One of our favorite poets at work today, Victoria Chang, author of the multiple-prize-winning OBIT, Barbie Chang, The Boss, Salvinia Molesta, and Circle, virtually visits with her much-anticipated first adult prose book, Dear Memory: Letters on Writing, Silence, and Grief (Milkweed Editions).
“Victoria Chang's Dear Memory is a tender exploration of grief, an excavation into stories untold, memories unshared, the treasures that await our discoveries if we trace through the lives that held ours. It is a vulnerable and evocative experience of what it means to miss, to yearn, to return to the pieces of our most beloved." –Kao Kalia Yang.
"After the impressive formal innovations of her 2020 book, OBIT, which won multiple national awards, Chang continues to find new ways to plumb her experiences on the page . . . Depending on what one brings to this book, each reader may find their own moment of goosebumps or tears . . . This book is moving in a way that transcends story and message; it captures a purer sense of another person's heart." ―Kirkus Reviews.
Copper Canyon Press, which published OBIT (winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and the PEN Voeckler Award, and made nominee lists for the National Book Award and National Book Circle Critics Prize) and Barbie Chang, is due to have a new poetry collection by Victoria Chang out in April 2022, The Trees Witness Everything.
Appearing with Victoria Chang this evening will be another favorite poet, Rick Barot, who lives in Tacoma and directs The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University. He is most recently author of the much-praised collection, The Galleons, which was Longlisted for the National Book Awards 2020 for poetry." (Promo Copy)