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    • Monica Ferrell. Photo by Jerry Bauer.
    • Kimiko Hahn. Photo by Nancy Bareis.
    • Timothy Liu. Courtesy of Timothy Liu.
    • Angela Veronica Wong
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    Timothy Liu is the author of For Dust Thou Art; Of Thee I Sing, selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2004 Book-of-the-Year; Hard Evidence; Say Goodnight; Burnt Offerings; and Vox Angelica, which won the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. He has also edited Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry. His poems have been included in many anthologies and have appeared in such journals as Bomb, The Nation, New American Writing, Paris Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. His journals and papers are archived in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library.

    Monica Ferrell is the author of a novel, The Answer is Always Yes (The Dial Press/Random House), and a collection of poems, Beasts for the Chase, selected by Jane Hirshfield for the 2007 Kathryn A Morton Poetry Prize and published by Sarabande Books. A former “Discovery”/The Nation prizewinner and Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, the Boston Review, Fence, the New York Review of Books, and other magazines and anthologies. She teaches at SUNY Purchase.

    Kimiko Hahn is the author of seven collections of poetry, including The Narrow Road to the Interior, The Artist's Daughter, Mosquito and Ant, and The Unbearable Heart, which received an American Book Award, among others. Hahn is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award, the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, and an Association of Asian American Studies Literature Award. She is a Distinguished Professor in the English department at Queens College/CUNY and lives in New York.

    Angela Veronica Wong is a poet and author of various chapbooks including Dear Johnny, In Your Last Letter winner of the 2012 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship, selected by Bob Hicock, and All the Little Red Girls on Flying Guillotine Press. Her first full-length collection, How to Survive a Hotel Fire was just released on Coconut Books.


    Founded in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. The greatly expanded MOCA at 215 Centre Street is a national home for the precious narratives of diverse Chinese American communities, and strives to be a model among interactive museums. The Museum promotes dialogue and understanding among people of all cultural backgrounds, bringing 160 years of Chinese American history to vivid life through its innovative exhibitions, educational and cultural programs. MOCA welcomes diverse visitors and participants to its broad array of exhibits and programs. MOCA’s expansion accommodates its range of visitors which include: New Yorkers, domestic and international visitors, neighborhood residents, students and school groups from local and regional schools.


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Thursday, September 20, 2012 | 7-8.30pm

Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013
Cross Streets: Between Grand Street and Hester Street
Subways: N, Q, 6, J, to Canal
Buses: M5 to Broadway-Howard St; X27, X28 to Broadway-Walker St

FREE. RSVP to programs@mocanyc.org
(212) 619-4785

The Poetry Society of America—the nation’s oldest poetry organization—presents Symbiosis, an evening of readings combined with a dynamic panel discussion on the exchange of influence between early modern Asian poets, modern American poets, and contemporary Asian American poets. Featuring readings by poets Monica Ferrell, Kimiko Hahn, Timothy Liu, and Angela Veronica Wong, this event highlights the historic, transnational dialogue across generations between two continents, and considers the importance of this exchange in today’s literary landscape. The poets will further discuss the sacred in Asian American culture as articulated in American poetry.

This event takes place at the Museum of Chinese in America on Centre Street, a converted industrial machine repair shop designed by celebrated architect Maya Lin.

Presented by the Poetry Society of America in association with the Museum of Chinese in America.