Manhattan College’s Major Authors Reading Series Hosts Poet Tina Chang on April 19

Tina Chang, poet laureate of Brooklyn and author of Half-Lit Houses, will present a poetry reading at Manhattan College’s Major Authors Reading Series (M.A.R.S.) on Tuesday, April 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the O’Malley Library Alumni Room followed by a discussion.

Tina Chang, poet laureate of Brooklyn and author of Half-Lit Houses, will present a poetry reading at Manhattan College’s Major Authors Reading Series (M.A.R.S.) on Tuesday, April 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the O’Malley Library Alumni Room followed by a discussion. The event is sponsored by the College’s English department and the school of arts, and is open to the public.

“I was thrilled to appoint Tina Chang, and she has truly embraced the role of Brooklyn’s first woman poet laureate,” said Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn borough president, who picked Chang as poet laureate in 2010 with the help of a committee. “She has dedicated her life to poetry, and as the daughter of Chinese immigrants, and part of an extended family whose members come from places like Haiti, Latin America and the Middle East, Tina is the perfect poetic ambassador to our diverse communities.”

Chang is co-editor of the anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond, and her poems have been published by American Poet, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, Quarterly West and Sonora Review. Her work was also anthologizedin Identity Lessons, Poetry Nation, Asian American Literature, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation, From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems and in Poetry 30: Poets in Their Thirties.

In addition to currently teaching poetry at Sarah Lawrence, Chang’s new book Of Gods & Strangers will be released later this year.

For more information about the poetry reading at Manhattan College, contact David Eye, visiting assistant professor of English, by e-mail at david.eye@manhattan.edu or phone (718) 862-7921.