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Vancouver Poet is Recognized by Asian American Writers' Workshop


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Nightwood Editions is pleased to announce that forage by Rita Wong has been named a finalist for the 11th Annual Asian American Literary Awards. Wong’s collection of poetry confronts our current “value chain” in relation to such colossal topics as patriotism, environmental issues, race and gender roles, history, media, food, housing, addiction and the unsubstantiated accumulation of waste.

Wong intersperses the pages of forage with clever wordplay and frames her poems with evocative marginalia, Chinese characters and quotes from influential cultural icons. Shani Mootoo says “this little book of poems leads the literary wing of the 21st century’s people’s revolution” and is a vivid, fierce commentary on our international political landscape and the injustices it breeds.

Rita Wong’s first book, monkeypuzzle, was published by Press Gang in 1998 and received the Asian Canadian Writer’s Workshop Emerging Writer Award. In April 2008, Wong won the BC Book Prize’s Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for forage. She has taught Critical and Cultural Studies at the Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver, BC and is currently a visiting instructor at the University of Miami.

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is a literary arts nonprofit organization that has spent nearly two decades advocating for Asian American literature. Since 1998, the Workshop has presented annual Asian American Literary Awards with the aim to celebrate excellent works of literature by Asian American writers. Awards are presented in three categories—fiction, nonfiction and poetry, as well as a Member’s Choice Award. Winners will be announced at a reception on Wednesday, November 12, 2008.