- This in-person event is free and open to the public; audience will be limited to half normal room capacity, and proof of vaccination and masks are required. Video of the event will also be live-streamed to our YouTube channel. We welcome people with disabilities and want to do what we can to make the event accessible to you. The Poetry Center Reading Room space in Humanities 512 on the San Francisco State University campus is accessible for wheelchair users. Contact us in advance for other reasonable accommodations. Media captioning will be available after the event at our YouTube channel.
Join us for an afternoon reading and conversation, as we welcome poets Wang Ping and Jennifer S. Cheng to The Poetry Center.
Poet, novelist, and artist Wang Ping was born in 1957 in Shanghai, China. She earned a BA in English from Beijing University before immigrating to the United States in 1985. Ping earned an MA in English from Long Island University and a PhD in comparative literature from New York University. She is the author of over 12 books of poetry, prose, and translation, most recently the poetry collection My Name is Immigrant (Hanging Loose, 2020) and the memoir Life of Miracles Along the Yangtze and Mississippi (University of Georgia, 2018), winner of the the AWP Creative Nonfiction Award (2017). Wang's work is deeply rooted in her Chinese ancestry and identity and addresses the complexities of language, culture, and gender. She has also been featured in several multi-media solo exhibitions, including “We Are Water: Kinship of Rivers,” a one-month exhibition that brought 100 artists from the Yangtze and Mississippi Rivers to celebrate water (Soap Factory, 2014), and collaborated with filmmakers and composers on multiple projects. Minnesota Poet Laureate for 2021-2023, Wang is the founder of the Kinship of Rivers Project at Macalester College, where she taught creative writing as Professor of English for 21 years and is now a Professor Emerita. More at wangping.com
Jennifer S. Cheng received her BA from Brown University, MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa, and MFA in Poetry from San Francisco State University. She is the author of MOON: Letters, Maps, Poems, selected by Bhanu Kapil as winner of the Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize and named a “Best Book of 2018” by PublishersWeekly and Entropy magazine; House A, selected by Claudia Rankine as winner of the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize; and Invocation: An Essay, an image-text chapbook. She is a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, U.S. Fulbright scholar, Kundiman fellow, Bread Loaf work-study scholar, and the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Harold Taylor Award, the Ann Fields Poetry Award, the Mid-American Review Fineline Prize, a San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant, and multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. Her poetry, lyric essays, and image-text work appear in Tin House, AGNI, Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, The Normal School, DIAGRAM, Catapult, Hong Kong 20/20 (a PEN HK anthology), and elsewhere. Having grown up in Texas, Hong Kong, and Connecticut, she currently lives in rapture of the coastal prairies of northern California. She participates in women-curated experiments at Drop Leaf Press. More at jenniferscheng.com
Wang Ping, Kinship of Rivers Project, photo: Fritz Vandover; Jennifer S. Cheng, photo: Gary Tsang