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Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen

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Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart's Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press). The daughter of Chinese immigrants and a Kundiman Fellow, Ching-In has worked in the Asian-American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, and Boston, and helped organize the third national Asian Pacific American Spoken Word and Poetry Summit in Boston. Her work has been recently published in journals such Tea Party, Fifth Wednesday Journal, OCHO, Iron Horse Literary Review, Cha: an Asian Literary Journal, Verdad and Water~Stone Review. She has won an Oscar Wilde Honorable Mention for "Two River Girls," a poem from The Heart's Traffic. Her poem-play "The Geisha Author Interviews" from The Heart's Traffic was nominated for a John Cauble Short Play Award and recommended for development at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The poems "Two Truths & A Lie" and "Black Light," also from The Heart's Traffic, were selected as finalists by Billy Collins for the Borders Open Door Poetry Contest. Ching-In has also been awarded residencies and fellowships from the Voices of Our Nations Foundation, Soul Mountain Retreat, Vermont Studio Center, and the Paden Institute. A graduate of Tufts University, Ching-In Chen currently lives in Riverside, California.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

Books Available:

The Heart's Traffic

The Heart's Traffic

Ching-In Chen
2009-02-15
$21.00 TP
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Description:

Ching-In Chen's first book, The Heart's Traffic, constructs a re-naming, a caterwaul call to arms to attend to an archipelago of hybrid identity: political, sexual and always love-persuaded. Here the father is temporary, the mother is dead-alive and girls are writing tiger-legends through sestina, haibun, and the lost letters that must be reinvented if we can understand this new American body. The author necessarily offers up her riddles without answers, her ultimatum of banishment and homecoming with good food and sweet intention. She assures us, "I am kissing a new body into flesh."


Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.