19:30 - 20:30
Jennifer Lee Tsai, Jay G Ying & Alycia Pirmohamed
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Poets Jennifer Lee Tsai and Jay G Ying launch their respective poetry collections Kismet and Wedding Beasts!
Kismet opens with the poet as ‘the only Oriental at a primary school in Birkenhead’, a state of isolation – and rupturing of identity – intensified by the unfolding of both personal and ancestral traumas. But this is ultimately a work of hope and renewal. Jennifer Lee Tsai shows us how taking control of our own stories can create a profound sense of connection to life that transcends individual suffering.
In Wedding Beasts, as white dresses flutter in the wind in Beirut, so does this hallucinatory poem move between reconfigurations of the Crusades, the myth of St George and the Dragon, and the role of art as protest for global bodily autonomy. Difficult and formally engaging, Wedding Beasts is a dizzying exploration of violent traditions and queer worship.
Jennifer Lee Tsai and Jay G Ying will be joined by Alycia Pirmohamed (whose forthcoming chapbook, Faces That Fled The Wind will be published by BOAAT Press)
Jennifer Lee Tsai is a British-Chinese poet. She was born in Bebington and grew up in Liverpool. An alumna of St Andrews and Liverpool Universities, she completed an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) with Distinction at the University of Manchester in 2015. Jennifer is a fellow of The Complete Works III and a Ledbury Poetry Critic.
Her poems are featured in the Bloodaxe anthology, Ten: Poets of the New Generation (2017) and have been published in Oxford Poetry, The Rialto,SMOKE, Soundings and forthcoming in Ambit. Her poetry reviews are published by The Poetry School, the Poetry Book Society Bulletin, Modern Poetry In Translation and forthcoming in Ambit.
Jay G Ying is a poet, fiction writer, critic and translator based in Edinburgh. His publications include The White Review, Ambit, The Scores and The Poetry Review among others. Recently he was selected by Mary Jean Chan as a winner of the 2019 New Poet’s Prize. He is also a winner of the Poetry Book Society Student Poetry Prize (2017) and was shortlisted for The White Review Poet’s Prize (2018) and the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize (2018, 2019).
He has a special interest in contemporary world and comparative literature, Chinese literature, translation, queer literature and medical humanities. Wedding Beasts, a pamphlet, will be published later in 2019.
Alycia Pirmohamed is a Canadian-born poet living in Scotland. She received an M.F.A. from the University of Oregon, and is a current Ph.D. student at the University of Edinburgh, where she is studying poetry written by second-generation immigrants. Her forthcoming chapbook, Faces that Fled the Wind, was selected by Camille Rankine for the 2018 BOAAT Press Chapbook Prize.
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