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|Justin Chin Tribute|
|Date||Thursday September 08|
|Time||7:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
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City Lights Bookstore,
261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco CA
|Organizer/Author||City Lights Bookstore|
celebrating the release of
Justin Chin: Selected Works
edited by Jenifer Joseph, with commentary by R. Zamora Linmark, Michelle Tea, Tim Liu, and Lois-Ann Yamanakafrom Manic D Press
Hosted by Jennifer Joseph with colleagues & writers who will be reading Justin's work: Kevin Killian (Spreadeagle) and Rabih Alameddine (An Unnecessary Woman), filmmaker Henry Machtay, Larry-Bob Roberts (The International Homosexual Conspiracy), Thea Hillman (Intersex (For Lack of a Better Word)), Maw Shein Win (Ruins of a Glittering Palace), Alvin Orloff (Why Aren't You Smiling?), and Daphne Gottlieb (15 Ways to Stay Alive).
Justin Chin's fearless and fierce voice was resolute in relating his worldview, whether directly or through metaphorical language. As a queer Asian American, born and raised in Southeast Asia within a devoutly Christian, ethnically Chinese family of medical professionals, Chin's early life experience informed his writing and framed his point of view. In his literary works, the seemingly conflicted duality of existence is paramount: sacred and profane, saints and sinners, health and illness, hope and despair, life and death. His works also explore his experience of living with HIV, which progressed into AIDS in his final years.
This unique collection of Chin's literary legacy will serve as both a primer for those new to his works, as well as a loving tribute by those writers who knew him and his work best. Notable literary figures pay tribute to the poet/writer with personal commentaries on works selected from his seven books.
Among many others, contributing writers include R. Zamora Linmark (Rolling the R's), Michelle Tea (How To Grow Up), Timothy Liu (Don't Go Back To Sleep), and Lois-Ann Yamanaka (Night at the Pahala Theatre).
Justin Chin (1969-2015) was the award-winning author of four poetry books, two essay collections, one book each of short fiction, and text-based performance art works. His writing appeared in literary magazines, including Beloit Poetry Journal, and anthologies, including American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon). He taught at UC Santa Cruz and at San Francisco State University. He was a recipient of fellowships and grants from the California Arts Council, Djerassi Foundation, Franklin Furnace Fund, PEN American Center, and PEN Center USA West, among others.