Lisa and I talked about:
- Growing up in a Chinese restaurant
- Coming to appreciate home, even if you wanted to get away for so long
- Creating a safe learning environment
- The vulnerability of teaching topics like microaggressions that relate to one’s personal experience
- The challenges of being an artist teaching an academic discipline
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Originally from Radford, Virginia, Lisa Kwong is an AppalAsian poet. Winner of Sundress Publications’ 2019 Poetry Broadside Contest, she has work forthcoming or published in A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, Best New Poets 2014, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the minnesota review, and other journals. A multidisciplinary educator, she teaches Asian American Studies and English at Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington, Indiana. She is a distinguished creative writing alumna of Appalachian State University and holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Indiana University.
Links and Resources
- “Searching for Wonton Soup” broadside
- Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel Literary Journal, Vol. 22, containing Lisa’s poem “Declaration”
- Lisa Kwong, Writer on Facebook
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