I’m so honored and ecstatic to be a finalist in the Write Bloody Open Submissions Contest! Hundreds of writers submitted poetry samples, and I was chosen as one of the top twenty (along with some GREAT folks/dear friends, including Miles Walser, Sam Sax, Sara Brickman, Aaron Levy Samuels, and Hieu Minh Nguyen).
If my manuscript is selected, then my collection of poems, “The Girl’s Guide to Mirrors,” will be published by Write Bloody! Wowza!
YOU can help me get a book deal with Write Bloody in 3 simple steps:
- Watch the video below (“Wire Woman,” filmed & produced by Jess X Chen).
- Click “like” on the YouTube page.
- Share the video with your friends!
The world of slam can sometimes be murky, and I think “Wire Woman” exemplifies the kind of work I’ve tried to put out for the past few years– poetry that’s honest, challenging, and thoughtfully crafted. As large or small as our audiences may be, I think there’s a tremendous amount of responsibility that comes with this work. As a performer whose body is marked in various ways (race and gender being the most obvious), this responsibility is heightened even more. If my manuscript is selected, I will be the second woman of color and first APIA woman on Write Bloody. I don’t treat this lightly.
I believe that it’s our responsibility as performance poets to use our stage time to say things that are new and important; to reveal truth, create consciousness, and change the game. To speak fearlessly about race and class. To speak the oppressor’s language back, garbled and mangled– just as they garbled and mangled us– to show the truth in all its ugliness hidden there. To be loud in the face of silence, and defiantly quiet in the face of hypermasculine bellowing. To be strong. To read the world aloud. To know words will never be enough.
I’m still trying to figure it all out– but for now, I know it’s these beliefs that keep pushing me to do what I do. If you think these things are important, please like & share my video.
Peace, love & solidarity,