New updates on 6 Cha contributors: John McKernan, Gillian Sze, Greg Santos, Marc Vincenz, Sumana Roy and Nicolette Wong

John McKernan

Yes,  Juked is showcasing its May 2012 issue right now but John Mckernan’s poem “Old Guys in the Steam Room 132° F” appeared in the February issue and I have missed it. The poem ends with these poignant lines: ‘I know how to change things to last / I’m talking beautiful It is weird’ 
||  John McKernan’s poetry was published in Issue #15 of Cha and is forthcoming in the June 2012 issue.  His poem“We Used Chalk” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize 2012.  


Gillian Sze and Greg Santos

Greg Santos interviews Gillian Sze in the latest issue of carte blanche. Gillian talks about her experience editing Branch Magazine and her second collection of poetry, The Anatomy of Clay, among other things. Read the whole interview here.
|| Read Gillian Sze’s Cha profile. Her poem “Sonnet II” was discussed on A Cup of Fine Tea.
|| Greg Santos’s poem “Siem Reap, Cambodia” was published in issue #10 of Cha and discussed here. 


Marc Vincenz

Marc Vincenz’s poem “The Sour that Sweetens the Bitter” is featured in Issue #63 of Durable Goods. Learn more about the publication here.
|| See Marc Vincenz’s Cha profile.  


Sumana Roy

 Sumana Roy’s essay on Amit Chaudhuri’s On Tagore, entitled “Reading the Reader”, now available in Open.
|| See Sumana Roy’s Cha profile.

Nicolette Wong

The second anniversary issue of A-Minor (editor: Nicolette Wong) is now available! Read the entire issue here.  
|| Nicolette Wong’s short stories were published in Issue #1 and Issue #6 of Cha.    


Best of the Net 2009 Nominations

Cha is happy to announce that we have decided to nominate the following pieces of work for inclusion in Best of the Net Anthology 2009, published by Sundress Publications. Congratulations to these writers and good luck!

Poems nominated by Cha: An Asian Literary Journal for inclusion in Best of the Net 2009:
= Reid Mitchell, “Flowers Are As Permanent As Brick” (issue #4, August 2008)
= Isabela Banzon, “Kids Everywhere and You and Me in Nowhere” (issue #4, August 2008)
= Jennifer Wong, “Companions” (issue #5, November 2008)
= Phoebe Tsang, “Song for a Commuting Gravedigger” (issue #6, February 2009)
= Gillian Sze, “Sonnet II” (issue #6, February 2009)
= Iris A. Law, “Circumnavigation” (issue #7, May 2009)
Short stories nominated by Cha: An Asian Literary Journal for inclusion in Best of the Net 2009:
= Nirmala Pillai, “The Killing” (issue #5, November 2008)
= Caitlin Militello, “Coming of Age” (issue #7, May 2009)

Launch of Gillian Sze’s Fish Bones

Gillian Sze’s new poetry book Fish Bones will be launched on Sunday April 26 2009. Time: 2-3:30 pm Location: Delta Centre-Ville near Victoria Square Metro, 777 University St., Montreal, QC
Gillian will also be reading on the same evening at The Pilot Reading Series, presented by Matrix Magazine, the Quebec Writers Federation, and Pop Montreal. Other readers include Jason Camlot, Catherine Graham, Nick McArthur and Sandra Davies. The event will be hosted by Mike Spry and there will be music by Billy Fong Foundation. Time: Sunday April 26; Venue: Blizzarts 3956a St. Laurent; doors @ 8readings @ 9.

Gillian Sze’s poetry has been published in issue #5 and issue #6 of Cha. She will be the guest editor of the February 2010 issue (issue#10) of the journal.

Poetry Chapbooks by Gillian Sze

This is the Colour I Love You Best (2007) and A Tender Invention (2008) are early poetry collections by Gillian Sze, both published by Withwords Press and beautifully illustrated by Rob Huynh. In these handmade chapbooks, Sze deals with themes of absence and growing up – in styles of free verse and a play on forms. Entwined with matters of love, each poem allows space for imagination, reflection, and invention.

Gillian Sze’s poetry has been published in issue #5 of Cha.