Poetry. Asian American Studies. XING is about fraught crossings: East versus West, doubt versus belief, conformity versus individuality, the external world versus the internal one. These haunting, startling poems re-cast the world as we think we know it into playfully offbeat and idiosyncratic new molds. Using an array of idiosyncratic voices—an answering machine, a Sixties sanitation worker, a post-war refugee, a marionette, and the head and body of a mannequin, to name just a few—Kuan reinvents the speaker's voice as an entity that is unfixed, fragmented, peripatetic, and endlessly pleasurable to hear.
Debora Kuan is the author of the poetry collection XING. Her writing has appeared in The Awl, The Baffler, Brooklyn Rail, Fence, The Iowa Review, Art in America, Artforum, Modern Painters, and other publications. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the CUNY Writers' Institute, she has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, Macdowell, and the Santa Fe Art Institute. She is currently Director of English Language Arts assessment design and development at the College Board and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA