Thursday, January 29, 2009

My poem, Adventures in Shangdu, is now in Conjunctions. Check it online.


At 10:24 PM , Blogger Bonk said...

Hi Cathy,
My name's Nick Demske and I run a few different poetry related programs where I work, at the Racine Public Library, in Wisconsin. I'm just writing to let you know that you were recently the poet whose work we featured in a contemporary poetry discussion group out here. You can see the blog site for the group at
We've had this group established for over a year now and this was one of my favorite events yet! Everyone was really receptive to your work and I, personally, loved getting to immerse myself in both your books for the last month. I'm so excited to have explored your work now and you're already among my new favorites (and "Adventures in Shangdu" proves that you're only getting better).
Just wanted to let you know that a fistful more of people are now familiar with your work in SE Wisconsin and to thank you for giving us challenging, excellent work to spend some time with.
I also co-curate a performance series (called BONK!; through the library here and, if you're ever going to be back in (or want to come back out to) the general chicago-milwaukee area, know you definitely have a home at BONK! : )
Thanks again and I look forward to following your work for a long time to come,

PS-I really related to what you said in your Rodrigo Toscano Poetry Foundation blog about experimental poets returning to the artifice of voice, rather than the lyric voice. I think that applies to most of the experimental poets I admire too and I feel it's one of your works strongest characteristics.

At 9:06 AM , Blogger Cathy Park Hong said...

Hey Nick,

Thanks so much for using my collection for your reading group. I'm excited that there are more peeps in Wisconsin who are now familiar with my work. I'll let you know the next time that I'm in the vicinity. Any chance that your town is near House on the Rock? That's one of my favorite museums.


At 7:10 PM , Blogger nicki-poo said...

That's really hilarious...
about two hours from house on the rock. In a less public forum sometime, I'll share with you a funny anecdote from my childhood about that place sometime. We're just about 40 minutes from Woodland Pattern, in Milwaukee, if you're familiar with that book store. Other than that, the only big draws are the lake, the library, the RAM (Racine Art Museum) and BONK!, of course : ) I look forward to being in touch in the future. Keep cranking out awesome work,

another ps- I got to see Rodrigo Toscano read twice this last week at one of the best readers I've heard in a long time. And a super nice guy in general. Way to promote a book that deserves it...

At 10:57 PM , Blogger Red Accordions said...

Dear Cathy,

I'm currently a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Utah's Literature/Creative Writing Program. I hope you'll forgive my emailing you at such late notice, but just today I read about the Congress of
International Comparative Literature Association to be held in Seoul from August 15-21, 2010. As a [C]orean American poet, I've been such an admirer of your work. I'd be honored to propose a panel or symposia featuring innovate writers, such as yourself and a few additional established writers of [C]orean descent. I noticed that the deadline
for proposal was officially, well, yesterday, however, I did see that they do consider late proposals as well if space permits. I'm wondering if you'd be interested in participating on such a panel (I also emailed Myung Mi Kim and will contact a few other writers)? The topic could be loosely related to the Congress's theme of "Expanding
the Frontiers of Comparative Literature," say, perhaps a panel about the ways in which writers of Corean descent attempt to refocus the
western-centrism of comparative literature and how their work deals with notions of "otherness." I would, of course, be open to suggestions and changes for a topic, as well as considering which
format (i.e. Workshops / Symposia / Round Tables / Seminars / Panel) would be most appropriate.

Thank you for considering this late-night request. :) I look forward to hearing from you and hope we can meet in Seoul for this conference.

With admiration,
Esther Lee

p.s. Here is their website:

At 9:57 AM , Blogger Red Accordions said...

Hello Cathy,

So far, the confirmed panelists for the 2010 Congress of International Comparative Literature Association include Myung Mi Kim, Sun Yung Shin, Ed Bok Lee, and Gary Jackson. I hope you can join the panel as well. :)

Because of time constraints, i'll be sending a rough proposal by tomorrow morning (in hopes it'll still slide under their official deadline of Feb. 20th).

Thank you...


At 4:00 PM , Blogger Cathy Park Hong said...

Dear Esther,

This is something I could definitely be interested in. You can email me at to discuss it further. Meanwhile, feel free to put my name down for the panel.


At 11:24 AM , Blogger Ed Baker said...

I somehow connected with your Shangdu in Conjunctions

when doing Song of Chin in 1970-72 I discovered
my other country...XANADU

same ancient city?

first read of any ot your writing is / was this ( is much to my liking and (you are)
a pleasant discovery for me... refreshing and "beyond the pale" (norm)

cheers, Ed


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