Hello all, I will be doing a series of readings on the East Coast to promote my book. More details to follow. Thursday October 18 BOSTON Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center 38 Ash Street, Boston 6:30 p.m. 38 Ash Street Boston, MA Friday October 19 PHILADELPHIA Temple 5 p.m. Family Style/Asian Arts Initiative 7:30 p.m. $5-$10 sliding scale Asian Arts Initiative 1219 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA Saturday October 20 NEW YORK
There is a certain catalyzing style that comes of utter fearlessness, and the poet Bao Phi has cornered it with his debut poetry collection, Sông I Sing. Jane Y. Kim, Hyphen magazine Read the full review here.
Chúc mừng năm mới, everyone – wishing you a powerful, beautiful Year of the Dragon. I’ve been honored with another wonderful review, from the good people at the Asian American magazine Hyphen. Read it here Also a good mention of the book at Publisher’s Weekly. Congrats to Coffee House Press! Here Thank you all for supporting the book – the sales number is ridiculous, and a wonderful surprise. Then, last
In this strong and angry work of what he calls refugeography, Bao Phi, who has been a performance poet since 1991, wrestles with immigration, class and race in America at sidewalk level… on this song of his very American self, every poem Mr. Phi writes rhymes with the truth. read the full New York Times review here. Dana Jennings, the New York Times
If you see Bao Phi coming, you better do a gut check, and set your motherboard to receive. Anyone who has been lucky enough to experience his work knows he means to re-adjust our minds, unseat our comfortable assumptions, and teach our hearts to weep and sing. He is our grief-stricken brother howling, moaning, and wailing in remembrance of those who suffer because of inadequate representation. He is our ecstatic shaman,
[ full text available at Coffee House Press] JANE KIM: First of all, congratulations on your first book! Your first book and your first daughter came around the same time. BAO PHI: Thank you! Yeah, two major changes at once. Trying to raise my daughter has made the book, in some ways, easier. I have an easier time letting go of ideas than before. I don’t feel like I have to