Contributors’ Notes: Winter/Spring 2011

Contributors’ Notes

Rick Barot has published two books of poems with Sarabande Books: The Darker Fall (2002) and Want (2008), which received the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.   He lives in Tacoma, Washington, and teaches at Pacific Lutheran University and in the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.


Maud Casey is the author of two novels,  The Shape of Things to Come, a  New York Times  Notable Book of the Year, and  Genealogy, a  New York Times  Editor’s Choice Book, and a collection of stories,  Drastic. She lives in Washington, D.C. and teaches at the University of Maryland and in the Warren Wilson low-residency MFA program.


Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press). The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she is a Kundiman, Macondo and Lambda Fellow. A community organizer, she has worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, and Boston. Ching-In is a co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities, and a member of Save Our Chinatown Committee, a grassroots organization focused on the preservation of the archaelogical heritage of Riverside Chinatown.


Kip Fulbeck is an American artist, slam poet and filmmaker. He is the author of Permanence: Tattoo Portraits; Part Asian, 100% Hapa; Paper Bullets: A Fictional Autobiography; and the recently released Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids.   He is the director of a dozen short films, including Banana Split and Lilo & Me.
Eric Gamalinda’s novel, The Descartes Highlands, was shortlisted for the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize. His collection of short stories, People Are Strange, was a finalist for the 2009 Black Lawrence Prize and is due out in 2011. He is also a poet, playwright and experimental filmmaker, and has received the Cultural Center of the Philippines Independent Film and Video Awards, the New York/New England Prize from Alice James Books, and the Asian American Literary Award for his collection of poems, Zero Gravity, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship for fiction, the Philippine Centennial Literary Prize for his previous novel, My Sad Republic, and the Philippine National Book Award for his first novel, Planet Waves.  His play, Resurrection, was recently selected for production by Diverse City Theater and will go onstage for 12 performances at the Clurman Theater in New York City in July 2010.

Of Kimiko Hahn’s earlier collections, The Unbearable Heart (Kaya, 1996) received an American Book Award; more recent books are The Narrow Road to the Interior (W.W. Norton, 2006), which takes its title from Basho’s famous poetic journal, and Toxic Flora (WWN, 2010), a collection inspired by science. She is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College, The City University of New York.


Ray Hsu is author of Anthropy (winner of the Gerald Lampert Award) and Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon. While completing his Ph.D. in English Literary Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he taught for over two years at Oakhill Correctional Institution, where he founded the Prison Writing Workshop. He now teaches at the University of British Columbia.


Michelle Har Kim is a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California.   She is completing her dissertation, Antipodes of Asian American Literature, an investigation of several Hispanophone Asian American authors that help us to constellate a heterolingual Asian American literature of the Americas.


Joy Kogawa is a novelist and poet who lives most of the time in Toronto, Canada.


Reese Okyong Kwon’s fiction is published or forthcoming in American Short Fiction, Epoch, Gulf Coast, Missouri Review, and elsewhere; her reviews are published or forthcoming in the Believer, the Rumpus, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Her work has been honored with scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony. Recently, she was named one of Narrative’s “30 Below 30” emerging writers.


Paul Lai is an instructor of Asian American literature at the University of Saint Thomas. He has published essays on Canadian writers Fred Wah and Larissa Lai. He is currently at work on a research project that explores sounds in Asian American literature and culture as well as a collaborative project that brings together Asian American and Native American Studies.


Chang-rae Lee is the author of four novels, most recently The Surrendered. He teaches creative writing at Princeton University.


Kari Lydersen is a Chicago-based freelance writer for publications including The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor and The Chicago Reader. She is the author of three books, most recently Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover and What it Says About the Economic Crisis (Melville House, 2009). She teaches journalism at Columbia College and to Chicago youth through the program We the People Media.


Gerald Maa’s writings and translations appear or are forthcoming in places such as Chinese Writers on Writing, Common Knowledge, American Poetry Review, and Studies in Romanticism.   He has earned fellowships and grants from the Library of Congress Asian Reading Room, the Bread Loaf Conference, and the International Center for Writing and Translation.   Having earned an MFA from the University of Maryland, and currently pursuing a PhD at the University of California–Irvine, he is a co-editor of The Asian American Literary Review.


Nina McConigley was born in Singapore and grew up in Wyoming. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for the Best New American Voices. She has been awarded scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, Puerto del Sol, and Forklift, Ohio. She is the 2010 recipient of the Wyoming Arts Council’s Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Writing Award. She currently teaches at the University of Wyoming and has just completed a collection of short stories, Cowboys and East Indians.


Tyrone Nagai received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University. His work has appeared in Fiction International, The Strip, New Verse News, and Armageddon Buffet.


Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of At the Drive-In Volcano and Miracle Fruit (both from Tupelo Press). Awards for her writing include an NEA grant and the Pushcart Prize. She is associate professor of English at SUNY-Fredonia.


Viet Thanh Nguyen teaches at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (Oxford University Press, 2002). His short stories have appeared in Manoa, Gulf Coast, Best New American Voices, TriQuarterly, and Narrative.


Kaytea Petro hails from the wilds of the Barbary Coast.  When she’s not clowning with a pedal powered rodeo, or accidentally making napalm in her kitchen, she enjoys walks on the beach, fine wine, and the company of elderly, stinking rich playboys. Having been trained in art on three continents, she blends the sensibilities of the European tradition with American freedom of expression and Chinese ink application.


Sangeeta Ray teaches at the University of Maryland and has published academic articles in the field of postcolonial studies in numerous journals. She is the author of two books and a co-edited volume. She is currently working on wrapping up a third on an ethics of postcolonial reading. But what she enjoys even more than being an academic are food, fashion, and all things wine. If she were to chance upon some money, she would open a quaint wine bar where people would hang out in costume, drink, and consume charcuterie and cheese with style and abandonment. And please hold the salad.


Srikanth Reddy’s first collection, Facts for Visitors, received the 2005 Asian American Literary Award for Poetry. His second book, Voyager, is forthcoming from the University of California Press in Spring 2011. Reddy is currently an
assistant professor at the University of Chicago.

The Boston Globe has called Shawna Yang Ryan “a writer to watch.” A graduate of the Creative Writing Master’s program at UC Davis and a former Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan, she now teaches at City College of San Francisco. Her debut novel, Water Ghosts (Penguin Press 2009), was a Maurice Prize winner and a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. “The End of February” is an excerpt from her second novel, still in progress.


Prageeta Sharma is the author of three poetry collections: Infamous Landscapes (Fence Books, 2007), The Opening Question (Fence Books, 2004), and Bliss to Fill (Subpress, 2000). The Opening Question won the 2004 Modern Poets Prize. Sharma is an associate professor of English and the director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Montana in Missoula.


Adrienne Su is the author of three books of poems, most recently Having None of It (Manic D Press, 2009). Recipient of a 2007 NEA fellowship, she is poet-in-residence at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.


Arthur Sze is the author of eight books of poetry and one book of translations, including The Ginkgo Light, Quipu, The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-1998, and The Silk Dragon: Translations from the Chinese, from Copper Canyon Press. He is also the editor of Chinese Writers on Writing from Trinity University Press. A professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts, he lives with his family in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Pimone Triplett is an associate professor at the University of Washington, where she is currently the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing. The author of three books of poems, Rumor (2009), The Price of Light (2005), and Ruining the Picture (1998), Pimone Triplett is also coeditor, with Dan Tobin, of the essay anthology Poet’s Work, Poet’s Play (2008). She lives in Seattle with her husband and son.


One of eleven children by a mestiza Peruvian mother and Japanese immigrant father who both worked on a sugar hacienda in northern Peru, José Watanabe Varas (1946-2007) continues on as one of the most revered poets of contemporary Peru.   The latest and most comprehensive anthology of the maestro’s verse, Poesía completa (2008) –which includes the rendition of Sophocles Antigona (2000)–was published Pre-Textos in Madrid.   In addition to Watanabe’s various poemarios or books of poetry, mentioned in the preface to the poems printed in this issue, his repertoire includes Habitó entre nosotros (He Lived Amongst Us, 2002), the anthology Elogio del refrenamiento (Renacimiento, 2003, Seville), the compilation Lo que queda (What Remains, Monte Ávila, 2005) published via Caracas, and the Scottish publication Path Through the Canefields, a selection translated by C.A. De Lomellini and David Tipton (White Adder Press, 1997).


Jeffrey Yang is the author of An Aquarium  (Graywolf Press), winner of the 2009 PEN/Osterweil Award for Poetry. He has translated Su Shi’s East Slope (Ugly Duckling Presse) and a collection of classical Chinese poems called Rhythm 226 (Tioronda Books). “Lyric Suite” is part of his collection Vanishing-Line, forthcoming from Graywolf Press in Fall 2011.  The current issue of Two Lines: Some Kind of Beautiful Signal is edited by Yang (poetry) and  Natasha Wimmer (fiction). Yang works as an editor at New Directions Publishing.


C. Dale Young practices medicine full-time, edits poetry for the New England Review, and teaches in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.   He is the author of three collections of poetry: The Day Underneath the Day (Northwestern 2001), The Second Person (Four Way 2007), and Torn (Four Way 2011).


Timothy Yu is the author of Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry since 1965 (Stanford University Press). His poetry collection Journey to the West (Barrow Street) won the Vincent Chin Memorial Chapbook Prize from Kundiman. His poems and essays have appeared in Chicago Review, SHAMPOO, Another Chicago Magazine, and The Poetry Project Newsletter. He is an Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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