Stuff I have written divided into the following sections: My current Death Star project about colonialism and the underworld ¶ A Few More Ambitious Essays ¶ Essays & Cultural Criticism ¶ Poem-like objects ¶ Interviews & Comments.
FROM THE DEATH STAR / MIGRATED ARCHIVE PROJECT – In which I travel to the underworld to rescue my father and find there those who where killed by colonialism.
“Locate” in Poetry, winner of the Bess Hokin Prize from the Poetry Foundation (January 2019)
“The Irony of Bartolomé de las Casas” in The Believer (Oct. 2019)
“What I Saw in Hell” in P-Queue (2019) Warning: link to pdf!
“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)
A FEW MORE AMBITIOUS ESSAYS
“The Stakes of Dictee: An introduction to a famously difficult work,” The Yale Review, 2022.
“Friends and Strangers: John Keene’s poetry of others,” The Nation, 5/2/22.
“Symposium on Twenty-First Century American Poetry: Against Loneliness,” Lana Turner, 2021.
“Ethnicity as Counterculture” published by N+1 Paper Monument in “As Radical, As Mother, As Salad, As Shelter: What Should Art Institutions Do Now?” (2018)
“What’s The Matter With Poetry?” on Ben Lerner’s Hatred of Poetry in The New Republic (2016).
“Authenticity Obsession: Or Conceptualism as Minstrel Show” 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). Warning: opens a pdf from a Doctor Who fan page!
Essay on filmmaker Eugene Green, Film International (2011)
“Walt & I: What’s American About American Poetry?,” Poetry Society of America (2010)
“City Out of Breath” in Manoa (2006), republished in Best American Essays 2006. Link opens a pdf.
On Tsai Ming Liang’s The River in Reverse Shot (2004)
ESSAYS & CULTURAL CRITICISM
“Between Shame, Desire, and Destiny: On the Genius of Annie Ernaux,” Lithub, 12/12/22.
Short essay on reading the oaths of the Kenyan freedom fighters for the Provision series in Jewish Currents (2020).
“Precarity Screwball: Why ‘Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens’ Is the Sitcom for Our Times” published by Frieze (April 2020).
Interview with Cathy Park Hong, published in Bomb (Jan. 2020).
“We Must Imagine Better” – on nationalism and the election in Creative Time Reports (December 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)
Interview with Kazuo Ishiguro in AAWW’s The Margins (2015)
On Johannes Goransson’s Haute Surveillance in CultureStrike (2013)
“Post Sandy, Day 4: Hester Street in Lower Manhattan” for Open City in AAWW’s The Margins (2012).
“A Brief History of Nostalgia” in Drunken Boat (2012)
“On ‘Tiger Moms’ and other clichés” on CNN.com (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)
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)
“Drawing an Audience,” Review of Douglas Wolk’s Reading Comics and Ivan Brunetti’s An Anthology of Graphic Fictions, Cartoons and True Stories in The Wilson Quarterly (2007).
“Four Essays on Luck,” Pleiades (2006), “Notable Essay,” Best American Essays 2007.
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.
MORE POEM-LIKE OBJECTS
“Fingernails,” a pandemic poem in the Academy of American Poets’s Shelter in Place project (May 2020).
“Is Pedantry the Mother of the Essay?” in LitHub (March 2017)
“We Ennui” in Bomb (2013)
“Category Sex” and “Intimate Democracy” in Agni (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)
INTERVIEWS & COMMENTS
“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)