Poetry: Yanyi, "The Year of Blue Water," with Rebecca Ariel Porte

April 30, 2019, 7:00 PM

143 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Join us Tuesday, April 30th, as the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and Yale University Press celebrate the publication of Yanyi's "The Year of Blue Water" (Yale University Press, 2019), winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. Weaving "experiences of immigration as a Chinese American, of racism, of mental wellness, and of gender from a queer and trans perspective," Yanyi's "arresting and straightforward poems" invite the reader "to consider how to speak with multiple identities through trauma, transition, and ordinary life." Yanyi will read selections from his work, and sit down with BISR faculty Rebecca Ariel Porte for a conversation about his poetry, process, subject matters, and influences.

Yanyi is a poet and critic who has received fellowships from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Poets House, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. He formerly served as curatorial assistant at The Poetry Project and as BISR’s Director of Technology and Design. He is currently associate editor at Foundry.

Rebecca Ariel Porte holds a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research, which centers on nineteenth- and twentieth-century movements in British and American poetry, concentrates on crossings between early analytic philosophy and modern theories of poetics and aesthetics. Reviews and essays have appeared in the Boston Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and io9, among other publications.

The event is free but please RSVP here.