Kenji C. Liu Poetry Workshops Keynote Speaker Manuscript Consultation
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Kenji C. Liu [he/him/his] is author of Monsters I Have Been (Alice James Books, 2019) and Map of an Onion, national winner of the 2015 Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize (Inlandia Institute). His poetry can be found in US and Canadian journals such as American Poetry Review, Anomaly, Arc Poetry Magazine, Barrow Street, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, The Volta, and Poetry Northwest, and magazines such as The Feminist Wire and The Progressive. His work is also featured in numerous anthologies, including Resisting Arrest, and two chapbooks, Craters: A Field Guide (2017) and You Left Without Your Shoes (2009). He has received fellowships from Kundiman, VONA/Voices, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program (where he received the Bessie Schönberg Memorial Endowed Fellowship), and the Community of Writers. His work has been featured in NBC Asian America and TaiwaneseAmerican.org, and he has given readings in Japan, México, and throughout the US.
Liu’s classes and workshops always offer an integrated blend of interactive, participatory, creative, and critical thinking activities. He has taught or presented on creative writing, mindfulness, ethnic studies, activism and social change theory, and multicultural alliance-building in community colleges, public universities, non-profits, national conferences, meditation centers, and local grassroots spaces throughout the US. He currently teaches at Occidental College.
As a longtime vipassana and mindfulness practitioner, he also collaborated with Buddhist teacher Mushim Ikeda to develop a popular mindfulness and creative writing workshop, which they presented at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the East Bay Meditation Center.
Available for Workshops • Craft Talks • Keynote Speeches • Readings & Multimedia Presentations • Panel Participation • Interviews • Classroom Visits • Interdisciplinary Collaborations • Manuscript Consultation • Graphic & Book Design • Editorials & Think Pieces
Topics include Masculinity • Experimental & Hybrid Poetics • Frankenpo • Poetry & Activism • Mindfulness & Creativity • Visual Poetry • Multicultural Alliance-Building • Asian American Poetics & Politics • Migration & Diaspora • Theatre of the Oppressed • Social Media Marketing for Poets