2nd Annual Flushing Poetry Festival


The 2nd Annual Flushing Poetry Festival (2019法拉盛詩歌節) will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the Queens Public Library in Flushing, NY, from 11 am – 4 pm.  The event celebrates contemporary Chinese poets living overseas, writing in Chinese, and it encourages cross-cultural conversation and translation of poetry from diaspora poets. Winning poetry from the juried competition will be published in a subsequent online publication in Chinese Poetry New York (纽约诗刊).  The event is free and open to the public, and will be in Chinese and English.

The day’s agenda includes an award’s ceremony, a poetry reading, a small poetry book stall and an afternoon panel discussion.

The poetry reading will include a selection of poems in Chinese and English read by invited guests.

The panel discussion includes the following poets and translators: WANG Yu [王渝], YAN Li [嚴力], ZHANG Er [張耳], XIE Jiong [謝炯, Joan Xie], and Denis Mair [梅丹理], and will be moderated by Connie Rosemont.  Panelists will explore challenges translators face – both philosophical and practical, and they will talk about how they navigate the profound difference between the Chinese and English languages, including issues of syntax, sound, meaning, and the written word itself, and the role of translation in promoting cross-literary culture.

Poetry awards will be given in several categories, including a grand prize of $1,000 and a translation prize of $800. All prizes, and sponsorship of the festival itself, are made possible by support from the Iris and Jung Min Le Foundation.

The Flushing Poetry Festival is a 501c3 established in 2018 and the festival itself is a joint project of Flushing Poetry Festival, the online magazine Chinese Poetry New York and the New York Overseas Chinese Writers’ Pen Association. Established to provide a publishing and sharing platform for poetry among overseas Chinese and to facilitate translation and sharing with English-speaking audiences, the Flushing Poetry Festival will translate the award-winning works into English and oversee publication and distribution through Chinese Poetry New York in an effort to better connect this literary world to English readers.


Saturday, April 20, 11 am – 4 pm
Queens Public Library, Flushing Branch
Auditorium & Lower Level Rooms A&B
41-17 Main Street, Flushing NY 11355


Library: http://www.queenslibrary.org/event/2019-flushing-poetry-festival

Flushing Poetry Festival Website: https://www.flushingpoetryfestival.com/

If anyone would like more information or the flyer, email: connie.rosemont@gmail.com

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