Cha’s 2013 Pushcart Nominations

We at Cha would like to announce our nominations for the 2012 Pushcart Prize:
Congratulations to the above nominees. We wish you the best of luck and thank you for letting us publish your wonderful work.
Also see our Best of the Net nominations this year.

New updates on 6 Cha contributors: Patrick Donnelly, Mag Tan Yee Mei, Vinita Agrawal, Wendy Xu, Nicolette Wong and Dena Rash Guzman

Patrick Donnelly

Patrick Donnelly‘s “In Which I Explain Why I Set the Fire” and “Poem Contradicting the Previous Poem” are now published in Plume. Read the poems hereThere was no fire. There was never any fire.
||  Patrick Donnelly and Stephen D. Miller’s poetry was published in issue #8 of Cha.


Mag Tan Yee Mei and Vinita Agrawal 

Mag Tan Yee Mei’s two stories “The Musician and the Muse” and “The Lampblacker” and Vinita Agrawal’s poem “Thoughts” are now available in the latest issue of Fox Chase Review
|| See Mag Tan’s Cha profile. 
|| Vinita Agrawal’s poetry was published in Issue #16 and Issue #17 of Cha.

Wendy Xu

Three poems by Wendy Xu – “YOU THINK YOU ARE SOMETHING LESS REAL THAN YOU ARE”, “WE ARE BOTH SURE TO DIE” and “WE ARE BOTH SURE TO DIE” – are now published in the new edition of Diagram
|| Wendy Xu’s poetry was published in Issue #16 of Cha. 


Nicolette Wong and Dena Rash Guzman

Nicolette Wong’s “The Runaway Conductor” and Dena Rash Guzman’s “Pages Apocalypse” and “Moon Baby Eats Lunch In Shanghai” are included in the September 2012 issue of Thrush Poetry Journal
|| Nicolette Wong’s short stories were published in Issue #1 and Issue #6 of Cha.
|| Dena Rash Guzman’s poetry was published in Issue #15 and Issue #16 of Cha.


New updates on 5 Cha contributors: Marc Vincenz, Maurice Oliver, W. F. Lantry, Todd Swift and Dena Rash Guzman

Marc Vincenz and Maurice Oliver

The June 2012 issue of Eyesocket Journal, a monthly e-zine featuring poetry and photography/artwork and edited by former Cha contributor Maurice Oliver, is now out! Featured in this issue are four poems by Marc Vincenz, “Moon Trees, a Mouldering”, “Black Skies”, “The Uh-Huh” and “Barcelona B a c k h a n d”.
|| See Marc Vincenz’s Cha profile.  
|| Maurice Oliver’s poetry was published in issue #3 of Cha


W.F. Lantry

…………………………………..“even the slow / progress of stones reflects a whispered prayer.” –from W.F. Lantry’s “Sailing Stones” 
W.F. Lantry’s four new poems, “Songe”, “Six Thousand Steps”, “Romance” and “Sailing Stones” are now published in Escape into Life, each poem is accompanied by a beautiful photograph. 
|| Read W.F. Lantry’s Cha profile.


Todd Swift

“I Go Out in My Suit, Too White for this Weather” and “The Morning after Speaking to an Eighty-four Year-old Blind Woman, on the Loss of Her virginity”, two new poems by Todd Swift, are published in the début issue of The Battersea Review. Read them here
||  Todd Swift’s poems were published in issue #2issue #3 and issue #11 of Cha.


Dena Rash Guzman

Dena Rash Guzman’s new fiction “Belva’s Meat Market” is available in Issue #29 of Ducts, a webzine of personal stories. Dena’s story is loosely based on true events.
|| Dena Rash Guzman’s poetry was published in Issue #15 and Issue #16 of Cha.


New updates on 3 Cha contributors: Robert E. Wood, Marc Vincenz and Dena Rash Guzman

Robert E. Wood

Robert E. Wood’s poem “Breathless” is published in the May 2012 issue of Blue Fifth Review. ‘She has come to Paris to study art / and her own reflection.’ 
|| See Robert E. Wood’s Cha profile


Marc Vincenz

Marc Vincenz’s poem “The Policeman Who Came to See You”, previously published in Prime Number Magazine, is now up at October Babies. What does the policeman want? Who is he asking after?
||  See Marc Vincenz’s Cha profile.  


Dena Rash Guzman

Dena Rash Guzman’s “I, I, I.” is now available in Ink Node. The persona of the poem liked street animals. Why? Find out here. 
|| Dena Rash Guzman’s poetry was published in Issue #15 and Issue #16 of Cha.


New updates on 4 Cha contributors: Marc Vincenz, Changming Yuan, Craig Santos Perez and Dena Rash Guzman

Marc Vincenz and Changming Yuan

The new issue of Mad Hatters’ Review is now out! It is a tribute issue to Carol Novack (founder of MHR) and is edited by Cha contributor Marc Vincenz. The issue features 100+ writers, poets, artists, musicians and tightrope walkers as well as work by Carol that has never been seen before. Changming Yuan has two pieces (audio recordings) in the issue.
|| See Marc Vincenz’s Cha profile.
|| Changming Yuan’s poetry was published in Issue #13 of Cha. 


Craig Santos Perez

Craig Santos Perez‘s poetry collection From Unincorporated Territory was chosen for 60 for 60, a list of sixty books that represent, promote, and showcase Guam and Micronesia. This list was compiled by the University of Guam’s Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Library in celebration of University’s 60th Anniversary. See the full list here.

|| Craig Santos Perez’s review was been published in issue #9 of Cha.

Dena Rash Guzman
Read Dena Rash Guzman‘s poem “Liberty and Doorknobs on H.A.L. Publishing. 

|| Dena Rash Guzman’s poetry was published in Issue #15 and Issue #16 of Cha.


Updates on 8 contributors: Arthur Leung, Daryl Yam, Cyril Wong, Ivy Alvarez, Marc Vincenz, Rumjhum Biswas, Dena Rash Guzman and Kristine Ong Muslim

Arthur Leung, Daryl Yam and Cyril Wong

The new issue of Quarterly Literary Review Singapore is now available! Read Arthur Leung’s “Chicken Rice in Singapore” (a reinterpretation of Leung Ping-kwan’s Chinese poem), Daryl Yam’s stories “It’s Not Valid” and “Love Is A Killer” and Cyril Wong’s regular column, Acid Tongue – this time the topic is “More things wrong in American poetry”. There is also a review of Chris Mooney-Singh’s The Bearded Chameleon by David Fedo in the new issue. 
|| See Arthur Leung’s Cha profile.
|| Daryl Yam’s poetry is forthcoming in Issue #17 of Cha.
|| Cyril Wong’s poetry was published in Issue#1 of Cha. 
|| Chris Mooney-Singh’s poetry was published in Issue #2 of Cha.


Ivy Alvarez

Ivy Alvarez‘s poem “An Unidentified Man” is published in the April 2012 issue of Our Own Voice.   

|| See Ivy Alvarez’s Cha profile. 


Marc Vincenz

A Russian translation of Marc Vincenz’s poem, “Taishan Mountain”, translated by Jenya Krein, is published in the new issue of the Russian-language literary journal OKNO. Scroll to the bottom of the page to read/see the poem in Russian. You can also read the English original and Marc’s discussion of it on the Lantern Review blog

|| See Marc Vincenz’s Cha profile.

Rumjhum Biswas
Rumjhum Biswas’s poem “Last Night I Dreamed of Valpolicella” is available on Every Day Poets.
 || See Rumjhum Biswas’s Cha profile. 

Dena Rash Guzman
Read Dena Rash Guzman’s discussion of Zachary Schomburg’s video poem “Your Limbs Will Be Torn Off In a Farm Accident” on The Rumpus. It’s a beautiful poem and Dena’s personal take on it is equally beautiful.
|| Dena Rash Guzman’s poetry was published in Issue #15 and Issue #16 of Cha.


Kristine Ong Muslim
Kristine Ong Muslim‘s poem “The Half-Butterfly” is available in Punchnel’s.  
|| Kristine Ong Muslim’s poetry was published in issue #9 of Cha and her poem “Preface to a Pornographer’s Dirty Book” is discussed here.


New updates on 5 Cha contributors: Dena Rash Guzman, Craig Santos Perez, Marc Vincenz, W.F. Lantry and Ocean Vuong

Dena Rash Guzman

Read Dena Rash Guzman‘s poem “Bad Had God” in ink node.

Dena Rash Guzman’s poetry was published in Issue #15 and Issue #16 of Cha.


Craig Santos Perez

Craig Santos Perez‘s poem “Does Huam Suck?” is published in the latest issue of VOLT. This is a poem from Craig’s fourth, unwritten book. 

Craig Santos Perez’s review was been published in issue #9 of Cha.


Marc Vincenz

 Marc Vincenz’s poem “Psychotropics” , previous published in Pull of the Gravitons (Right Hand Pointing, 2012), is featured on October Babies
Read Marc Vincenz’s Cha profile.

W.F. Lantry
W.F. Lantry‘s small poem, “Exchange”, which concerns the gifts of Spring, and other things, is now available at Extract(s), your daily dose of literature. 
Read W.F. Lantry’s Cha profile.   

Ocean Vuong
 A Pocket Broadside (i.e. literature that fits in your pocket!) by Ocean Vuong — a miniature poem titled “Mother Tongue” — is now available on Lantern Review and Kartika Review‘s Tumblr. To see all of the Pocket Broadsides they’ve posted so far, visit the project’s website
Ocean Vuong’s poem “Paramour” was published in issue#10 of Cha; the poem has been nominated for inclusion in Best of the Net Anthology 2010.


New updates on 4 Cha contributors: Dena Rash Guzman, Tony Barnstone, Ricky Garni and Marc Vincenz

Dena Rash Guzman
The fourth issue of Unshod Quills (editors: Dena Rash Guzman and Wendy Ellis) is now available.  The themes of the issue are Las Vegas, David Lynch, Cheese, Democracy, Secret Life, Razor Dance, and Silent Movie. The issue contains poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, photography and art. Read the new issue here.
Dena Rash Guzman’s poetry was published in Issue #15 and Issue #16 of Cha.

Tony Barnstone

Listen to this lively and very interesting conversation between Tony Barnstone and host Melissa Studdard about Tony’s poetry. 
Tony Barnstone’s translation was published in Issue #14 of Cha. 

Ricky Garni

Ricky Garni‘s new poem “Painter” is featured in the latest issue of Literary Bohemian. How nice to see the painter getting up. 
Ricky Garni’s poetry was published in Issue #16 of Cha. 

Marc Vincenz

Marc Vincenz’s poem, “Stacks and Smokes”, previously appeared in, is now available on October Babies.
Read Marc Vincenz’s Cha profile.


Shanghai Tunnels Project – Video Poetry Contest

from the Unshod Quills website:

HAL PUBLISHING OF SHANGHAI CHINA  and UNSHOD QUILLS OF PORTLAND, OREGON have teamed up with Portland’s Monica Storss to produce a cross-cultural, trans-Pacific video poetry film festival. Hosting bi-lateral events in Shanghai and Portland, the festival will celebrate the spoken word as infused by the medium of film, promoting and connecting artists from around the world.
Shanghai and Portland, Oregon have more in common than meets the untrained eye. Dark, busy, and both studded with Shanghai tunnels (those in Portland were used in the insidious pursuit of many illegal activities, including the kidnapping of young men for use as slave sailors on the Pacific; Shanghai’s own tunnels transport people in cars beneath the river to do whatever the hell they want). Both cities are divided by a river of trade and both cities are booming with literary communities as vibrant as anywhere else in the world. Both cities lay claim to Unshod Quills and HAL Publishing, sister sites and companies united in the pursuit of promoting excellent art and literature the world over.
$300 USD (RMB 1900) Grand Prize – Judges Choice for Best Video Poem – Second and Third Prizes – Screening Events in Shanghai and Portland, Oregon – Publication on HAL and Unshod Quills – SECOND AND THIRD PRIZES – DINNER AND BOOKS – more TBA
HAL Publishing, independent English language publisher based in Shanghai, China and Unshod Quills, a Pandemic Journal of the Arts and Letters based in Portland, Oregon, in cooperation with Monica Storss ( of Portland, Oregon announce the first ever SHANGHAI TUNNELS PROJECT — AN INTERNATIONAL POETRY FILM FESTIVAL.
With screening events to be held during March 2012 in both Portland, Oregon and Shanghai, China, this festival will celebrate the art of video poetry—the mix of verse and video into a creative form all its own.
Between now and February 22, 2012, poets and video artists are invited to submit a video poem for entry into the festival. Initial judging will be conducted by editors from HAL Publishing and Unshod Quills.
Eleven finalists will be chosen. Three must reside in Shanghai and three must reside in Portland; remaining finalists may be from anywhere in the universe.
Finally, an international panel of five independent judges (including Mike Tsang, Editor at Penguin Books China, Tammy Ho Lai-Ming, editor for Hong Kong’s Asian Cha and London’s Fleeting Magazines, B Frayn Masters, writer and producer of Portland, Oregon’s Back Fence PDX, and author and publisher Kevin Sampsell, of Portland’s Future Tense Books)  will select the grand prize winner from a group of eleven finalists. Two judges will be Shanghai-based, two will be Portland-based and one will be based elsewhere.
Those eleven finalists will be featured at events screened live in Portland and Shanghai where audience members will be provided with a chance to vote for their city’s second and third place choices. There will be only one grand prize winner, but there will be two second and two third place winners.
Grand prize winner will be announced prior to the event
GRAND PRIZE: One winner will be awarded $300 USD/ 1900 RMB
SECOND PRIZE: (LOCALS ONLY) one artist based in Shanghai and one artist based in Portland will be awarded dinner and drinks for two at a local restaurant (Shanghai) or at UQ editor Dena Rash Guzman’s delightful pastoral home, Stargazer Farm in Sandy, Oregon, and assorted books provided by Future Tense Publishing (Portland.) One copy for each winner of HAL’s newest publication Middle Kingdom Underground will be awarded. Once copy for each winner of HAL’s first publication, Party Like It’s 1984 will be awarded.
THIRD PRIZE: Two finalists will receive a collection of books from HAL Publishing and other sponsors.
(All prizes are subject to change depending on sponsorship, but the guaranteed GRAND PRIZE will be a minimum of $300.)
  • For the purposes of this competition and festival, video poetry is defined as a piece of film or video based around a poem. Therefore, entries must be a video or film and it must feature either some form of poetic text or spoken word.
  • Video poetry entered into the contest is not to exceed five minutes in length.
  • Each contestant may enter one (1) video poem.
  • Videos may have been previously published, but they must reasonably be the property of the contestant. Collaborations between filmmakers and poets are welcome, but failure by the contestant to ensure both parties are willing to submit the video will result in disqualification. Further, any copyrighted material of any length or media not belonging to the contestant or his/her collaborator is strictly disallowed. By entering the contest, the participant agrees to relieve Shanghai Tunnels and its associates of all responsibility for ensuring work is legal to disseminate and that all parties owning rights to the video have been notified of entry.
  • Contestants may live anywhere in the world. However, three Shanghai and three Portland based artists will be chosen in the preliminary round.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Contestants may enter by completing an entry form providing a link to a hosted video poem to the email addresses provided for this purpose. No files will be accepted. Vimeo and Youtube, for example, are acceptable formats for initial entry.
  • Finalists will be notified by March 1. Finalists will have five days to submit their work via an electronic file sharing system to the contest holders. A method will be assigned when finalists are announced. Failure to do so will disqualify finalist from the contest.
  • Employees, family members, domestic partners, editors or board members of HAL Publishing, Unshod Quills or Monica Storss Publicity are ineligible to enter.
Please download, fill out and return the entry form above by February 22 to both and || enter ST SUBMISSION into header to ensure the proper delivery of your entry for the competition. || Please contact Wendy at with any inquiries or questions. Thank you! Good luck.

Dena Rash Guzman’s poetry was published in Issue #15 of Cha.

Cha "Encountering" Poetry Contest – finalists

Thank you to all who submitted work to Cha‘s “Encountering” Poetry contest. Out of 400 highly accomplished submissions, judges Arthur Leung and Tammy Ho have selected the following seven poems as the finalists. Although we had originally intended only to recognise six poems, we had to add one more place because we thought the following seven pieces were so strong and we could not forgo any of them. Please scroll down to read the poets’ biographies and their commentaries on the poems. All seven poems will be published in the forthcoming issue of the journalWe would also like to take this opportunity to thank our anonymous patron from San José, USA who generously donated the cash prizes.

UPDATED: After reading all the winning poems, our patron has decided to raise the highly-recommended prize from £5 to £10 each. He agreed it is difficult to let any of the poems go. He also wanted us to reiterate that the purpose of the contest was not to make money (that’s why we did not charge any entry fees) but to reward good writing. We are very excited and honoured to present these poems to you in the March 2012 issue of Cha.

UPDATED: The March 2012 issue of Cha has now been launched.

“Sonia Wants to Rent an Apartment” by José Manuel Sevilla

José Manuel Sevilla on “Sonia Wants to Rent an Apartment”: The poem belongs to the new book I am writing. All poems are related to real people that I know or have met in the past. Sonia is a friend living in Barcelona. As the rest of the poems of this book, all images are part of my own biography, since my teenage years when I belonged to a clandestine organization fighting the remains of the dictatorship, my business trips, my visit to Croatia during the Balkan’s war, my stay in Berlin when the Wall was opened, my life with my wife in Mexico and in Hong Kong or my interest in History and particularly in the atrocities of the 20th Century, like Auschwitz and Hiroshima. READ THE POEM HERE.

Bio: Born in Barcelona in 1959, José Manuel Sevilla has published several poetry books including Alicia in Ikea’s catalogue (2004) and Ashes of Auschwitz en Eighteen Dogs (2009, Angel Urrutia Award). He founded “Poets against Aids” in Spain and co-founded the theatre Group “Bonobos”. He has also translated Peter Reading’s C into Spanish. Sevilla has been living in Hong Kong since 2003.

“Flashback Sonnet: B-Film Actress Seeks Lost Bastard Child” by Ranjani Murali

Ranjani Murali on “Flashback Sonnet: B-Film Actress Seeks Lost Bastard Child”: The poem is part of my latest project, which is a meditation on archetypes and tropes from Hindi and Tamil cinema. The scene was based on my memory of an ’80’s Tamil song, where the heroine is reclining on sand, beckoning to her lover. I was intrigued by how much work goes into constructing “gaze” and/or desirability. This meditation seemed to need a form that was sensitive to a turn in perspective–how one is constructed by others and how one constructs the self–and the sonnet seemed to fit the idea perfectly. I had to revise the poem several times in the past six months, and I’m happy that it is, in some ways, a mouthpiece for my forthcoming project. READ THE POEM HERE.

Bio: Ranjani Murali received her MFA in poetry from George Mason University, where she taught creative writing, English, and composition. She was the recipient of Vermont Studio Center’s Kay Evans Poetry fellowship and a nonfiction fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.

“Reunion” by Aditi Rao

Aditi Rao on “Reunion”: To me, “Reunion” is essentially a poem about rebuilding, about what has been lost, what can be salvaged, and the stages involved in that process. I think of relationships between people as the creation of a common “language” — a way of making sense of the world together. This poem explores that idea through different stages of re-creating a fractured relationship. The form of this poem was a happy accident. I had just spent a week with close friend who is a playwright, and we’d talked a fair bit about what makes a scene and about telling an important story in a moment between characters. So, when I sat down to write what would become “reunion,” the stage directions and dialogue format were in my mind, and this format gave me the freedom to play with time in the poem in way I found really interesting. READ THE POEM HERE.

Bio: Aditi Rao is a poet based in New Delhi, India. Winner of the 2011 Srinivas Rayaprol Prize for poetry, Rao facilitates writing workshops in Delhi and works as a consultant in the field of peace education. She holds a Masters’ of Fine Arts in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.


|| “On Encountering Jean-Claude Van Damme” by Andrew Barker ||

Andrew Barker on “On Encountering Jean-Claude Van Damn”: This piece was written as an attempt to turn an anecdote into a poetic work. That anecdote concerning encountering the man in question during a night out in which he was presumably, as the wealthy often are, ‘suffering an adverse reaction to a prescribed medicine,’ or being what the rest of us are in such situations ‘Off his tits.’ If it works as a poem, it works due to the line length example of form imitating content, the poem moves as erratically as he does, and for the last line. There is something impressive about watching somebody who really doesn’t care what anybody else thinks about them. As anyone who has ever encountered Chris Doyle will testify, there is something impressive about watching someone who can still get the job done, do the work they’ve set out to do, at the level at which they do it and be that out of it. I can’t do it. And I’m jealous. The poetry is in that final, ambiguous realization. There is something impressive about watching someone making a fool of themselves who simply doesn’t care that you think they are making a fool of themselves. He got the girl as well. READ THE POEM HERE.

Bio: Andrew Barker lives in Hong Kong. He is the author of Snowblind from my Protective Colouring (2009). He has degrees in English Literature, Anglo/Irish Literature and American Literature. He teaches at various universities and has recently completed a 450 page novel in verse set in Onegin Stanzas.

|| “When I Was the Chinaman’s Granddaughter-In-Law” by Dena Rash Guzman || 

Dena Rash Guzman on “When I Was the Chinaman’s Granddaughter-In-Law”: I wrote this poem in 2008, the Year of the Rat. It is a direct recollection of a memory from the 1996 Lunar New Year Festival, the Year of the Rat. I lived in Las Vegas, Nevada at the time and was nearly 24 years old. Soo Chin was from Hong Kong. He had probably been in the United States for a little over 40 years. I wish to know more about his story, but I have only bits and pieces of it, and no way now to learn more. I have lost contact with Grandpa Chin. However, he had a huge impact on my life, and I could fill a small book with Grandpa Chin’s memory and his confusing, but always welcome and often profound, wisdom. READ THE POEM HERE.

Bio: Dena Rash Guzman lives on an organic produce farm outside Portland, Oregon. In 2011 she was awarded Judge’s Prize for best performance at the first ever Shanghai Erotic Fiction Competition. She is founding editor of the literary journal Unshod Quills.

|| “Sample 70215, 84” by R. Joseph Capet ||

R. Joseph Capet on “Sample 70215, 84”: I suppose this poem was born out of the stories my father used to tell of a special program he was in as a boy, volunteering in the Air and Space Museum in Washington. His favorite thing there was the moon rocks—much larger pieces kept in storage than the fragments that are out on public display at any given time. I wanted to capture something of the paradoxical way that, for those (like my father) who watched the moon landing, the Apollo missions added a whole new romance to that distant place, even as the thought of touching it began to wear away at the mystery it had always embodied in the mythologies and occult symbols of the world. READ THE POEM HERE.

Bio: R. Joseph Capet is a poet, playwright, and essayist whose work has appeared in decomP, The Montreal Review, and ITCH. He currently serves as poetry editor for P.Q. Leer in addition to teaching poetry at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, OR.

|| “Bees” by Shivani Sivagurunathan ||

Shivani Sivagurunathan on “Bees”: As romantic as it sounds, the first line of the poem came to me one night just before bed. Too lazy to run to the nearest sheet of paper, I chose to turn off the lights and do the most practical thing: sleep. The line, however, remained fresh in the morning and so I proceeded to write the poem. I had recently been contemplating the coexistence of the ordinary and the extraordinary in relationships- how initial explosive engagements between people, after a long period of time, become associated with regular, pragmatic objects like fans and kettles; how such items may be triggers of memories of ancient truths and, consequently, I wanted to explore the spontaneous encounters people have with surreal moments in the context of everyday life, and the impact that they bring on forgotten intimacies. READ THE POEM HERE.

Bio: Shivani Sivagurunathan is a Malaysian fiction writer and poet. Her poetry chapbook, Chiaroscuro, was published by bedouin books in 2010 and her collection of short stories Wildlife on Coal Island came out in August, 2011. She now lives in Malaysia and lectures at University Putra Malaysia.

Third issue of Unshod Quills

The third issue of Unshod Quills: A Pandemic Journal of Arts and Letters (editor: Dena Rash Guzman) is now live. It features work on the themes of love, coffee, David Bowie, Joan of Arc, Dancing About Architecture, and Childhood by Brian Tibbetts, Catherine Woodard, David Tomaloff, Frank Reardon, Gray Brian Thomas, Holly Hinkle, James H. Duncan, Jason Herzog, Jenny Forrester, Jenny Hayes, Jimmy Burns, Joey Dammit, Kevin Sampsell, Kevin Shea, Khadija Anderson, M. Kline, Matty Byloos, Nancy Flynn, Robert Meyer, Rusty Barnes, Ryan Werner, Sugahtank John Roubanis, Terry Faust, Timothy Gager, Valery Petrovsky, W.M. Butler and X. Joloronde. Check out the new issue here.
Dena Rash Guzman’s poetry was published in Issue #15 of Cha.

Dena Rash Guzman in Middle Kingdom Underground

On Dec. 3, Haliterature, Shanghai’s independent English language publishing house, will release its second anthology, Middle Kingdom Underground – 13 Stories From the People’s Republic ofCha contributor Dena Rash Guzman has two stories in this book, one co-written by Hal’s founder and owner, Bjorn Wahlstrom of Shanghai.

The release party is a four-day arts festival at River South Arts Center in Shanghai featuring art, live music, literature, a very rock and roll poetry slam and a multimedia group-based feature performance of Dena’s story titled “A Brief History of Dan Orange of Shanghai.” The festival culminates in a “Hangover Brunch” at River South Arts Center. 

Dena has kindly offered us two free passes to the festivities. These are very precious and if you are going to be in Shanghai and are interested in the events, please write to Cha editor Tammy Ho [] for more information. 

Dena Rash Guzman was awarded judge’s prize for best performance at the first ever Shanghai Erotica Competition, staged by HAL, That’s Shanghai Magazine and Lelo Pleasure Objects, and later that year her play, “Shanghai Cigarettes” was staged by the Shanghai Repertory Theater. Her poetry is forthcoming in the fourth anniversary issue of Cha, due out on 20th November, 2011.