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Small Press

Literary Nonfiction. Cultural Studies.

Paperback. Kelsey Street Press (2015).


"What is an avant- garde Asian American Poetic?" NESTS AND STRANGERS: ON ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN POETS offers an investigation into the contextual identities of diaspora, sound, and the materiality of objectification found both in and on the body through the possibilities of language and page. Essayists Sarah Dowling, Merle Woo, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, and Dorothy Wang provide a critical framework on the life, works, politics, and poetics of Asian American poets Nellie Wong, Myung Mi Kim, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, and Bhanu Kapil, four authors whose bodies of work represent the full range of Asian American poetry written since the 1970s.

Edited with an introduction by Timothy Yu
Afterword by Mg Roberts

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About the Editor

Timothy Yu is Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies and Director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry Since 1965 (Stanford University Press, 2009). He is also the author of four chapbooks of poetry: Immersion(1995); Postcard Poems (2003), co-written with Cassie Lewis; Journey to the West(2006), which won a Vincent Chin Memorial Chapbook Prize from Kundiman; and 15 Chinese Silences (2012), which is part of a longer work that takes its impetus from the Billy Collins poem “Grave.”