I’m super excited to share that I’m the featured blogger at the Poetry Foundation’s blog, Harriet, for the month of December. I’ll be writing about a Poetics of Light, some visual artists, philosophers, and writers that I adore, as well as various landscapes. Yay!

The Poetry Foundation has been incredibly generous and reached out to me several times this year for various opportunities and partnerships. I’m stunned and gratified by their support! When I first started writing seriously almost 20 years ago, I never imagined I’d garner any kind of critical attention or broader audience. It was just something I had to do out of necessity–explore the world and express myself in this way. I feel honored to get to cap this tumultuous year (and beautiful!!) year writing about my most favorite things. I hope you check it out and that some of what I share sparks your thoughts, too!

So I have to fangirl out a bit. I MET LI-YOUNG LEE TONIGHT and he is every bit as magical as I suspected. He gave the most intense reading and I had to follow him. I could barely even. This man’s poems were the green light to me that I could also be a poet. The intensity of his lyric expression told me that I didn’t have to perform a certain script for pain or survival. And after I shared my work, he told me it was beautiful. I hope I get to see him again. I gave him a copy of my new book, because it was LI-YOUNG LEE.  

It’s happening! The Smithsonian Institute’s Asian Pacific American Center is hosting its first ever Asian American Literature Festival next week in DC. I’ll be participating, as weill an incredible roster of artists, writers, publishers, and scholars. This is a historic event, and not to be missed. My participation is three-fold. I’ll be reading poetry as part of the Poetry Journal’s Asian American themed issue launch on Thursday night. On Friday, I’ll be making a Literary Address. The title of my remarks is “Awarding Abjection.” It’s likely to be a somewhat provocative conversation, and I’m looking forward to it. I’m also hosting a salon on Experimentalism and Community Building. It should be a busy but amazing time! I’m so grateful to the organizers, most especially Lawrence Minh-Bui Davis for his selfless organizing efforts and immensely generous imagination for community. Click the image above to visit their program site. 

It’s out! I can’t believe I’m in here, and in such incredible company. WOW. They published a selection from my Daybook project, when I wrote daily responding to the headlines about the North Korean missile crisis in the midst of heartbreak and longing. It seems useless to me to reference the year, since we’re collectively caught in a loop in the broader cultural psyche when it comes to Korea and the tensions there. Exploring that is a project I could spend a seeming lifetime on. How often must we sip from that f*cked up well until it is dry, we are dead, we are miraculously made whole again, or some other option I can’t think of right now.

I’m grateful to be included. I”m grateful for the editors, most especially Tim Yu and Lawrence Minh Bui Davis, for their enduring friendship, how they have made spaces for me and for others.

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If you haven’t got a copy of Solar Maximum but want to enjoy its crazy apocalypse light this summer, now is your chance. My Elgin Award-nominated speculative poetry collection is on sale now with the code HELLYEA at Small Press Distribution. It also might be one of the most beautiful artifacts I’ve personally had associated with me. Dan Machlin and the Futurepoem team did an incredible job with the design and creation of this book. WOW.