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Jane Wong Book Launch: Overpour

October 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 4.59.01 PMFrom the recent American Poetry Review‘s Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize win to being named a finalist for Poetry‘s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg fellowship, Seattle-based poet Jane Wong has been receiving much-deserved attention as of late, even catching the attention of Sherman Alexie.

Jane is also a Hugo House favorite—and regular instructor—so we’re thrilled to be hosting the celebration of her debut collection, Overpour, out now from Action Books!

Join us for a cocktail reception, followed by a reading and signing.

Books will be for sale by Open Books.


Praise for Overpour:

“Jane Wong’s powerful first book…weaves together seemingly disparate topics such as war and child’s play, language and exile, debt, animals, and nature. By doing so, Wong creates a space between—for the reader to enter. At the same time, by creating this space, she makes a space for possibility. Montage-like, the poems are also a kind of philosophy by which I mean they are curious. They ask questions of the world. Not afraid of being earnest, Wong’s voice is both playful and cerebral, weaving in and out of the world—its wars and its violence, poverty and alienation—making a beautiful and smart, strange and new, word elixir.”—Cynthia Cruz (Wunderkammer and How the End Begins)


Jane WongJane Wong‘s poems can be found in anthologies and journals such as Best American Poetry 2015, Best New Poets 2012, Pleiades, Third Coast, and others. She received the 2016 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Squaw Valley, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Currently, she is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pacific Lutheran University. Along with three chapbooks, she is the author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016).