Marilyn Chin, Lawson Fusao Inada & Sean Wong

November 21, 2019

MLK Library, Room 225/229
San José State University

On Thursday, November 21st, the Center for Literary Arts and the Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies will host a celebration, honoring the 45th anniversary of the Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers.

Marilyn Chin is an award-winning poet and author. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon, her works have become Asian American classics and are taught in classrooms internationally. Marilyn Chin’s books of poems include A Portrait of the Self as Nation, Hard Love Province, Rhapsody in Plain Yellow, Dwarf Bamboo, and The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty. She also published a book of magical fiction called Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen. In addition to writing poetry and fiction, she has translated poems by the modern Chinese poet Ai Qing and co-translated poems by the Japanese poet Gozo Yoshimasu.

Chin has won numerous awards, including the United Artist Foundation Fellowship, the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard, the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship at Bellagio, the Anisfield Wolf Book Award, two NEAs, the Stegner Fellowship, the PEN/Josephine Miles Award, five Pushcart Prizes, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan.

Lawson Fusao Inada‘s collections of poetry are Before the War: Poems as They Happened (1971); Legends from Camp (1992), winner of the American Book Award; Just Into/Nations (1996); and Drawing the Line (1997), winner of the Oregon Book Award. Both jazz and the experience of internment are influences in Inada’s writing.

Inada was appointed Oregon poet laureate in 2006. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Creative Arts Grant from the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund. One of his poems is inscribed on a stone at the Japanese American Historical Plaza in Portland, Oregon.

Sean Wong has written two novels, Homebase (1979) and American Knees (1995), the latter of which was adapted into the feature film, Americanese (2006), directed by Eric Byler. He has edited or co-edited anthologies, including the landmark Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers, The Big Aiiieeeee! The History of Chinese American and Japanese American Literature, Asian American Literature: A Brief Introduction and Anthology, Asian Diasporas, Cultures, Identities, Representations, The Before Columbus Foundation Fiction Anthology and The Before Columbus Foundation Poetry Anthology.

Wong has been awarded The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, the 15th Annual Governor’s Writers Day Award of Washington, National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation residency in Italy, Society of Professional Journalists, and the South By Southwest Film Festival.