Presented by Taipei Cultural Center, this release and reading honors Chialun Chang and her first chapbook, One Day We Become Whites, published by No, Dear Magazine and Small Anchor Press (ND/SA).
Chialun Chang is a visual artist and writer born in Taipei and now living in NYC. She is recipient of a 2015 Immigrant Artist Mentoring Fellowship from NYFA and a 2016 Emerging Writers Fellowship from Poets House. During the event, she read some of her work from her first chabook and audience absolutely adore her poems and writing styles.
When we interviewed Chialun and asked her how does she write English poems as a non-native speaker and does she think in English or Chinese when she writes her poems? Chialun answered “I don’t think in any language but instead I think in a space, a space I invite readers to join and participate.”
The evening also featured poetry by Chialun Chang, B.C. Edwards, Krystal Languell, Emily Skillings, and Wendy Xu and is a partially bilingual evening of poetry by contemporary poets living in New York City. During the event, these poets also presented and read the poems they wrote for Taiwan and many poems have inspired by the newly elected President Tsai Ing-wen, the first woman elected to the office.
No, Dear is a Brooklyn-based poetry journal featuring new local writing loosely centered on a single-word theme. Since 2012, the mission of ND/SA has been to be the publisher of first chapbooks by writers living in New York City. Doing this enables emerging voices to actively participate in the writing community. The writers’ chapbooks have received attention from PEN Sound, Brooklyn Congresswoman Laurie Cumbo, and Timeout New York. These publications are as broad and diverse as the voices of the authors.