Free and open to the public. RSVP by Monday, March 22, 2010.RSVP: Website www.apa.nyu.edu; Email firstname.lastname@example.org; or Call 212-992-9653
Featured speakers and readings by
Thulani Davis, NYU
Alana Ruben FreePatricia Spears Jones
Renato Rosaldo, NYU
Moderated by Bob Holman, Publisher Bowery Books
Join us for a discussion with scholars and writers to celebrate and analyze this important New York poet’s new collection of poems, 7 Continents 9 Lives, published by Bowery Books. Fay Chiang has long been part of the early ‘70s New York poetry scene and continues to influence a generation of young writers, slam poets, and activists.
A writer, artist and community/cultural organizer living and working in Chinatown and the Lower East Side of New York City for the past four decades, Chiang writes from her experiences as a woman of color of the working class. Her complex and layered poetry stem from a belief that culture is a psychological weapon to reclaim our past, define our present, and to envision possibilities for our future; that the development of culture is an integral part of progressive social change and social justice movements.
“…She adds much needed flava to the East Village/downtown story and reminds us that much of NYC is about working people and their lives. Her poems, memoirs, and mini-essays offer a powerful testimony of an artist’s life during times of great change, possibility and pushback. — Patricia Spears Jones
“…Chiang is a rebel guised in the shield of mother, activist, artist, elder sibling, a true shiva poet who is fierce and full of humility, brimming with a joy for life.” — Regie Cabico
Books will be available for purchase and signing