R238. Wild Girl Poets: A Reading and Reckoning

E147-148, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


This reading and conversation features a new generation of Asian American women poets who declare themselves “wild girl poets,” a term Marilyn Chin used during a Kundiman gathering to signify the spirit of Asian American women who defy stereotypes. Being a wild girl poet is having a crew of wild girls fighting with you. It’s about resistance, about taking risks, about matrilineal and literary lineage, about laughter, about not being afraid of being too loud or too quiet.



Michelle Penaloza is the author of landscape/heartbreak and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes. A Kundiman fellow, Penaloza has been published by New England ReviewPleiades, and Vinyl, with poems forthcoming in Prairie Schooner and Third Coast

Jennifer S. Cheng writes poetry, lyric essay, and image-text. She is the author of Moon: Letters, Maps, Poems and House A. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong and received fellowships and awards from Brown University, University of Iowa, Kundiman, Bread Loaf, and the Academy of American Poets.

Sally Wen Mao is the author of two poetry collections, Oculus and Mad Honey Symposium. She is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Public Library Cullman Center and the Jenny McKean Moore program at George Washington University.

Soham Patel is a PhD student in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where she also serves as a poetry editor for cream city review.

Diana Khoi Nguyen’s debut collection, Ghost Of (Omnidawn, 2018), was selected by Terrance Hayes for the Omnidawn Open Contest. She is a poet and multimedia artist based in Denver where she is pursuing a PhD in creative writing from the University of Denver.


March 4–7, 2020
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Henry B. González Convention Center