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 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.
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.
I’ll be reading in Salt Lake City with Joshua Ware and Sara Eliza Johnson. I should say I’ll be showing video work mostly and reading a handful of poems. I hope the landscape helps dissipate a deep well caught in my throat.
I think the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University is one of the most amazing writing communities a writer of ANY age or background can participate in. I’m honored to share some of my video art and poetry there!
Reading starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder).
Wednesday July 6th, 2016
Sueyeuen Juliette Lee
I’m happy to share I’ll be reading on Saturday May 28th for a festival celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver. Doors open and reception starts at 5:30; reading from 6-8pm. Being an East Coast native, I’m curious to hear from Colorado writers and compare notes about our experiences and interests. It should be a lot of fun! I’ll be reading with
Teow Lim Goh
Morgynne D’sulueti Tora
I’m really excited and honored to share that I’ll be reading this Friday evening at the Center for Book Arts in Manhattan with one of my favorite living authors and human beings, Douglas Kearney. A National Poetry Series winner, editor of the Best American Experimental Poetry anthology, and astoundingly intelligent shape-shifting/genre bending author whose performances animate the page incredibly, Douglas is a role model and aspirational figure for me.
Curated by former Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier, the Center for Book Arts reading series pairs authors with outstanding visual artists to design event-specific, limited edition broadsides to commemorate the night. I’m thrilled that my poetry will be graphically represented in this way by visual artist Elizabeth Sheehan.
Here’s the formal announcement:
@ the CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS’ BROADSIDE SPRING READING SERIES
MAY 20th, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
With Douglas Kearney & Sueyeun Juliette Lee
The Center’s Broadside Reading Series produces 12 limited-edition letterpress-printed broadsides each year, featuring the poetry of New York-based writers of diverse backgrounds. Our Spring 2016 series is organized by Guest Curator Paolo Javier. Poet laureate of Queens (2010-2014), Javier has published several collections of poetry, including Court of the Dragon (Nightboat Books), which Publisher’s Weekly calls “a linguistic time machine”.
Douglas Kearney has published three collections of poetry and teaches at CalArts. His third poetry collection, “Patter”, was a finalist for the California Book Awards in Poetry. A collection of his opera libretti, “Someone Took They Tongues.”, is available now.
Sueyeun Juliette Lee works for a women’s shelter in Denver and was a 2013 Pew Fellow in the Arts for Poetry. Her third collection, “Solar Maximum”, was published in 2015.
Suggested donation: $10 / $5 members
Guests receive a free letterpress broadside, produced by artists at the Center.
The Center’s Literary Programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
The Center for Book Arts
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