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  • Date: September 14
  • Time: 7:00pm - 7:00pm PT

Heart Radical: Anne Liu Kellor in conversation with Joyce Chen

Join writer and Hugo House teacher Anne Liu Kellor as she launches her memoir, Heart Radical: A Search for Language, Love, and Belonging (She Writes Press). Anne will read excerpts and be in conversation with Joyce Chen, Executive Director of Seventh Wave Magazine. Questions from the audience will be welcome during the final portion. Signed books can be ordered through our partners at Elliott Bay Bookstore. Preorder the book »

Praise for Heart Radical


Heart Radical is a richly absorbing, deeply moving book about one woman’s search for identity, enlightenment, and connection. It’s also a tender travel memoir that takes the reader on an unforgettable and intimate journey with the author as she grapples with being a twentysomething American in China—the country from which her mother immigrated. I loved this book. It’s vulnerable, searching, insightful, riveting, and beautifully written.”

– Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things

“Through personal and historical recollection and the language of wounding, Heart Radical speaks to land and culture, selfhood and belonging. To live within and without language, to ignore or embrace silence. This memoir is a refuge, a legacy, a heart breathing in one continuous motion.”

– E. J. Koh, author of The Magical Language of Others and A Lesser Love

About the Speakers

Headshot of Anne Liu KellorAnne Liu Kellor is a mixed-race Chinese American writer, editor, and teacher based in Seattle. Her essays have appeared in Longreads, Fourth Genre, Witness, New England Review, Entropy, The Normal School, Literary Mama, and many more. She has received fellowships and support from Seventh Wave, Hedgebrook, Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4Culture, and Hypatia-in-the-Woods. Anne teaches writing workshops at the Hugo House and beyond, and loves to support women and BIPOC writers in finding their voice and community. Heart Radical: A Search for Language, Love, and Longing is her first book. Please visit to  learn more.

 Joyce Chen is a writer, editor, and community builder based in Seattle, WA, originally hailing from Los Angeles. She has covered entertainment and human interest stories for Rolling Stone, Refinery29, the New York Daily News, and People, among others, and her creative writing credits include Poets & Writers, Lit Hub, Narratively, and Slant’d, among others. She frequently contributes op-eds to Paste magazine, and writes book reviews for Orion and Hyphen magazines. She is a proud VONA alum and was a 2019-2020 Hugo House fellow. She is also the executive director of The Seventh Wave, an arts and literary nonprofit that champions art in the space of social issues.