April 16, 2014

Tina Chang and Mindy Nettifee

CURATOR’S COMMENT FROM TAYLOR MALI: We really don’t know what to expect from this pairing. Both poets have similar sense of irreverence and are not afraid of going surreal. Chang’s poems sometimes become aware of the poem as object in the middle of the poem, as if saying, “Wait. This is not coming out quite right,” and I’ve seen her use blank lines in poems (literally, like fill-in-the __________) that I have no idea how she would perform out loud. Nettiffee has a slam background, but is equally comfortable performing with a band behind her.

TINA CHANG is the Brooklyn Poet Laureate. Author of the poetry collections Half-Lit Houses (2004) and Of Gods & Strangers (2011), she is also co-editor of the anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond  (W.W. Norton, 2008).  Her poems have been published in American Poet, McSweeney’s, The New York Times, and Ploughshares, among others.  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 among others. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and she is also a member of the international writing faculty at the City University of Hong Kong, the first low-residency MFA program to be established in Asia.

MINDY NETTIFEE is a Pushcart Prize nominated writer and accomplished performance poet. She is the author of two full-length collections Sleepyhead Assassins (Moon Tide Press) and Rise of the Trust Fall (Write Bloody Press), and a collection of essays on writing Glitter In The Blood – A Poet’s Manifesto for Better, Braver Writing (Write Bloody Press). She has performed and taught in over 500 hundreds of venues, colleges and universities across America and Europe, competed in five National Poetry Slams,opened for indie rock act the Cold War Kids, headlined national poetry tours The Last Nerve – A High Tea Poetry Brawl and The Whirlwind Company, and was featured in the critically acclaimed poetry concert documentary The Drums Inside Your Chest.

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