On Feb. 15, 2022, from 5:30-7pm PST, join this One-Time Intimate Talk with Jane Wong.
We are thrilled to have Jane Wong as one of our one-time intimate talks for our 2021 Community Fundraiser. By purchasing a seat here to this talk on Feb. 15, 2022, you’ll be receiving an autographed copy of How to Not Be Afraid of Everything, which was published earlier this year by Alice James Books, and you’ll be saving yourself a seat for this 90-minute virtual, intimate conversation facilitated by The Seventh Wave. While you can read more about Jane below or on her site here, there’s so much to be said about her work.
“Jane Wong is a poet who hears the past breathing inside the present, inside the body, every shivering-alive sense,” writes Chen Chen.
In speaking about her book, How to Not Be Afraid of Everything, Chen Chen continues: “This immensely moving book is a lyrical reckoning with the colossal losses of modern Chinese history; these poems simultaneously inhabit contemporary immigrant life in the U.S. with uncompromising compassion. Instead of a linear document, Wong embraces collage, lacunae, and a kaleidoscopic questioning of what refuses both forgetting and easy remembering—what pulses beneath the amnesiac surface with shimmering fierceness.”
After reading Jane’s work, “You will hunger for all the beautiful ways we can break bread together and with our ghosts,” writes Aimee Nezhukumatathil. “You will hunger for families both blood and chosen. These treasured poems are a most memorable exploration into what threads us together and what might break us.”
There are only 14 available seats for purchase for this one-time intimate talk.
Click the button below to reserve your seat, but if you are unable to join due to financial constraints, there are 3 scholarship spots available for this talk. This is because Jane has donated her stipend to allow for two more additional scholarship seats (The Seventh Wave is sponsoring one scholarship seat for every talk). If you’d like to apply for one of the three scholarships seats for this talk, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 17, 2021. Scholarships will be awarded via raffle on Dec. 24, 2021, by email.
The autographed copy of How to Not Be Afraid of Everything will ship out the week of Jan. 3, 2022, by priority mail. Please read all the information here about our Community Fundraiser, as there are discounts for our TSW Past Contributors, and options to gift these talks or autographed books to friends and/or loved ones.
Jane Wong is the author of How to Not Be Afraid of Everything from Alice James Books (2021) and Overpour from Action Books (2016). Her debut memoir, Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City, is forthcoming from Tin House in 2023. She holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington and is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University. Her poems can be found in places such as Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019, Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, POETRY, AGNI, Third Coast, New England Review, and others. Her essays have appeared in McSweeney’s, Black Warrior Review, Ecotone, The Common, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, and This is the Place: Women Writing About Home. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships and residencies from the U.S. Fulbright Program, Artist Trust, Harvard’s Woodberry Poetry Room, 4Culture, the Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf, Hedgebrook, Willapa Bay, the Jentel Foundation, SAFTA, Mineral School, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and others. The recipient of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist award for Washington artists, her first solo art show “After Preparing the Altar, the Ghosts Feast Feverishly” was exhibited at the Frye Art Museum in 2019. A scholar of Asian American poetry and poetics as well, you can explore “The Poetics of Haunting” project here.