Poetry. Asian American Studies. In ADAMANTINE, the poet explores the strength of stone and spirit, disarming hardness to explore the power of the human spirit to transform itself through adversity. Drawn from global news stories, the subjects of these poems range from the tallest man in the world, an Olympic medalist, and a burning monk to a family stranded in the Oregon wilderness. An ongoing investigation of the poet's interest in the visual arts, a suite of poems contemplates the work of Goya, Warhol, Rothko, Cornell, and Calder, as well as master artists and craftsmen from the Eastern traditions.
Author City: SEATTLE, WA USA
Shin Yu Pai is the author of several poetry books, including AUX ARCS (La Alameda Press, 2013), ADAMANTINE (White Pine, 2010), and SIGHTINGS: SELECTED WORKS (2000-2005) (1913 Press, 2007). Her work has been commissioned twice by the Dallas Museum of Art and she is former writer-in-residence for the Seattle Art Museum. A visual artist, she has exhibited her work at the Paterson Museum, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, and the Three Arts Club of Chicago. She is a former curator for The Wittliff Collections and has taught creative writing at Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at Dallas. Shin Yu received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and studied at Naropa University. A recipient of awards from the Arkansas Arts Council, 4Culture, the City of Seattle's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and the Cambridge Arts Council, Shin Yu has completed residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, Taipei Artist Village, Soul Mountain, and is a three-time fellow of The MacDowell Colony. Shin Yu lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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