Yiyun Li Interviewed by Terry Hong

To become a writer, Yiyun Li left behind everything familiar: her birth country (China), her first language (Mandarin), her family (parents and sister), her scientific training (immunology), and her PhD degree (University of Iowa). On the other side of the world, she switched into the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and began writing in English. In the same year she earned [Continue Reading…]

Kimiko Hahn

In the Spirit of a Sestina   where she was drugged. She said she woke up naked   As in many brothels, the torture of choice was electric shocks   The jolt causes intense pain, sometimes evacuation of the bladder and bowel – and even unconsciousness. Shocks   After the beatings and shocks, Sina said [Continue Reading…]

Rajiv Mohabir: Poems

Criminal Law (Offenses) Act of Guyana   Any Male Person Who Section 352. Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or is a party to the commission, or procures or attempts to procure the commission, by any male person, of any act of gross indecency with any other male person shall be guilty [Continue Reading…]

An Occasional Reading of “Twenty-six Ways of Looking at a Blackman” By Gerald Maa

Now, as I see it, is an opportune time to look at Raymond Patterson’s neglected masterpiece, “Twenty-six Ways of Looking at a Blackman.” Although “Twenty-six Ways” is the eponymous poem for his 1969 book, Twenty-six Ways of Looking at a Blackman and Other Poems, it stands out as an exception, aesthetically, in the collection, as [Continue Reading…]

Speak No Evil Forum Response: “MFA vs. POC” (Xu Xi)

Xu Xi: “The Writing Race”   Let’s talk about race. This is not an easy subject, especially for writers in America, where race is the thing to deny you care about as you desperately try to climb the writerly ladder of fame. Let’s talk about desperation, which all MFA (and beyond) writers have, even the [Continue Reading…]

Speak No Evil Forum Response: “MFA vs. POC” (Janine Joseph)

Janine Joseph   A few weeks ago, I plugged an old external hard drive into my laptop in search of the application materials I submitted to MFA programs ten years ago. My advanced creative writing students were looking into graduate programs that week and I thought I would share one of my own applications as [Continue Reading…]

MusingWith: Poem & Responses

MusingWith: Mei-mei Berssenbrugge Kandice Chuh, Patricia Ticineto Clough, Kimiko Hahn, Jennifer Hayashida, Joseph Jonghyun Jeon, Kyoo Lee, Russell C. Leong & Simon Leung Series guest-edited by Kyoo Lee Table of Contents Turquoise Shade, by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge ………………………………… 1 after and before, by Kandice Chuh ……………………………………………….. 2 A diagram: five shades of turquoise, by Patricia Ticineto Clough … 3 [Continue Reading…]

Projects by Afghan-American Writers/Artists: Zohra Saed

[cincopa AgIAyS7nskCV] Interview with Zohra Saed, conducted by Leila Nadir. Leila Nadir: What was your childhood like growing up mixed race? What were the challenges and the blessings? Zohra Saed: “You ain’t nuthin but a skinny little chink” was scrawled in my 5th grade autograph book, which was something we got to have our friends [Continue Reading…]

Projects With Afghan-American Writers/Artists: Ariana Delawari

Interview with Ariana Delawari, conducted by Zohra Saed Ariana Delawari is a multi-media artist. She is a musician, director, actress, and photographer. Delawari’s critically acclaimed album Lion of Panjshir was recorded in both Kabul and Los Angeles and was partially produced and mixed by filmmaker David Lynch. A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, [Continue Reading…]