Poet Ann Huang’s Public Reading and Book Signing in AWP, Seattle Feb 26 - March 1, 2014

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Finishing Line Press Poetry Reading and Book Signing

From her very real multiculturalism and multilingualism, from a deep understanding of Freud and Jung, Huang makes the surreal circumstance and reality of one's life palpable and real.

Finishing Line Press (FLP) features the first appearance of public reading and book signing events in AWP. Ann Huang’s Love Rhythms will host a public signing event at 3:00pm on February 27, 2014, at FLP Table B14. Huang will also give a public reading at AWP among four other FLP featured poets.

Ann Huang is a recent graduate of the MFA program in poetry for writers at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Huang is a poet whose biographical circumstances both shape her life and her language. Having lived in China, Mexico and the US, Huang carries with her a distinctive worldly sense of self. Her newer manuscript of poems, Whaling Season, is a testament to Huang’s lyrical gift. “She needs poetry like water,” her teacher at VCFA, Ralph Angel, has remarked. And Angel goes on to describe her manuscript, Whaling Season, as comprised of “poems of her wildly understated, deeply aloof, psychologically complex, surreally personal” self. Huang’s tendency toward, and identification with, Surrealism is reflected in her personal account of what it feels like to be alive today.

Richard Jackson introduced her to the MFA graduation reading early this month, “She is a poet who can both think and feel in a wonderfully elliptical poetry, what Robert Bly calls ‘leaping poetry.‘ In that respect, she puts together images that rub against each other like pieces of flint -- as she says in ‘Chasing the Moon’ --

Everything gets lost
under a lovely moon
or the air outside one’s soul

What: Finishing Line Press Poetry Reading at AWP Seattle
When: February 28, 2014 Friday; 12:00pm to 1:15pm
Where: Robert Muroff Bookfair Stage, Washington State Convention Ctr, Level 4
More info: https://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/event_detail/2179

About Finishing Line Press
Finishing Line Press is a poetry publisher dedicated to providing a place for today’s poets since 1998 and is based in Cincinnati, Ohio and Georgetown, Kentucky. In addition to the Poetry Chapbook Series, it publishes the New Women’s Voices Series and sponsors the Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Competition. Finishing Line Press and editor Leah Maines were features in both the 2001 and 2002 Poet’s Markets.

About the Author
Ann Huang was born in Shanghai, China and moved to Mexico when she was a teen. She graduated from Baruch College of the City University of New York cum laude and is a recent graduate of the MFA program in poetry for writers at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has studied with Jean Valentine and Ralph Angel among others. Her first chapbook collection Love Rhythms was published in October 2012 by Finishing Line Press, and was noted by Orange County Metro. Her poem “I Left the Radio On” was published last year at http://www.EveryWritersResource.com. Her more recent poems “Harmonica” and “Summer Fields” are forthcoming in Blue Fifth Review this October.

Media contacts:
Ann Huang, author, rhythms(at)AnnYuHuang(dot)com, 949.280.5290
Leah Maines, publisher of Finishing Line Press, leahmaines(at)aol(dot)com, 502.316.5105, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4558801/

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