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Hey Albany, NY: I’m reading for St. Rocco’s Reading for the Falsely Accused on Feb. 18.

People of thestroccos Capital Tech Tri-City Valley Region District! On Sunday, February 18, I’ll be reading work as part of the St. Rocco’s Reading for the Falsely Accused series.

Hosted and curated by Aimee Harrison, Kenyatta Garcia, and Douglas Rothschild, St. Rocco’s is a super-cool salon-poetry reading series. This installment features Buck Downs, Tara Needham, & Daniel Nester.  Reading begins at 8pm. The location is 58 Philip St, Albany, NY 12202-1715. Enter at the corner of Philip and Elm. Pre-reading hang is at The Excelsior Pub at 6pm.

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I’ll be going to AWP in Washington, DC. Perhaps I will see you there?


AWP, that annual meeting of the writers, teachers, publishers, and MFA programs, takes place in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Like many others, I feel conflicted even entering the area code of the Orange-Headed Fascist, but perhaps there is strength in numbers. There better be.

I’ll be doing the Spinal Tap-style book-signing thing at the 99: The Press table (414-T) on Friday, 1-2pm. Buy a copy of SHADER, get some extra goodies from me.

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Hey, People of Hudson! On Friday, August 26 come to A Hot August Night Reading!


Stoked to be reading with my old friend Jen Hyde, who is now a rock star, and Vt Hung, and at my favorite bookstore in the world, The Spotty Dog. Details and full-length bios below.

August 26, 7pm
The Spotty Dog Books & Ale
A Hot August Night Reading
with VT Hung, Jen Hyde, and Daniel Nester plus special guests

Join us as 2016 Asian American Writers’ Workshop Margins Fellows VT Hung and Jen Hyde wrap up their residencies at The Millay Colony in Austerlitz, NY and read new work, joined by friend Daniel Nester and others. A short set from DJ Wizzy D (Delmar, NY) to follow.


VT Hung is a Vietnamese American fiction writer who was born in Dorchester, MA and currently lives in Washington Heights. His parents are boat people who, with his godparents, opened the first Vietnamese grocery store in Boston.  He received his education from Boston and Randolph Public Schools, Boston College High School, Boston College, the Lynch School of Education, WGBH-TV Channel 2, and the Boston Public Library. In the fall, he will begin his
M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Syracuse University.  Vt is writing a collection of short stories about Vietnamese refugee and immigrants living in Boston. His work seeks to retrace memories, construct alternative narratives, recognize porous cultural borders, explore overlapping histories, and make connections across racial boundaries. He is interested in race, gender, class, and popular culture. Link to recent work here.

Jen Hyde is the author of Hua Shi Hua (华画诗) Drawings and Poems from China, forthcoming in January 2017 from Ahsahta Press. Her poems and generative translations have appeared in The Margins, The Volta and Drunken Boat, and she is a collaborative chapbook publisher with No, Dear / Small Anchor. The recipient of fellowships from Ithaca College and NYU Shanghai, Jen is currently a Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writer’s Workshop and a Heart Valve Ambassador for the American Heart Association. She lives in Brooklyn. Link to recent work here.

Daniel Nester is the author most recently of the memoir-in-essays Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Making Out in Church, Grief, and Other Unlearnable Subjects (99: The Press 2015). His previous books include How to Be Inappropriate (Soft Skull, 2010), God Save My Queen I and II (Soft Skull, 2003 and 2004), and The Incredible Sestina Anthology (Write Bloody, 2014), which he edited. He is an associate professor of English at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Link to recent work here.

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Up on The Millions: “Group Therapy: Was It Really a Game?”

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So cool to have published an essay at the illustrious website The Millions. Here’s the first paragraph:

Before A Question of Scruples, Loaded Questions, or Curses; decades before Cards Against Humanity, Drunk Stoned or Stupid, or Never Have I Ever; before Nasty Things, What’s Yours Like?, or Disturbed Friends, there was Group Therapy, the original psychological adult board game. Released in 1969, Group Therapy straddled the free-love ’60s and the ’70s Me Decade, groovy and real, a plain black box with white text, just the name and question: “Is it really a game?”  Yes, reads the instruction booklet, Group Therapy is a game. “But Group Therapy is for people who want to do more than just play games. For people who want to open up. Get in touch. Let go. Be free.”

Take a look some photos of some of Group Therapy’s cards above, and the piece itself here.


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