Category Archives: Books

“Foreign Encounters” Anthology Now Available!

Foreign Encounters, the newest anthology from Writers Abroad, is finally available on Lulu! “An encounter can be a chance meeting, a planned get-together or even a confrontation. This collection of stories, non-fiction and poems features a variety of foreign encounters: … Continue reading

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Press Release: Foreign Encounters Anthology

The publication date for Writers Abroad’s new anthology, Foreign Encounters, is just days away. I’m really pleased to be a part of this project.   The press release is below. Here’s the gorgeous cover:   PRESS RELEASE Foreign Encounters: A New Anthology from Writers … Continue reading

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Communion, A Culinary Journey through Vietnam: book review

Kim Fay’s Communion, A Culinary Journey through Vietnam, is a book that lives up to its title. The author takes the reader along as she travels Việt Nam from north to south, researching, cooking and tasting along the way. It’s also a … Continue reading

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Cookbook review: Secrets of the Red Lantern: Stories and Vietnamese Recipes from the Heart

Secrets of the Red Lantern: Stories and Vietnamese Recipes from the Heart By Pauline Nguyen, with recipes by Luke Nguyen and Mark Jensen Secrets of the Red Lantern is really two books in one: a memoir and a cookbook. The … Continue reading

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Fire

What a lovely way to start off this beautiful morning: with a letter from the editor of the Winnipeg Review, saying my memoir piece, Fire, is the feature article on the front page, just published. It’s a short essay; takes five minutes … Continue reading

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Yoruba Girl

. Krik? Krak! Iron and silk– Yoruba girl dancing. With thanks to the authors: Edwidge Danticat, Mark Salzman, Simi Bedford. Poem 22, Day 22 of NaPoWriMo 2012

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Hunger

throwaway daughter swallowing clouds— hunger . Thanks to the authors: Ting-Xing Ye, A. Zee, and Lan Samantha Chang. “Hunger” is my 16th poem, for day 16 of National Poetry Month. Fourteen more to go! They won’t all be book spine poems, … Continue reading

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The Journey

Such a long journey, the journey to the east; ten thousand miles without a cloud. Another bookmash poem for National Poetry Month. (Let’s rename it International Poetry Month!) With gratitude to the authors: Rohinton Mistry, Hermann Hesse, and Sun Shuyun.

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We Share the Empty City

The city— We share the empty city. Midnight’s children, tap dancing in Zen. With gratitude to the authors and editors: Mark Abley and twenty authors, Berit Ellingsen, Salman Rushdie, and Geri Larkin. I had intended not to use the same … Continue reading

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Old Beijing

The last days of Old Beijing. The city. We share three bowls; a simple celebration. Seductions of rice. With gratitude to the authors and editors: Michael Meyer, Mark Abley and 20 authors, Seppo Ed Farrey and Myochi Nancy O’Hara, Ginna Bell … Continue reading

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