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Amherst College, Vi Khi Nao: A Reading and Conversation
April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDTFree
Vi Khi Nao is an interdisciplinary artist who works in multiple and interchangeable mediums. Her work includes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, performance, film and cross-genre collaboration. Her drawings have appeared in literary journals such as NOON and The Adirondack Review. Her video, digital, and literary installations have been exhibited at the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts in Providence in Rhode Island and in the largest exhibition halls for contemporary art in Europe, Malmö Konsthall, in Sweden. She is the author of six poetry collections: Fish Carcass (Black Sun Lit, 2022), A Bell Curve Is a Pregnant Straight Line (11:11 Press, 2021), Human Tetris (11:11 Press, 2019) Sheep Machine (Black Sun Lit, 2018), Umbilical Hospital (Press 1913, 2017), The Old Philosopher (winner of the Nightboat Prize for 2014), & of the short stories collection, A Brief Alphabet of Torture (winner of the 2016 FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize), the novel, Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016). Her first play, Waiting for God, is out of Apocalypse Party in January 2022. She was the Fall 2019 fellow at the Black Mountain.
“In this jagged and unforgettable work, Vi Khi Nao takes on a domestic story of losing one’s children and elevates it to Greek tragedy. Refusing sentimentality and realism, she shows how personal devastation can feel, to the sufferer, as powerful and enduring as myth.”
—Viet Thanh Nguyen on Fish in Exile
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26TH • 7:00 PM
CHI THINK TANK (FROST LIBRARY, 2ND FLOOR)
The Amherst College Center for Creative Writing holds a Fall and Spring Reading Series every year, with all events free and open to the public.