Join us in celebrating the launch of Nancy Huang’s debut poetry collection, Favorite Daughter. With readings from Nancy and special guests Philip Olalo, Noor Wadi, and Jasmine Bell.
Favorite Daughter is a poetry collection trying to uproot America from inside the body, and find where China is buried underneath. Divided into four parts, Daughter explores ideas like navigating hybridity, localism, and harmony in ways that disturb commonly-held notions about broad terms like “belonging” and “cultural struggle.” A compilation of immigration stories, Chinese radio segments, Google translate entries, and dictionary remixes, Favorite Daughter shows Huang immersing herself in everything she is uncertain of.
NANCY HUANG grew up in America and China. She is a winner of the 2016 Write Bloody Poetry Chapbook contest, an Andrew Julius Gutow Academy of American Poets Prize, a Regents Arts & Humanities Award finalist, a James F. Parker Award in Poetry, a 2015 YoungArts Finalist prize, and was a winner of the Michigan Young Playwrights Festival. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Vinyl, Bodega Magazine, TRACK//FOUR, Winter Tangerine Review, The Shade Journal, and others. This past summer she was the youngest attendant of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop summer graduate session. She is a VONA alum.
PHILIP OLALO is a 23-year-old Queer Fat Brown Poet based out of Austin, TX. Born in Manila, Philippines their poetry reflects their diaspora heart. They currently attend the University of Texas at Austin with plans to graduate with a degree in International Relations along with a minor in Asian Studies. To Philip, poetry is claiming the power in their voice. It is how they have learned to speak their truth. Philip’s work is for all the queer fat brown babes who’ve ever felt alone. Their current goals include being so kind in this life that they are reincarnated as a dog in the next life.
NOOR WADI is a Palestinian, Muslima poet who writes about her roots in revolution and under political oppression. She started writing poetry in high school, and back then, she had dreams of becoming a rapper when she grew up. Thankfully, the Slam Team at her undergrad, UT Dallas, gave her some direction and helped her realize that what she was writing was spoken word, and definitely not rap. Since then, she has been performing her poetry all over Texas. She is most proud of winning the title of UT Dallas Underground Poetry Circus Champion in 2014. Noor is so honored to have the opportunity to take her work to Chicago with the amazing SPITSHINE Team for CUPSI 2017. In her free time, Noor is a second-year law student at UT Austin who loves drinking bubble tea and watching Miyazaki movies.
JASMINE C. BELL is an emerging poet and artist in Austin, Texas and currently attends the University of Texas with plans to major in psychology and minor in Mandarin Chinese. In 2015 she was a member of the UT Spitshine slam poetry team that went to CUPSI, where they placed 13th nationally and won the award for “Best Writing by a Team”. In 2016 she returned to CUPSI with Spitshine where they placed 11th nationally. Jasmine also competed in Rustbelt 2016 and will represent UT again in 2017. She is Co-President of the only poetry organization on UT’s campus (Spitshine Poetry), where she leads workshops and organizes open mics. She has been published or is forthcoming in Button Poetry, Write About Now, Monstering Magazine, and Apricity Magazine. She spends her time writing, studying, drawing, singing, and eating.