Cathy Linh Che

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"To be a daughter, a survivor, and a poet are all aligned in the need “to rewrite everything,” a need that Che navigates with brutality and tenderness, devastation and irrepressible endurance."
--Publishers Weekly

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Cathy Linh Che is the author of the poetry collection, Split (Alice James Books, 2014), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. She is a poet, teacher, and arts administrator living in Brooklyn, NY.

Contact at cathylinhche [at] gmail [dot] com.

October 18, 2014 at 2:10pm
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UMBRELLA/SHIELD POETICS (part iii) →

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This second week of the Kundiman NorCal Regional Group’s Fireside brings a special interest from Hong Kong and the ongoing Umbrella Movement protests. Kundiman fellow Henry W. Leung writes:

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On the English shelf of a styrofoam library at the protest sites, naturally, there stands Kiran…

October 16, 2014 at 10:04am
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kundimanfireside:

This second week of the Kundiman NorCal Regional Group’s Fireside brings a special interest from Hong Kong and the ongoing Umbrella Movement protests. Kundiman fellow Jennifer S. Cheng writes:

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…and in the pale light of the shadow we put together a house.
—Junichiro Tanizaki, In…

October 14, 2014 at 8:55am
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UMBRELLA/SHIELD POETICS (part i) →

kundimanfireside:

This second week of the Kundiman NorCal Regional Group’s Fireside brings a special interest from Hong Kong and the ongoing Umbrella Movement protests. Kundiman fellow Henry W. Leung writes:

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Begin with the pretext of song.
All songs are love songs.

Make the text unrequited.

Kung hindi man,…

12:12am
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Split by Cathy Linh Che →

Thank you, Wesley Rothman, for writing an incredibly thoughtful and beautifully written review of Split for American Microreviews. 

The book is a dazzling planetary system, planets named Loss, named Rape, namedWomanhood, named Silence, named Survival, orbit the collection’s primary speaker: a woman, we learn, who as a child was made to have sex with her cousin, who knows the totality of rape… 

The complexities of physical arousal, forced sexual exploration, the impact of pressing and pressure, of physical and emotional and practical violation echo throughout Split—rape is never an isolated occasion, it lasts, it recurs sometimes physically and certainly in the mind, it shapes the survivor in unavoidable ways.”

I feel very lucky to have a reader write with such clarity and empathy for my work. It’s humbling, and it means so much to me. 

October 9, 2014 at 12:45pm
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Q & A with Tarfia Faizullah  →

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Tarfia Faizullah is the author of Seam, winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems appear in American Poetry Review, The Journal, Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review, New England Review, Blackbird,…