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In this class, students will read original and translated poems by contemporary Taiwanese authors. Pairing individual poems with American poets, students will use thematic concepts as a guide to generate new work; elements include intimacy, magic, suppression and more, to be discussed by juxtaposition. We'll first read a few poems together. We'll also be pairing individual poems with American poets, students will use thematic concepts as a guide to generate new work.

Chia-Lun Chang is the author of One Day We Become Whites (ND/SA, 2016). Recent work appears in the Asiya Wadud: Echo Exhibit, Apogee, Sink Review, Brooklyn Poets, and Poetry Society of America. A Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, she has received support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Tofte Lake Center, Cave Canem Workshop, Vermont Studio Center and Poets House. She has performed at MoMA PS1, Ace Hotel, the Poetry Project and Queens Museum, and lectured at Pratt Institute, Queens College, and New York Foundation for the Arts. Chia-Lun teaches contemporary Taiwanese poetry at the Brooklyn Public Library and writes for chatbots. Born and raised in New Taipei City, Taiwan, she lives in New York City. You can find her at https://www.chialunchang.com

University Open Air is generously supported by The Morris & Alma Schapiro Fund. WNYC is a media partner of the 2020 BPL Presents Season.

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