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Ward Toward by Cindy Juyoung Ok & Root Fractures by Diana Khoi Nguyen

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

On Saturday, April 27th at 6pm, join Massy Arts, Massy Books, Yale University Press, and Scribner in celebrating the dual launches of Ward Toward by Cindy Juyoung Ok & Root Fractures by Diana Khoi Nguyen, with host Bronwen Tate.

This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été rendu possible grâce au gouvernement du Canada.

Venue & Accessibility

The event will be hosted at the Massy Arts Gallery, at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver. We are located in the former MING WO building.

Registration is free and required for entrance. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ward-toward-by-cindy-juyoung-ok-root-fractures-by-diana-khoi-nguyen-tickets-872977598497?aff=oddtdtcreator

The gallery is wheelchair accessible and a gender-neutral washroom is on-site.

Please refrain from wearing scents or heavy perfumes.

For more on accessibility including parking, seating, venue measurements and floor plan, and how to request ASL interpretation please visit: massyarts.com/accessibility

Covid Protocols: Masks keep our community safe and are mandatory (N95 masks are recommended as they offer the best protection). We ask if you are showing symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.

About the books:

Ward Toward (Yale University Press, March 5, 2024)
In the 118th volume in the Yale Series of Younger Poets, Ok moves assuredly between spaces—from the psych ward to a prison cell, from divided cities to separated countries. Ok plumbs connections between institutions of constraint, ward to ward, and the role of language, word to word, as she uncovers not only confinement but hope, humor, and connection. Positing that it is not a person’s character or will that makes survival possible, but luck, and other people, this energizing debut breaks language to find the fissures where it can be re-assembled into a new reality.

Root Fractures (Scribner, January 30, 2024)
Diana Khoi Nguyen’s second poetry collection is a haunting of a family’s past upon its present and a frank reckoning with how loss and displacement transform mothers and daughters. Root Fractures excavates the moments of rupture in a family: a mother who was forced underground after the Fall of Saigon, a father who engineered a new life in California, a brother who cut himself out of every family picture before cutting himself out of their lives entirely. This astonishing second collection embellishes what is broken in a family’s legacy so that it can be seen in a new light.

About the authors:

Cindy Juyoung Ok is the author of Ward Toward, selected for the Yale Younger Poets Prize by Rae Armantrout. She is a former high school science teacher and current Kenyon Review fellow teaching poetry at Kenyon College. A MacDowell fellow, she also edits and translates poetry.

A poet and multimedia artist, Diana Khoi Nguyen is the author of Ghost Of (2018) which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Root Fractures (2024). Her video work has recently been exhibited at the Miller Institute for Contemporary Art. Nguyen is a Kundiman fellow and member of the Vietnamese artist collective, She Who Has No Master(s). A recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and winner of the 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest and 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, she currently teaches in the Randolph College Low-Residency MFA and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

About the host:

Bronwen Tate teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Her debut poetry collection The Silk the Moths Ignore, National Winner of the 2019 Hillary Gravendyk Prize, is forthcoming from Inlandia Institute. A citizen of the Chickasaw nation, Bronwen received an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Stanford University. She is the author of seven poetry chapbooks, and her poems and essays have appeared in venues including Denver Quarterly, Bennington Review, and the Journal of Modern Literature. Her work has been supported by Stanford’s DARE (Diversifying Academia Recruiting Excellence) Fellowship, as well as by fellowships from the Stanford Humanities Center and Vermont Studio Center. 


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