Now more than ever, we need to hear voices from those who have been marginalized, to hear the hungry voices, the voices of survival, women's voices, the voices of resilience, the voices of healing. We need our writing to take back our lives.
Streaming to you live, a reading from Mong-Lan's seven books of poetry (and three chapbooks) and writings that deal with these themes. She will also read new work. During the hour, she will also perform some songs with voice and guitar that touch upon this issue. Musical harmony is a great way to complement poetry and promote healing.
This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers, thanks to a grant from the Hearst Foundations.
Bio: Mong-Lan, poet, writer, former Stegner Fellow at Stanford Univ, a Fulbright Scholar, winner of a Pushcart Prize, the Juniper Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Awards for Poetry, is the author of seven books and three chapbooks, the most recent of which is the full length collection, Dusk Aflame: poems & art, and the chapbook, Tone of Water in a Half-Filled Glass. Other books include One Thousand Minds Brimming; Song of the Cicadas; Why is the Edge Always Windy?, Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art; Tango, Tangueando: Poemas & Dibujos (the bilingual Spanish-English edition); Love Poem to Tofu & Other Poems (poetry & calligraphic art, chapbook); Love Poem to Ginger & Other Poems: poetry & paintings (chapbook); Force of the Heart: Tango, Art. Mong-Lan’s poetry has been nationally and internationally anthologized to include being in Best American Poetry; The Pushcart Book of Poetry: Best Poems from 30 Years of the Pushcart Prize; Asian American Poetry: the Next Generation; Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (Norton); and has appeared in journals such Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, and North American Review. Mong-Lan received her Master of Fine Arts from the Univ of Arizona. Also a dancer, painter, photographer, musician, composer and singer, she left her native Viet Nam on the last day of the evacuation of Sai Gon. Mong-Lan has read and performed her poetry and music on many stages. Visit: https://www.monglan.com