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Six Poets at School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago)

  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago 116 S. Michigan Ave, White Box Studio, Room 803 Chicago, IL 60603 (map)

Join Kundiman fellows in the Midwest for a reading with six Asian American Poets: Srikanth Reddy, Timothy Yu, Noel Mariano, Helene Achanzar, Soham Patel, and Fatimah Asghar.

Curated by Suman Chhabra and co-sponsored by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Free and open to the public.

Srikanth Reddy is the author of two books of poetry–Facts for Visitors (2004), and Voyager (2011)–both published by the University of California Press. A book of criticism, Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012.  He has received fellowships and awards from the Asian American Writer’s Workshop, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Creative Capital Foundation, among others.  A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and the doctoral program in English at Harvard University, Reddy is currently an Associate Professor of English a the University of Chicago.

Helene Achanzar has earned awards from the University of Iowa Writer's House and Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. She works at Illinois State University's College of Education. She is also a freelance writer who has written for Steppenwolf Theater Company, Hearst Newspapers, and Vice Media.

Fatimah Asghar is a nationally touring poet, photographer and performer. Her work has appeared in many journals including POETRY Magazine, The Margins, and Gulf Coast. She is a Kundiman Fellow and a member of the Dark Noise Collective. 

Noel Pabillo-Mariano is an English PhD candidate at the University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, He is a Kundiman poetry fellow and a two time recipient of the Maxwell H. Gluck Fellowship of the Arts. He is the co-editor of Press Start & Game On!  an anthology of writing based on video games and gaming, forthcoming from Imaginary Friend Press. When not writing or teaching community studies, he works as the assistant producer for the storytelling podcast, The Moth. He has worked as a waiter, ghost hunter, line cook, bar back and video game beta tester—and he’s been fired from every job that hasn’t involved writing or teaching. You can find him blogging about video games, graduate school and geek culture

Soham Patel is the author of and nevermind the storm, a chapbook from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. Her work has been included in Copper Nickel, eleven eleven journal, Denver Quarterly, and various other places. She is a chapbook editor at Horse Less Press, a Kundiman fellow, and a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where she also serves as a poetry editor for cream city review.

Timothy Yu is the author of 100 Chinese Silences (Les Figues Press) and of several chapbooks: 15 Chinese Silences (Tinfish), Journey to the West (Barrow Street), and, with Kristy Odelius, Kiss the Stranger *(Corollary Press). He is also the author of *Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry since 1965 (Stanford) and the editor of Nests and Strangers: On Asian American Women Poets (Kelsey Street).  His poetry and prose has appeared in Poetry, Jacket2, Cordite Poetry Review, and SHAMPOO.  He is a professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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