Cha’s March 2013 Issue (#20) Launch Reading at AWP

There will be a launch reading for the March 2013 issue of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal at AWP. The event will be hosted by guest editors Kaitlin Solimine and Marc Vincenz and co-hosted by the Fairbank Center forChinese Studies at Harvard University.
Feature readings by past and current Cha contributors Eleanor Goodman, Bill Lantry, Kim Liao, Mai Mang (Yibing Huang), Tracy Slater, Marc Vincenz, and Nicholas YB Wong

World Voices: Eddie Tay | 11 August 2011

Is there space for poetry in the mental life of people in Singapore and Hong Kong? How does one survive and thrive in these two ultra-modern, pragmatic and cosmopolitan cities and stay true to one’s artistic calling? How does one balance the contemplative, aesthetic and hermit- like endeavours of a poet with globalised Asian environments that celebrate business, busy-ness, and wi-fi connections?
For the August edition of World Voices, HK-based poet, literature professor and reviews editor Eddie Tay will be reading from his recent poetry collection, The Mental Life of Cities, and talking about how he draws inspiration from urban life in these two frenetic Asian cities. 
About Eddie Tay

Eddie Tay grew up in Singapore and has been living in Hong Kong for the past eight years. As a poet, literature professor, researcher, and reviews editor of an online literary journal, he has come to see poetry (and literature) not just as words on a page, but as social and aesthetic impulses working their way through local and global communities.

Eddie Tay is the author of three poetry collections, Remnants, A Lover’s Soliloquy, and most recently, The Mental Life of Cities. The first two collections consist of free translations of Tang Dynasty poetry as well as original poems, while his most recent collection which features bilingual poems is inspired by how English and Chinese intertwine and take root in the modern Asian cities of Singapore and Hong Kong. Colony, Nation and Globalisation: Not at Home in Singaporean and Malaysian Literature, his study of colonial and contemporary literature of Singapore and Malaysia, was published this year.

Tay teaches children’s literature and the reading and writing of poetry at the Department of English, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a member of the Poetry OutLoud collective based in HK. He was a featured poet at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival 2011. He is also serving as Reviews Editor at the online journal, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal.


Mani Rao reads | 17 June 2011

Reading on June 17
Toto Funds the Arts
is delighted to invite you to a reading by poet and author
Mani Rao
of her radical, literary translation of the Bhagavad Gita
She will be in conversation with Arshia Sattar
Venue: Crossword Bookstore, ACR Towers, Ground Floor, 32 Residency Road, Bangalore – 1
Date and time: Friday, 17 June 2011 at 6.30 pm
In this bold, new translation of the Gita, poet Mani Rao cuts past conventions and uses language innovatively; at the same time she adheres strictly to the meaning of the Sanskrit original and is sensitive to its nuances.
Read more about the event here.

Mani Rao’s poetry was published in issue #1 of Cha.

Into East River(s): Chinese / American Artists and Asian American Poets

Date: Thursday, June 2, 2011
Time: 4PM to 8PM
Place: 25 West 43rd Street, 19th Floor
between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan
Free Admission – Limited Space, Registration Required

To register, please call 212-869-0182.

For thousands of years, rivers – both East and West – have been used as a source of food and drinking, for energy, and for navigation. Culturally and politically, rivers have also been used to delineate the boundaries of nations, regions, and communities. New York City’s East River, for instance, is a “navigation” passage way for the city’s natives, immigrants, and refugees alike. Other rivers, both East and West, be it the Yangtze, Tigris, Thames, Los Angeles, or the Mekong, and their tributaries, have both linked and demarcated cultures, countries, and politics. 

Curated by Russell C. Leong, AAARI’s CUNY Thomas Tam Visiting Professor at Hunter College; and Yibing Huang, Professor of Modern Chinese Literature at Connecticut College, Leong and Huang hope that this program will lead to more bilingual and bicultural dialogue.

4PM – Registration
4:30PM – Images of Exclusion and Inclusion
Zhang Dali in Conversation with Curators Yibing Huang and David Rong (Bilingual Program)
*Chinese artist Zhang Dali’s work focuses upon the constant revision, erasure and exclusion of certain moments and figures in modern history, particularly, late 20th-Century Chinese history. By exposing the man-made blank or absence beneath various official news and photographical documents, Zhang shows that there is always a “second history” that needs to be dug out and restored against collective amnesia and silence.
Corky Lee in Conversation with Prof. Peter Kwong
*Chinese American artist Corky Lee selects images from his 250,000 images of Asian America.  Lee has for 40 years sought to “include” what has been neglected by the mass media: the expression, politics and culture “inside” communities rather than from the outside, viewing his subjects as the determining “subjects” rather than as the “objects” of history.  Turning a stereotype on its head, Corky refers to his work and forthcoming book as “what’s not on the menu”—in other words, both as what is absent and what is authentic and cannot be located in the tourists’ guidebook.
5:30PM – Supper
What’s Not on the Menu – Join artists, writers, and curators for a light supper.
7PM – Into East River(s): An Asian American Poetry Reading
To Recognize All those Who Enter America
On June 6, 1993, at around 2 a.m., the Golden Venture – a ship bearing 286 immigrants from China (mostly from the province of Fujian) along with 13 crew members – ran aground on Rockaway  Beach in Queens, New York after a mutiny by the smugglers. The ship had set sail from Thailand, stopped in Kenya and circled the Cape of Good Hope en route.
  • Meena Alexander
  • Ken Chen
  • Jennifer Hayashida
  • Andrew Hsiao
  • Lisa Chen
  • Andrea Lim
  • Mai Mang
  • Russell C. Leong
  • Zhang Zhen
  • Huang Xiang
Literary Affiliate
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
  • Read Yibing Huang’s Cha profile.
  • Russell C. Leong’s poetry was published in issue #1 of Cha.

The launch of Greg Santos’s THE EMPEROR’S SOFA | April 29, 2011

Greg Santos’s The Emperor’s Sofa (DC Books) is being launched in Montreal on April 29th at The Blue Metropolis Festival. Greg will be reading from the collection and four other DC Books authors will also be reading and launching their books. now up, with online ordering possibilities. More information about the launch HERE.
Greg Santos’s poetry was published in issue #10 of Cha.

Asian Content for the World’s Children | 26-28 May 2011

From their website:

Theme: Connecting With Connected Kids
Once upon a cyberspace, children explored the world through libraries, bedtime tales and story books. Books are still around, but they are looking different. As technology puts media access into children’s pockets and bedrooms, how do content makers stay connected with connected kids?
Get the answers at The Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) in Singapore from 26 – 28 May 2011. Organised by the National Book Development Council of Singapore and The Arts House, this festival is back — bigger, better and bolder.
Join experts from around the world at Asia’s gateway to the international children’s content market. Celebrate, contemplate and collaborate on exciting new ways to engage, educate and empower the world’s children on a global stage through uniquely Asian content.

NUS Literary Society Evening of Poetry and Music 26 Feb. 2011

The annual NUS Literary Society Evening of Poetry and Music will feature upcoming writers and literary figures, interspersed with live musical performances from NUS music groups. Also included in the EPM will be the prize presentation for the ’10/’11 Creative Writing Competition and readings by the winners.

Alvin Pang and Ovidia Yu, judges of this year’s competition, will appear as special guests of the evening. More information here.
Alvin Pang’s poetry was published in Issue #2 of Cha and his photography was published in Issue #12 of Cha.

Gillian Sze reads (13 February 2011)

“Some of the city’s most well-known poets bring the love at an Infinitheatre fundraiser this Sunday, Feb. 13 from 5–7 p.m. at Bain St-Michel (5300 St-Dominique). Mike Spry, Gillian Sze, Mary di Michele, and others will read the love poetry of well-known Montreal poets like Irving Layton and Leonard Cohen. Wine and cheese will follow, with music by Karen Young.”

ARTSWEEK, Montreal Mirror

Read Gillian Sze’s Cha profile.

W. F. Lantry reads – Saturday 05 Feb 2011

From their website:

In an exciting cultural event celebrating the 36th anniversary of Voices Israel, co-editor Michael Dickel, visiting from Jerusalem, will host poets Matthew Anish, Stanley H. Barkan, Julia Birdsall, Asya Graf, Adeena Karasick, W. F. Lantry, Pearse Murray, Judith R. Robinson, Ruth Sabath Rosenthal, Patti Tana, and James K. Zimmerman as they read their contributions to Voices Israel 2010 (Volume 36) and more. Malijoy Livingstone, a Scottish-born Israeli, will also be reading.

More information here.
W.F. Lantry’s poetry was published in Issue #12 of Cha.

Lunar New Year Mouth to Mouth Open Mic: Kelly Tsai and Ocean Vuong

From their website:

2011 is starting off with a bang! We’re ushering in the new year with a Mouth to Mouth Open Mic featuring activist and spoken word artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai and poet Ocean Vuong. So, come, bring a friend, and be ready to get your socks rocked off by poetry.

More information here.

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.



Lantern Review is hosting a joint reading with Boxcar Poetry Review on Friday night (the 4th) at 7:30 pm, at Go Mama Go! (1809 14th St. NW). Entrance is pay-as-you-wish. About 16 writers from the two journals will be reading and light refreshments will be provided. The event is open for all and is an AWP off-site event. More information is available at the event’s Facebook invitation page. Also check out Lantern Review’s blog


Association of Stories in Macao
ASM’s 2010 Booklaunch
to be held at CCI (Creative Macau) Macau Cultural Centre
4.30 pm Saturday 18th December
Guest of Honour
The distinguished Hong Kong scholar and poet
Professor Leung Ping Kwan
At a ceremony to be held at CCI (Creative Macau) at the Macao Cultural Centre, ASM (the Association of Stories in Macao) will launch thirteen new books, covering a range of categories, including contemporary and classical poetry, poetry translation, short fiction and life writing.
Guest of honour at the launch will be the famous Hong Kong poet and Lingnan University Comparative Literature Chair, Professor Leung Ping Kwan.
Established in 2005, ASM is a non-profit government-registered community organisation dedicated to the promotion of writing and other artistic expression from and about Macao. Up until now, ASM has published fifty books, including poetry, novels, stories for children, teaching guides and much classical poetry in translation. ASM has published first books of poetry or fiction by many young Macao authors. This year’s launch features a second volume of (twenty) Australian poets, presented in parallel text, in English and Chinese.
The books (many of them bilingual) to be launched on December 18th include works by Cha contributors Leung Ping-Kwan (Amblings) and Christopher Kelen (to the single man’s hut – poems and pictures and China Years: New and Selected Poems). Detailed can be found in this catalogue [pdf].

  • Leung Ping-Kwan’s poetry was published in issue #1 of Cha.
  • Christopher (Kit) Kelen’s poetry was published in issue #1 of Cha.

Cha contributors at Hyderabad Literary Festival 2010

Cha contributors Rumjhum Biswas, Anindita Sengupta and Sridala Swami will be appearing at the Hyderabad Literary Festival 2010, a 3-day multi-lingual event to be held in Hyderabad on Dec 10-12, 2010. Learn more about the festival here

Nabina Das and Rohith Sundararaman at the Poetry with Prakriti Poetry Festival 2010

Nabina Das and Rohith Sundararaman will appear in the Poetry with Prakriti Poetry Festival this  December.

From the festival’s website:

Poetry with Prakriti is a two-week long festival of poetry held annually in Chennai to coincide with the famed Chennai music season. The festival brings together eminent and emerging poets, featuring readings to small, intimate audiences. These readings take place at several venues in the city, including colleges and cafeteria, IT parks and green public parks and spaces, and select shops and commercial establishments. The idea is to bring poetry closer to the public of Chennai. This year’s festival is the fourth edition.

  • Nabina Das’s poetry was published in Issue #10 of Cha.
  • Rohith Sundararaman’s poetry was published in Issue #8 of Cha.

Volunteers wanted for poetry/film project

Volunteers wanted for poetry/film project

Tony Williams & Ira LIghtman are looking for volunteers to take part in a poetry/film project.

They said:

If you have a few minutes to spare and access to a phone with video recording, camcorder, or webcam, you can take part. You don’t need any experience as a performer or poet. There’s no pressure – it’s just a bit of fun.

You will be sent three lines of poetry and asked to record yourself reading or performing them, and then to send the resulting file back to us. How and where you perform the lines is entirely up to you.

Once everyone’s sent back their contributions, they’ll be edited together into a video-poem. At this stage we have no idea how it will turn out. Your performances will play a part in shaping the final piece.

If you’re interested, please email


Rocco De Giacomo reads (17th November, 2010)

Poetry & Co hosts Rocco De Giacomo

Time: 17 November · 19:00 – 22:00
Location: RCHA Club (2nd Floor)
193 Ontario Street,
Kingston, ON

[facebook event page]

Rocco de Giacomo is a widely published poet whose work has most recently been accepted in the literary journals Contemporary Verse 2 and Prism International and has recently appeared The Carolina Review and The Prairie Journal. On October 18th, 2009, his first full-length poetry collection, Ten Thousand Miles Between Us was launched through Quattro Books. Also, his fifth and latest chapbook collection of poems, Catching Dawn’s Breath (LyricalMyrical Press, Toronto) was launched in March of 2008. He is a member of the council for the Art Bar Poetry Series and a member of the bpNichol Coordinating Committee.

More about Rocco at his website

As usual, there will be an open mic to follow. Come out to hear Rocco, a great performer, and maybe share one of your own pieces.
Rocco De Giacomo’s poems were published in issue #4 and issue #10 of Cha.