Join Tina Chang as she reflects on a life fueled by the search for identity, meaning, and purpose. She will read poems from her three collections of poetry: Half-Lit Houses, Of Gods & Strangers, and her forthcoming collection, Hybrida, while she reflects on what it means to lead a life well lived through empathy, compassion, and social change.
Tina Chang is poet laureate of Brooklyn — the first woman named to this position — and author of the poetry collections Half-Lit Houses and Of Gods & Strangers (Four Way Books) and co-editor of the anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond (W.W. Norton, 2008) along with Nathalie Handal and Ravi Shankar. Her poems have appeared in American Poet, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, The New York Times, and elsewhere.
Her work has been anthologized in Identity Lessons, Poetry Nation, Asian American Literature, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation, From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems and in Poetry 30: Poets in Their Thirties. She has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Poets & Writers, the Van Lier Foundation, and others.
She currently teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and is an international faculty member at the City University of Hong Kong.