Poets in Pajamas Presents our May 2021 Readers

Sundress Publications is pleased to present Poets in Pajamas (PiP), a free, bi-monthly reading series run through Facebook Live that encourages worldwide literary connection by attending a virtual reading from the comfort of your pajamas. Poets read from their work for around fifteen minutes and welcome questions from the audience after the reading.

Our episodes for May will feature Jasmine An (May 16th) and Shannon Pulusan (May 30th) and will air on Facebook Live at 7:00 PM ET.

Jasmine An comes from the Midwest. Her writing can be found in Black Warrior Review’s Boyfriend Village, Michigan Quarterly ReviewNat. BrutWaxwing, and Best New Poets 2020. She is author of two chapbooks of poetry: Naming the No-Name Woman (Two Sylvias Press, 2016) and Monkey Was Here (Porkbelly Press, 2020) and Poetry Editor at Agape Editions. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Michigan.

RSVP to PiP 112: Jasmine An here!

Shannon Pulusan is currently a poetry candidate at Rutgers Newark’s MFA program. She reviews poetry as an editorial assistant for Flock, teaches poetry for NJPAC’s City Verses, and draws round-faced characters with triangle noses and pepperoni cheeks under the name moonmemo. Her work has been featured in Bridge Eight, Entropy, Talon Review, and more.

RSVP to PiP 113: Shannon Pulusan here!

Project Bookshelf: Jasmine An

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My bedroom used to be in the family library. When I moved upstairs into my sister’s old room, I left the geology textbooks, Chinese language learning picture books, and copy of Shakespeare’s 1623 folio behind. I brought with me a crate full of old field guides where I carefully identified and sketched flora and fauna in Thailand, Karen Tei Yamashita’s brilliantly weird collection on cyborgian Asian-America (complete with the story of the chicken who sang Madame Butterfly and a toaster sex scene), Pierre Bourdieu’s book of theory I used to write my undergrad thesis, my favorite gay fantasy novel, and a wonderfully dry translation of Journey To The West (the literary home of Sun Wukong, my monkey muse). The hammock in the bottom right crate is particularly useful for enhancing the reading experience.

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Jasmine An is a queer, Chinese-American who comes from the Midwest. A 2015 graduate of Kalamazoo College, she has also lived in New York City and Chiang Mai, Thailand, studying poetry, urban development, and blacksmithing. Her chapbook, Naming the No-Name Woman, was selected as the winner of the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize and is forthcoming in February 2016. Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in HEArt Online, Stirring, Heavy Feather Review, and Southern Humanities Review. Her soulmate and forever muse is Sun Wukong, the Monkey King. As of 2016, she can be found in Chiang Mai continuing her study of the Thai language.

Meet Our Newest Intern, Jasmine An

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Hello!

I am thrilled to be joining the Sundress team as the Editorial Intern for Agape Editions.

I am a poet that began her writing life as a fiction writer. A younger version of me happily completed four years of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) before my prose started shrinking and splicing, until the present day where the thought of trying to write 50,000 words of continuous narrative in a single November seems like a wonderful joke.

In my own writing, I obsess over haunting, mythology, and inheritance. I am fascinated by literary psychoanalysis and Sun Wukong the Monkey King. Much of my work revolves around Chinese-Americanness and the Midwest.

When I’m not writing, I enjoy stabbing people with blunt, flexible swords in the sport of fencing. I have also competed in olympic style archery (recurve only, compound bows are cheating) and rode horses for about ten years. Childhood dreams of knighthood die hard.

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Jasmine An is a queer, Chinese-American who comes from the Midwest. A 2015 graduate of Kalamazoo College, she has also lived in New York City and Chiang Mai, Thailand, studying poetry, urban development, and blacksmithing. Her chapbook, Naming the No-Name Woman, was selected as the winner of the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize and is forthcoming in February 2016. Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in HEArt Online, Stirring, Heavy Feather Review, and Southern Humanities Review. Her soulmate and forever muse is Sun Wukong, the Monkey King. As of 2016, she can be found in Chiang Mai continuing her study of the Thai language.