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The English Department Reading Series Presents Marianne Chan

The English Department Reading Series is thrilled to present poet Marianne Chan in a virtual reading and Q & A on March 29th at 5 pm.

Sarabande Books notes, “Whether rewriting the origin story of Eve  - “I always imagined that the serpent had the legs of a seductive woman in black nylons” – or ruminating on what-should-have-been-said “when the man at the party said he wanted to own a Filipino,” Chan paints wry, witty renderings of anecdotal and folkloric histories, while both preserving and unveiling a self that dares any other to try and claim it.” Critic James Kimbrell notes “All Heathens is a debut of the highest order, an exuberant and eye-opening ride across centuries and continents that will leave its reader bedazzled, befriended, and grateful for this vital new voice.” And poet, Rick Barot writes, “When the outsiders, barbarians, and heathens finally tell the complicated truths of their experiences, the result is poetry like Chan’s  -- brash and wise, piercing and transformative.”

Marianne Chan grew up in Stuttgart, Germany, and Lansing, Michigan. She is the author of All Heathens (Sarabande Books, 2020), which was the winner of the 2021 GLCA New Writers Award in Poetry and the 2021 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in New England Review, Kenyon Review, The Cincinnati Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Cincinnati.


Link to reading: 5pm-6pm


Posted: March 1, 2022, 3:15 PM