Please join us as we welcome
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26
for A NIGHT OF POETRY
to celebrate the launch of
by Joshua Nguyen
*PLEASE NOTE: MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS EVENT*
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Joshua Nguyen's sharp, songlike, and often experimental collection compartmentalizes past trauma--sexual and generational--through the quotidian. Poems aim to confront the speaker's past by physically, and mentally, cleaning up. Here, the Asian-American masculine interrogates the domestic space through the sensual and finds healing through family and in everyday rhythms: rinsing rice until the water runs clear, folding clean shirts, and attempts at re-creating an unwritten family recipe. Yet past wounds remain present like permanent marker under layers of paint or spilled fish sauce set into car upholstery. Infused with the Shinto-inspired organizing practices of KonMari and the catchy nihilism of Mitski's songs, the poems in Come Clean unpack, organize, and tidy up life's messy joys and hurtful chaos with intimacy, grace, and vulnerability.
No matter how smattered my insides, I am relieved that I left my room tidy--
One less ugly sight.
I always wanted to die clean & pretty
while my dreams made music in the night.--Excerpt from "Last Words"
ABOUT JOSHUA NGUYEN:
Joshua Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American writer, a collegiate national poetry slam champion (CUPSI), and a native Houstonian. He is the author of the chapbook, "American Lục Bát for My Mother" (Bull City Press, 2021) and has received fellowships from Kundiman, Tin House, Sundress Academy For The Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. He has been published in The Offing, Wildness, American Poetry Review, The Texas Review, Auburn Avenue, Crab Orchard Review, and Gulf Coast Mag. He has also been featured on both the "VS" podcast and Tracy K. Smith's, "The Slowdown". He is a bubble tea connoisseur and works in a kitchen. His debut poetry collection, "Come Clean" (Oct 5th 2021, University of Wisconsin Press), was the winner of the 2021 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. He is a PhD student at The University of Mississippi, where he also received his MFA.
ABOUT JASMINE MARIE:
Jasmine Marie (she/her) is a queer Black writer, filmmaker, and visual artist born and based in Memphis. Her work centers stories of Black southern heritage, spirituality, and black femme identity, most often through afro-surrealist/futuristic imagery. She is 1/2 of NuJas, a multidisciplinary art house centering black women and queer folks.
ABOUT NADIA ALEXIS:
Nadia Alexis is a poet and photographer born in Harlem, NYC to Haitian immigrants and she is currently based in Oxford, Mississippi. Her poetry has been published in Indiana Review, MQR: Mixtape, Shenandoah, and others. Her poetry has also been anthologized in Wild Imperfections: An Anthology of Womanist Poems and Wild Gods: The Ecstatic in Contemporary American Poetry and Prose. Her photography publications include Forgotten Lands, MQR: Mixtape, TORCH Journal, MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, and others. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, 2019 honorable mention poetry prize winner of Hurston/Wright College Writers Award, 2020 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters photography award nominee, and 2020 semifinalist of the 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest. She is also a fellow of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and The Watering Hole. Her photographs have been shown in several exhibitions in the U.S. and Cuba, and she was mentored by Carrie Mae Weems in an independent scholars fellowship program for early-career artists and art historians of color. She is currently an English - Creative Writing Concentration Ph.D. student at the University of Mississippi where she studies and teaches Black literature.