Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 3:00pm
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005

In partnership with OCA Greater Houston

Bao Phi will be in conversation with Texas Review Poetry Editor Ching-In Chen

Thousand Star Hotel, was published by Coffee House Press on July 5, 2017, of which the Chicago Review of Books wrote “this is a different kind of poetry, a volume written by an experienced orator who understands how to tell a story. These poems don’t happen, they elapse. They add on to a story that isn’t yet over.”

Thousand Star Hotel confronts the silence around racism, police brutality, and the invisibility of the Asian American urban poor.

Bao Phi is a multiple Minnesota Grand Slam poetry champ and National Poetry Slam finalist who has been on HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and whose work was included in the Best American Poetry anthology of 2006. He is the author of Sông I Sing and is currently the Program Director of the Loft Literary Center.

Recently Bao was named by Minneapolis Monthly as Best Author 2016, and an Artist of the Year and Author of the Year by City Pages, 2017 and 2018.

His first children’s book, A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, was published by Capstone Press in August of 2017. A Different Pond earned six starred reviews, a Caldecott Honor, as well as the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and more.

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart's Traffic (Arktoi/Red Hen Press, 2009) and recombinant (Kelsey Street Press, 2017). Born of Chinese immigrants, they are a Kundiman, Lambda, Callaloo and Watering Hole Fellow and a member of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundations writing communities.They currently teach creative writing at Sam Houston State University, where they are a poetry editor for the Texas Review.

Thousand Star Hotel Cover Image
By Bao Phi
ISBN: 9781566894708
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - July 4th, 2017

A Different Pond (Fiction Picture Books) Cover Image
By Bao Phi, Thi Bui (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781623708030
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Capstone Young Readers - August 1st, 2017

Recombinant Cover Image
ISBN: 9780932716866
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Kelsey Street Press - March 1st, 2017