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K-Ming Chang: Bestiary
June 17, 2021 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
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In K-Ming Chang’s novel, Mother tells Daughter a story about a tiger spirit who lived in a woman’s body. Soon afterward, Daughter awakes with a tiger tail. As more mysterious events follow, Daughter begins to understand that each woman in her family embodies a myth—and that she will have to bring her family’s secrets to light in order to change their destiny.
“Told by many voices, Bestiary is a queer, transnational fairy tale whose irresistible heroine is a Taiwanese American baby dyke. Written in a prose style as inventive and astonishing as the story it tells, to read it is to enter a world where the female body possesses enormous power, where the borders between generations are porous and shifting. A worthy heir to Maxine Hong Kingston, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, and Jamaica Kincaid, K-Ming Chang is a woman warrior for the 21st century—part oracle, part witness, all heart.” – Jennifer Tseng
K-Ming Chang will be in conversation with KaeLyn Rich, author of Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution
K-Ming Chang is a Kundiman Fellow, a Lambda Literary Award finalist in poetry, and a 2020 National Book Foundation 5 under 25 Honoree. She is the author of the micro-chapbook Bone House (forthcoming) and Gods of Want, a short story collection forthcoming from One World Random House in 2022. Her poems have been anthologized widely, including in Ink Knows No Borders, Best New Poets 2018, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses XLIIV.
KaeLyn Rich (she/her) is a queer Korean feminist and the Rochester-based author of Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution. A direct action organizer, nonprofit leader, and professional speaker, she is the vice president of organizational advancement at UltraViolet and formerly worked in advocacy at the ACLU of NY and Planned Parenthood of Central and Western NY.
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