His poems and translation have appeared or are forthcoming in Asia Literary Review, Asian American Literary Review, Asymptote, Griffith Review (New Asia Now), Copper Nickel, Quarterly West, World Literature Today, among others. He holds an MFA from City University of Hong Kong. Based in Hong Kong, he is an assistant poetry editor for Drunken Boat. 

About Cathy Linh Che

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Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split, winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. A Vietnamese American poet from Los Angeles, she received her BA from Reed College and her MFA from New York University. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from Poets & Writers, Poets House, and The Asian American Literary Review. She was also a Writer in Residence at Sierra Nevada College’s MFA Program. She currently lives in Los Angeles. 

About Sally Wen Mao

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Sally Wen Mao is the author of Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014). Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2013 and is forthcoming or published in Poetry, Black Warrior Review, Guernica, the Missouri Review, and Washington Square, among others. She earned an MFA from Cornell University and has received fellowships from Kundiman, Hedgebrook, and Saltonstall Foundation. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and teaches in the Asian American Studies department at Hunter College. Mao is the 2015 Singapore Creative Writing Residency resident.

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