September 24, 2015 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Mad. Sq. Reads: Amanda Lee Koe, Jenny Zhang, and Estelle Tang

“Seeking Young Asian Female”

Our second edition of Mad. Sq. Reads will feature three female writers of Asian extraction, born elsewhere but now based in NYC, who do not necessarily write about the Asian/Asian American “experience,” or who seek to write about (or out of their) identity in discursive ways–how does one navigate identity and the way it seeps into writing, controlling its specificity versus its extrapolatability via its personal subjectivity? Tonally fresh and irrepressible, the three will read work drawn from the personal and diaristic, and discuss the trappings of and liberties to be taken with identity.

Amanda Lee Koe is the fiction editor of Esquire Singapore. Born in Singapore and based in New York, her short story collection Ministry of Moral Panic was long listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and won the Singapore Literature Prize. She has written for Asymptote, Guernica, and Manifesta amongst other publications. She is an MFA candidate at Columbia University’s Writing Program where she is working on her first novel.

Amanda will also be joining noted American and Singaporean poets and writers at the launch of UNION an exciting cross-cultural anthology that brings together over 130 writers from Singapore, the US and beyond, including Cultural Medallion and Pulitzer Prize winners. Held at Singapore: Inside Out on September 27, 5:30-6:30pm

Jenny Zhang is the author of the poetry collection Dear Jenny, We Are All Find and the non-fiction chapbook HagsBorn in Shanghai and raised in New York, her fiction, non-fiction and poetry has appeared in BuzzfeedLenny Letter, Poetry, The Hairpin, Dazed, Jezebel, The Guardian, The Iowa Review, Glimmertrain, and elsewhere. She writes for teen girls at Rookie magazine & tweets @jennybagel.

Estelle Tang is a writer, bibliotherapist for The School of Life and literary scout. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, she now lives in New York City. She is a regular contributor to Rookie, and has written for publications including The New Yorker, The Guardian, Pitchfork, Jezebel and Salon. She is currently working on an anthology of writing about race.

Join us in the North end of Mad. Sq. Park on the steps of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Farragut Monument to celebrate these authors!

Mad. Sq. Reads is co-curated by NeueHouse.

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