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WVU Humanities Center to host poet Lisa Kwong, author of “Becoming AppalAsian”

Lisa Kwong

The WVU Humanities Center is proud to announce its 2023-2024 Appalachian Writer of Color, Lisa Kwong, will read from her creative work on Monday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Milano Room, Downtown Library.

“Lisa’s work is homage to land and to family, and to having fidelity to more than one place,” WVU Humanities Center Director Renée Nicholson said. “Poetry is the perfect medium for her interconnected interests in language and identity.”

Kwong is the author of “Becoming AppalAsian (Glass Lyre Press, 2022) and a member of the Affrilachian Poets. Born and raised in Radford, Virginia, Kwong identifies as AppalAsian, an Asian from Appalachia. A first-generation college student, she earned her bachelor’s in English from Appalachian State University and holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Indiana University (IU).

Her poem “Searching for Wonton Soup” was Sundress Publications’ 2019 Poetry Broadside Contest Winner, and her work has been nominated for the Weatherford Award in Poetry, Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Her poems have appeared in About Place Journal, Women Speak, Best New Poets, A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Still: The Journal, Naugatuck River Review, Appalachian Heritage, Pluck!, The Sleuth and other publications.

Kwong is also a multidisciplinary educator. She has taught courses in Asian American studies, creative writing, English composition and student success at IU and Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington, Ind.

Kwong’s visit is also sponsored by WVU’s Mountaineer Week.