Jane Wong with Anastacia-Renee and Chen Chen

Virtual this evening may and will be, but we sense the energy coming from the poets on hand tonight and the work they will be delivering will be palpable as this evening centers on and celebrates the publication of Bellingham/Seattle poet Jane Wong’s very much-awaited new book of poems, How Not to Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James Books). A pre-publication 2019 Alice James Books Award Editor’s Choice, How Not to Be Afraid of Everything follows Jane Wong’s tremendous debut, Overpour. Things here get deeper, more knowing, more everything.

“Jane Wong makes a family's immigrant legacy visceral in piercing, deft language that can't be dodged or forgotten once read. Formally diverse and inventive, taut lines serve us images and insights that aren't easily digested about the brutal blessings that come with split inheritances from the homeland and ‘the frontier.’ These hardy poems faithfully recount and recover no matter how taxing this may be. What a searing paean to the living and the ghosts that both haunt and make anything possible! The title? Wong knows. She knows.” —Kamilah Moon.

“Jane Wong is a poet who hears the past breathing inside the present, inside the body, every shivering-alive sense. This immensely moving book is a lyrical reckoning with the colossal losses of modern Chinese history; these poems simultaneously inhabit contemporary immigrant life in the U.S. with uncompromising compassion. Instead of a linear document, Wong embraces collage, lacunae, and a kaleidoscopic questioning of what refuses both forgetting and easy remembering—what pulses beneath the amnesiac surface with shimmering fierceness.” —Chen Chen.

Appearing also this evening - helping make the energy really palpable - Anastacia-Renee, esteemed award-winning Seattle poet, cross-genre writer, artist (like Jane Wong, an exhibiting visual artist), educator, the author of (v.), Forget It, and Answer (Me), with more soon to come. Also this evening, logging in from another time zone (we believe), poet Chen Chen, author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, and, forthcoming in 2022, Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency.



How to Not Be Afraid of Everything Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948579216
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Alice James Books - October 12th, 2021

Overpour Cover Image
ISBN: 9780900575914
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(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Action Books - October 15th, 2016

(V.) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939568342
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Published: Black Ocean - July 1st, 2017

Forget It Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997952445
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(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Black Radish Books - July 31st, 2017

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (A. Poulin) Cover Image
By Chen Chen, Jericho Brown (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781942683339
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Published: BOA Editions - April 11th, 2017

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Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 6:00pm
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