Poetry. Art. Asian American Studies. Shin Yu Pai's poetry combines bare sensitivity and precision critique. In SIGHTINGS: SELECTED WORKS [2000-2005] she skillfully brings together four different poetic approaches to draw attention to the language of the commonplace and innervate tensions in the social familiar. Each project is drafted with a deft sense of position and line. Shin Yu Pai's poems are concrete objects of concern. Her eye for detail incises the subterranean erotics of gymnasiums, mass transit, and grocery stores. She transports the reader into the fissures of somatic displacement that scar the surface of everyday life. In SIGHTINGS, Shin Yu Pai delivers a rare optic, one capable of uncanny reflection and conveying the immediacy of feeling"—David Michalski.
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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. Author City: SEATTLE, WA USA