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SALT + BONE Reading

SALT+BONE reaches the west coast!

A suggested donation of $3-5 for this event will help offset costs of travel. Thank you! ♥


One day, a king demands his daughters to express their love for him through metaphor. A daughter writes, “I love you like salt.” “Here,” the father says, banishing her to the bottom of the ocean, “you will never run out of salt.” After all, what is salt but a capacity to wound? 

In SALT+BONE: A Reading Tour, poets Muriel Leung and Grace Shuyi Liew travel across the South/West to share poetry that showcases the wateriness of identity, how bones morph to survive undersea, and how to emerge out of liminal spaces as two queer Asian American women who dwell in all the spaces in between. At this reading, they will be joined by poets Kazumi Chin and Michelle Lin. 


Muriel Leung is from Queens, NY. Her writing can be found or is forthcoming in The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, Ghost Proposal, Jellyfish Magazine, inter|rupture, and others. She is a recipient of a Kundiman fellowship and is a regular contributor to The Blood-Jet Writing Hour poetry podcast. She is also a poetry reader for Apogee Journal. She will attend USC's PhD program in Creative and Literature in the fall. Her first book Bone Confetti is forthcoming from Noemi Press in October 2016.

Grace Shuyi Liew is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Prop (Ahsahta) and Book of Interludes (Anomalous). Her work was chosen by Vancouver Poetry House as one of “Ten Best Poems of 2015.” Her poetry has been published in West Branch, cream city review, Puerto del Sol, and others, and she is a contributing editor for Waxwing. Grace grew up all over Malaysia and currently resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Kazumi Chin is the author of Having a Coke with Godzilla (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). His work has appeared in GlitterMob, HEArt, Split This Rock’s Poem of the Week series, and elsewhere. His blog, GODZILIANA H8S UR COLONIAL BS can be found at When he grows up, he wants to be Ariana Grande.

Michelle Lin is the author of A House Made of Water (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). Her latest poems can be found in HEArt, Apogee, Powder Keg Magazine, and more. She has taught for the LEAPS summer program, Gluck Fellows Program for the Arts, Young Writer’s Institute, and the University of Pittsburgh. She has edited for journals Hot Metal Bridge, B.E. Quarterly, Mosaic, and now serves as Poetry Reader for Twelfth House Journal.