Can a poetry seek to examine the erasure and reconstruction of a community history? Ching-In Chen’s recombinant is a work of material critique, philosophically jarring in its use of syntax, sound, the erasures held in the stillness of its whitespace that again and again mimic a historical registry. Drafting and growing multiple discourses, this text urges the reader to investigate female and genderqueer lineages in the context of labor smuggling and trafficking. Its syntactical utterances create a music that is masterful in these poems’ fractured words and experimental representation of page and praxis. Voices from various communities interact with each other to create what Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan calls an assertion of diasporan realities where multi-directional, heterogeneous modes of representation challenge conventional representation via photographs; newspaper articles; maps; city directories; records of immigration, birth and death; as well as scholarly research and archaeological records. recombinant is a work of insistence, a refusal of erasure, a proof of shared memory through the rewriting and remixing of historical remnant.
IN SUPPORT OF OUR COMMUNITY
KELSEY STREET'S 2017 FIRSTS! CONTEST
Our 2017 Firsts! Contest will be judged by Bhanu Kapil.
Submissions will be open from December 1, 2016-January 15, 2017.
Read full contest details.
TELL ME EVERY ANCHOR EVERY ARROW
Tell Me Every Anchor Every Arrow by Steffi Drewes traces simultaneous trajectories on a map that takes shape in real time: relationships, conversations, dream worlds, daily minutiae, and natural phenomena shift against a vivid panorama, spanning subways, Pacific coastlines, and desert highways. Here, a horizon line is not merely a vista, but an urgent, incantatory text resonant with the textures of smoke curls, ant colonies, and stale gum. Together, these nautical odes, anti-pastoral narratives, philosophical inquiries, and epistolary postcards present a kaleidoscopic travelogue exploring human connection and self-determination.
Tell Me Every Anchor Every Arrow
ANNOUNCING TWO NEW TITLES FORTHCOMING IN 2016
We are thrilled to announce that recombinant by Ching-In Chen and Tell Me Every Anchor Every Arrow by Steffi Drewes will be published by Kelsey Street Press later this year. For details, see our February newsletter.
DEUS EX MACHINA: A MELODRAMA
Deus Ex Machina by Jennifer Pilch was selected by judge Myung Mi Kim as Winner of the 2015 Kelsey Street Press FIRSTS! Contest. In this series of first books by emerging writers, Kelsey Street Press continues to link its editorial policy of addressing the marginalization of women writers to a poetics of allowance that encourages women to write directly from their own creative imperatives.
Deus Ex Machina: A Melodrama
NESTS AND STRANGERS: ON ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN POETS
Kelsey Street Press is pleased to announce the publication of its first critical anthology.
"What is an avant-garde Asian American Poetic?" Nests and Strangers: On Asian American Women Poets offers an investigation into the contextual identities of diaspora, sound, and the materiality of objectification found both in and on the body through the possibilities of language and page. Essayists Sarah Dowling, Merle Woo, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, and Dorothy Wang provide a critical framework on the life, works, politics, and poetics of Asian American poets Nellie Wong, Myung Mi Kim, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, and Bhanu Kapil, four authors whose bodies of work represent the full range of Asian American poetry written since the 1970s.
Nests and Strangers: On Asian American Women Poets
2015 FIRSTS! CONTEST WINNER
Judge Myung Mi Kim selected Deus Ex Machina by Jennifer Pilch as the winner of the 2015 FIRSTS! Contest. Kelsey Street Press will publish Deus Ex Machina later this year. Read more about our contest winner.
Thank you to everyone who submitted to the contest. In particular, we would like to acknowledge the excellent finalist manuscripts (in alphabetical order by author):
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