Hosted by Iris Law, The Honey Badgers consist of Sally Wen Mao, Michelle Chan Brown, and Cathy Linh Che, and are being brought by Kundiman, an organization that “gives writers opportunities to inscribe the Asian American story onto American experience, transforming and enriching the landscape of our national culture.”.
Below is the full press release.
Sunday, August 3rd, 2pm
the Morris book shop
882 East High Street
Lexington, KY 40502
The Honey Badgers [Don’t Give a] Book Tour
3 award-winning Asian American poets read in Lexington
Sally Wen Mao of Ithaca, NY, author of Mad Honey Symposium (winner of the Kinereth Gensler Award); Michelle Chan Brown of Washington, DC, author of Double Agent (winner of the Kore First Book Award); and Cathy Linh Che of Brooklyn, NY, author of Split (winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize) will make their Lexington debut together at this unique reading celebrating the poetics of fearlessness and tenacity, in the spirit of the honey badger. “Poetry is dangerous.”
Aug. 3, 2 p.m., the Morris Book Shop, 882 East High Street, Lexington, KY
About the Poets
Sally Wen Mao is the author of Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014), which is the winner of the 2012 Kinereth Gensler Award and was a finalist for the 2012 Tupelo First/Second Book Prize. A Kundiman fellow, she holds a BA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from Cornell University, where she is currently a lecturer.
Michelle Chan Brown’s Double Agent was the winner of the Kore First Book Award, judged by Bhanu Kapil. A Kundiman fellow and two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Michelle is poetry editor of Drunken Boat and has received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, and others. In the fall, she’ll head to Almaty, Kazakhstan, on a Fulbright. Find her online at http://www.michellechanbrown.com/
Cathy Linh Che is the author of the poetry collection Split (Alice James Books, 2014), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. She is a poet, teacher, and arts administrator living in Brooklyn, NY. Visit her online at http://www.cathylinhche.com/
Praise for Mad Honey Symposium
“[Mad Honey Symposium] conjures an absurd, lush, occasionally poisonous world and the ravenous humans and animals that travel through it. . . . With echoes of Glück and Plath, Mao generates stunning landscapes where the flora and fauna reflect her presence and strength of voice.”
Praise for Double Agent
“Double Agent introduces us to an entirely new poet, one we will be reading far into the future. This collection is a real achievement, but, most of all, it is haunting. Here is the poet you have been waiting to discover.”
Praise for Split
“To be a daughter, a survivor, and a poet are all aligned in the need ‘to rewrite everything,’ a need that [Cathy Linh Che] navigates with brutality and tenderness, devastation and irrepressible endurance.”