Wo Chan

July 28: Kundiman with Lunchtime Poems in Military Park

Kundiman is reading with the Lunchtime Poems reading series on Tuesday, July 28, 12:30 - 1:30pm. Reading will be held on the Plaza in Military Park, Newark, NJ. 

Tuesday, July 28 from 12:30 - 1:30pm
Military Park in Newark, NJ
Admission is free

Featured readers are Wo Chan, Chen Chen, Amy Meng, and Alison Roh Park.


Wo Chan is a queer Fujianese poet and drag performer. A recipient of fellowships from Poets House, Kundiman, and Lambda Literary, Wo’s work has been published in cream city review, BARZAHK, and VYM Magazine. As a member of Brooklyn-based drag alliance, Switch n' Play, Wo has performed at venues including Brooklyn Pride, The Trevor Project, and the Architectural Digest Expo. Wo is a 2015 AAWW Margins Fellow.

Chen Chen is the author of the chapbook Set the Garden on Fire (Porkbelly Press, 2015). His poems have appeared/are forthcoming in Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, Narrative, [PANK], The Best American Poetry 2015, among others. He is the winner of the Matt Clark Award from New Delta Review and the Joyce Carol Oates Award, selected by Ishion Hutchinson. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and this fall he will be joining the PhD program in English & Creative Writing at Texas Tech University. Visit him at chenchenwrites.com

Amy Meng’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Cream City Review, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, The Normal School, North Dakota Quarterly, Pleiades, and Slice Magazine. She is a Kundiman Fellow and was a finalist for the Margins fellowship. Currently, she teaches creative writing at Rutgers University and serves as a poetry editor at Bodega Magazine.

Alison Roh Park is a Kundiman fellow, Pushcart nominated poet, and past winner of of the PSA New York Chapbook Fellowship, Poets & Writers Magazine Amy Award, and Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant. She teaches ethnic studies at Hunter College and is a founding member of The Good Times Collective of emerging poets writing in the tradition of Lucille Clifton.


In case of rain, readings will be held in the New Jersey Historical Society as 52 Park Place. Co-sponsored by the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and the Military Park Partnership. Admission is free.

June 5: Mother Tongues Poetry Reading

You are cordially invited to attend our Thursday, June 5th Mother Tongues poetry reading.
Free and open to the public.

Mother Tongues recovers diasporic narratives by chronicling the lives and experiences of mothers across three Asian American generations. Interviews, poetry and performances will combine to form an archive that will document the triumphs and challenges of building lives in America. 

Project Manager Melissa Reburiano will introduce Wo Chan, Betty Chen, Jennifer S. Cheng, Helena Chung, Vanessa Huang, and Loreal Lingad who will present their interviews and poetry to create an intergenerational dialogue and exchange.  

Thursday, June 5, 7:00 pm
Fordham University, Lincoln Center
South Lounge

113 West 60th Street
Fordham University, Lincoln Center

Take A, B, C, D & 1 trains to Columbus Circle. 
Exit at 60th Street & Broadway.  Go west of Columbus Avenue.

Upon entering the glass doors inform the security desk that you are attending the English Department event. Take escalators up 1 floor to Plaza level. Head to the back of the Student Cafeteria.  You'll see a neon sign for the South Lounge.

Nov. 17 Kundiman & Verlaine featuring Wo Chan, Tung-Hui Hu, & Ansley Moon

November 17

Kundiman & Verlaine Reading

Open Bar from 4-5 pm
Open Mic from 4:30-5pm
Reading beings at 5 pm
$5 donation

110 Rivington St.
(Ludlow & Essex Sts.)
F train to Delancey

Wo Chan, Tung-Hui Hu, & Ansley Moon read.

Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1375415046033941/?source=1 

Please note that we decided to hold a fundraiser at this event. Proceeds from this reading will benefit Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Relief in the Philippines. So, please come and open up your hearts as well as your pockets. The Philippines is in dire need. Every bit counts. Thank you.

Click here to donate directly for Hurricane Relief: www.nafconusa.org 

Wo Chan is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia's Area Program for Poetry Writing where he received the Rachel St. Paul Poetry Award for his work. Wo was a finalist for cream city review's 2013 Poetry Contest and his poems appeared in the journals Spring 2013 issue. Wo is a Kundiman fellow and plans to pursue an MFA in the following year. 

Poet and media scholar Tung-Hui Hu was born in San Francisco and educated at Princeton University, the University of Michigan, and the University of California-Berkeley. His collections of poetry includeThe Book of Motion (2003); Mine (2007), which won the Eisner Prize; and Greenhouses, Lighthouses (2013). He is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan.

Ansley Moon was born in New Delhi, India, and has since lived on three continents. Her work has been published in PANK, J Journal, Southern Women's and elsewhere. Her first book of poetry, How to Bury the Dead , was published by Black Coffee Press. She is the recipient of a Kundiman fellowship and works as an editor for Black Lawrence Press. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.


This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.