Tina Chang is the author of Half-Lit Houses and the co-editor of Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond. The New York native was appointed poet laureate of Brooklyn in 2010, and has previously earned honors including an award from the Academy of American Poets and a residency at the MacDowell Colony. Chang’s new book, Of Gods & Strangers, is forthcoming in 2011 from Four Way Books.
In this recording from the 2008 Key West Literary Seminar, New Voices, Chang reads a selection of poems and discusses the inspiration and influences– from historical figures to newspaper articles to karaoke to conversation– that engendered them. Poems include “Wild Invention,” “Love is Scripted,” “Self-portrait as an Imaginary D.J.,” “The Empress Dowager Has One Bird,” “The Empress Dowager Contemplates Her Lineage,” “Three Versions of Desiring,” and “A Full Life.”
From KWLS 2008: New Voices