(1) Many thanks to Cathy Park Hong, whose long review essay on Asian American poetry is included in this 700-page Parnassus 30th Anniversary issue. Cathy reviews three Asian American poets’ books: Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge’s I Love Artists, Barbara Jane Reyes’ Poeta en San Francisco and Shanxing Wang’s Mad Science in Imperial City.
Find out how to get your copy at the Parnassus website.
By the way, I love that on Amazon, you can see that people who have bought my book have bought Joseph O. Legaspi’s Imago, and Patrick Rosal’s My American Kundiman, and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive.
(2) Literary Death Match audio available here! In particular, here is my 16 minute and 12 second reading from Poeta en San Francisco. Haven’t listened to it yet, but do tell me what you think.
(3) Also regarding Poeta en San Francisco, can you say, “second printing”? Yeah, I knew you could. And this is totally dope, considering that the first printing was — thanks to the Academy — 7000 books. Good morning!
(4) Addendum: And we are #2 on the SPDBooks February 2008 Poetry Bestsellers list. Good morning again.
In case you are wondering how the Literary Death Match ever turned out, you can read a review over at KQED arts and culture blog, posted by Toby Warner here, and in which you may also read my six-word memoir (Debbie! You’d tagged me and I suck at meme!):
Some people say I eat dog.
People say you eat dog? Consider yourself tagged.
(1) OCHO #16: MiPOesias Magazine Print Companion is now available at Amazon. Have a look see here.
(2) Many thanks to Brenda Iijima of Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs who will be publishing my chapbook, Cherry. More info forthcoming.
(3) Many interesting folk have been visiting this here blog; this weekend has seen both Bill Knott and Juan Felipe Herrera commenting on recent posts. So interesting.
(4) Tomorrow evening is Literary Death Match! Will be sure to get all diva’ed fantastic for the affair.
(5) We saw Dagoberto Gilb this evening at Modern Times Books in the Mission. Alejandro Murguía was there with Raza Studies and/or Creative Writing classes from SFSU. More on all this later. Now, sleep.
Wow. Here’s a couple of intense events I will be participating in this month:
- February 20: Literary Death Match! Thanks to Parthenon West Review editor Chad Sweeney, who’s somehow convinced me to represent them there. Details here. Please come out for this, to offer lots and lots of encouragement and moral support (and/or to buy me whiskey).
- February 23: Zapatismo! Thanks to Rupert Estanislao, who I believe will also be participating in this series of events, which are in celebration of the release of The Fire and the Word, A History of the Zapatista Movement, by Gloria Muñoz Ramírez, to be published by City Lights Books. We’ll be reading in Oakland, somewhere on International Blvd. Details are forthcoming. But for now, I’ll say that I’m so interested in this organization’s inclusion of Filipino poets.