AALR Releases New Spring 2012 Issue on “Generations”


CONTACT:      Gerald Maa and Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, Editors-In-Chief, The Asian American Literary Review

editors@aalr.binghamton.edu                                      www.aalr.binghamton.edu


When: Mar 3, 2012

“Are there any continuities,” wonders scholar Min Hyoung Song, “between the earlier generation of writers which first raised the banner of an Asian American literature and a later generation of writers which inherited it?”

This is the question  AALR’s Spring 2012 issue  on “Generations”  poses to 29 writers, poets, playwrights, spoken word performers, scholars, and publishers of various generations, regions, and ethnic and artistic communities.    What emerges is a vital survey of generational continuities and divergences–not to mention some necessary reevaluation of how “generations,” “Asian American,” and “Asian American literature” might be understood.    Respondents include  Genny Lim, David Mura, Velina Hasu Houston, Giles Li, Gary Pak, Neelanjana Banerjee, Fred Wah, Anna Kazumi Stahl, Sunyoung Lee of Kaya Press, and Allan Kornblum of Coffee House Press, among others.

Other issue features include:  Maxine Hong Kingston interviewed by Min Hyoung Song; Miguel Syjuco interviewed by Brian Ascalon Roley; Afaa Michael Weaver interviewed by Gerald Maa; a dialogue on “Asian American form” between Karen Tei Yamashita, Sesshu Foster, R. Zamora Linmark, Ray Hsu, Timothy Yu, Larissa Lai, Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, and Srikanth Reddy; new poetry by Dilruba Ahmed, Ed Bok Lee, R. Zamora Linmark, Wing Tek Lum, and Afaa Michael Weaver; an email to Monique Truong from  The New York Times; new writing by Ed Park; translations of work by Hiromi Itō and Carlos Yushimito del Valle; reviews of Tao Lin’s  Shoplifting from American Apparel  and  Richard Yates, the new edition of Sui Sin Far’s  Mrs. Spring Fragrance, Srikanth Reddy’s  Voyager, and Monique Truong’s  Bitter in the Mouth.

Here you will find a sample table of contents and a teaser of issue excerpts.    To order a copy of the issue, visit www.aalr.binghamton.edu.    Please direct any inquiries to editors@aalr.binghamton.edu.

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About  The Asian American Literary Review

The Asian American Literary Review, Inc. is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit literary arts organization, a space for those who consider the designation “Asian American” a fruitful starting point for artistic vision and community.

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