Locate” in Poetry (January 2019)

You May Visit the Cosmos but You May Not Speak of It” in Poetry (October 2016)

I Was Ostensibly Searching for My Father, But.” in Harriet (Poetry Foundation) (2016).

Time is Polyphonic” in Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish (2013)

Cruel Cogito” in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day (2013)

Category Sex” and “Intimate Democracy” in Agni (2013)


“Ethnicity as Counterculture” in “As Radical, As Mother, As Salad, As Shelter: What Should Art Institutions Do Now?” published by N+1 Paper Monument (2018)

We Must Imagine Better” – on nationalism and the election in Creative Time Reports (December 2016)

What’s The Matter With Poetry?” on Ben Lerner’s Hatred of Poetry in The New Republic (2016).

The Perils of Being Normal: The Asian American Yuppie” in Film International (2016)

Why A White Poet Posed As Asian To Get Published, And What’s Wrong With That” in NPR’s All Things Considered (2015)

Authenticity Obsession: Or Conceptualism as Minstrel Show” in AAWW’s The Margins (2015)

Interview with Kazuo Ishiguro in AAWW’s The Margins (2015)

The Devil You Know: On Jamie Delano’s Hellblazer in The New Inquiry (2013)

The Lovely Smallness of Doctor Who” in Film International (2013)

On Johannes Goransson’s Haute Surveillance in CultureStrike (2013)

A Brief History of Nostalgia” in Drunken Boat (2012)

On ‘Tiger Moms’ and other clichés” on (2011)  

“Us, Necro-nationalists” in Tehelka (2011)

One Should Not Sleep Anymore: Poet Wing-Tek Lum and the Virtues of Unpleasantness” in NYFA Current (2010)

Essay on filmmaker Eugene Green, Film International (2011)

Walt & I: What’s American About American Poetry?,” Poetry Society of America (2010)

On Grant Morrison and Richard Case”s Doom Patrol in Rain Taxi (2008)

On Tom McCarthy’s Remainder in Rain Taxi (2008)

On Veronique Tanaka’s Metronome in Rain Taxi (2008)

“Four Essays on Luck,” Pleiades (2006), “Notable Essay,” Best American Essays 2007.

“City Out of Breath” in Manoa (2006)

On Tsai Ming Liang’s The River in Reverse Shot (2004)

On Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in Reverse Shot (2004)

Numerous poems, book reviews, essays, and film criticism for The Margins, The Millions, Bomb, CultureStrike, Quarterly Conversation, Film International, Reverse Shot, H2S04, Kyoto Journal, Palimpsest, Five Fingers Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, Field, Wilson Quarterly, Barrow Street, Flaunt, IndieWire, Diner, Bridge, Radical Society, Satellite, C-Theory, Montevidayo, Art Asia Pacific, and Rain Taxi.


Is Pedantry the Mother of the Essay?” in LitHub (March 2017)

We Ennui” in Bomb (2013)

“Essay on Suppression” in Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, No. 9 (2012)

Yes, No, Yes, The Future, Gone, Happy, Yes, No, Yes, Cut, You” in Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation

Brief Lives” in Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day (2011)

“City of Habits” in Fence (2010)

“City You See Through Water” in Jubilat 18 (2010)

“Looking South to the River (II)” (Li Hou Zhu translation) in Boston Review of Books (2004)


Home is Where the Art Is” roundtable on Asian American writing in Bookforum (April 2018)

Contributor to “DACA Rescinded & Poets Respond” in Poetry Foundation website (Sep. 2017)

Contributor to “Dear President: A Message for the Next Commander in Chief From Fifty American Poets and Writers” in Poets & Writers (September 2016)

Contributor to “What Is Literary Activism?” in Poetry Foundation website (Aug. 2015)

Interview with Aura Bogado in Colorlines (2013)

On Poems of the Black Object by Ronaldo Wilson in On the Seawall (2013)

Spring Books Preview” in Bomb (2013)

Art Talk with NEA Literature Fellow Ken Chen,” National Endowment for the Arts (2012)

Photographs of Thinking: A Conversation with Ken Chen” by Eric Higgins in Agni

Interview with Ben Pease on Scattered Rhymes (2011)

Interview by Sara Goudarzi in One Journal (2010).

A Year in Reading” in The Millions (2009)