Chapbook up for pre-order, new poems & Let Me Love Me!

Hello all!

There has been a ton of exciting news lately! The biggest one is that my first chapbook, AFTER, is up for pre-order right now on YesYes books! Its on a sale right now where you get $2 off and free shipping, so act now!

Also, it was reviewed by Katherine Frain at the BlueShift Journal, which you can read here!

Here is an interview I did about it at Speaking of Marvels!

Two poems of mine, “Rewind/Play” and “Dear Phillis Wheatley” are up in the newest issue of Pinwheel Journal. 

Danez Smith said some really kind words about my work on LitHub’s list of #ActualAsianPoets

I did an interview at Entropy about some of my favorite foods!

I got nominated for a Pushchart by Nepantla and for Best of the Net by Heart Online and FreezeRay Poetry!

My poem “After” was published in the Summer 2015 issue of The Journal

My poem “Orphan” was published in an amazing journal called Nepantla, which features voiced of queer people of color. They also did an interview with contributors and you can check out what I and other writers are reading!

I also made a Tumblr for my Let Me Love Me project!! Check it out here! 

I did an interview about my Let Me Love Me Project that you can check out!

Two Poems in The Margins

Hello all!


I am so pleased to have two poems up in The Margins, an amazing literary journal associated with the Asian American Writers Workshop.

Both of these poems are very close to my heart. One is called “For Peshawar”, for the school bombing that happened in Peshawar in December 2014. The other one is about being an orphan. Please check them out!

Book Recommendation: Ladan Osman’s The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony

What a gift Ladan Osman has given us with her debut collection The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony. Ladan is both of and above this earth: her poems float above us as they make observations about the situations and life she lays out, as well as deal with the very tangible reality of living on this earth as a woman of color and immigrant. Her work is inquisitive, gently exploring the world around her.  Her language is also full of play, teasing, joyful, blending both the divine and the secular.

This is a wonderful read, one that I would encourage all readers to explore.



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New Poem in POETRY Magazine

Check out my poem Pluto Shits on The Universe published in POETRY Magazine. It is part of an incredible anthology I am a part of called The Break Beat Poets which everyone needs to check out. The poems in here are heart wrenching, alive, just so necessary, Its a great book to teach from, and I am sure you will be hearing from these writers for many years.


Also, I currently am part of a project with the Poetry Foundation Called Chicago 77, which if you are in Chicago you should make sure to check out!