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Asian American Narratives: A Reading & Discussion

  • Twenty Stories Bookstore 1005 Main St #8206 Pawtucket (map)

Race and ethnicity; self-invention and identity; visibility and representation. An author reading and panel discussion on Asian American narratives in literature and the themes, forms, and contexts that they explore.

Join us as poets Tina Cane, Stine An, and Stacey Tran read from their respective creative works and discuss their views on the Asian American literary landscape. Discussion will be led by poet and professor Mary-Kim Arnold. The reading and discussion will be followed by students of Mary-Kim Arnold’s Asian American Narrative class sharing their own writing pieces.

About the Poets:

Tina Cane serves as poet laureate of Rhode Island and is the founder and director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI, for which she works as a visiting poet. Tina is also an instructor with the writing community, Frequency Providence. Over the past twenty years, she has taught French, English, and creative writing in public and private schools throughout New York City and Rhode Island. Tina’s poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals including Spinning Jenny, Tupelo Quarterly, The Good men ProjectTwo Serious Ladies, The Literary Review, and Jubliat. Her work, The Fifth Thought, was published by Other Painters Press in 2008. She is also the author of Dear Elena: Letters for Elena Ferrante (Skillman Ave. Press), Once More With Feeling (Veliz Books) and Body of Work ( Veliz Books). Tina was the 2016 recipient for the Fellowship Merit Award in Poetry from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.  She lives outside of Providence, RI with her husband and their three children.

Stine An is a poet and stand-up comic based in Providence, RI. Her work has been published in Ohio Edit, Nat. Brut, and the Best American Experimental writing series. Stine studied writing at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and is an MFA candidate in Literary Arts at Brown University. She also produces Chat Club PVD, a bi-monthly series of experimental performance and media. You can find her work and more at

Stacey Tran is a writer from Portland, OR. Her writing can be found in BOMB MagazineThe Brooklyn RaildiaCRITICSand others. She is the author of Soap for the Dogs (Gramma, 2018; Black Ocean, 2019) and the creator of Tender Table, a storytelling series about food, community, identity. Stacey is a candidate in the MFA Literary Arts program at Brown University.

Earlier Event: April 13
Tender Table