November is the busiest month of HK's literary year. My panels at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival with Dorothy Tse ("Imagination Beyond Genre") and Tammy Ho Lai Ming, Nicholas Wong, and James Shea ("Four Poets in Hong Kong") were excellent, and I learned a lot during both of them.
The CityU MFA Programme's final mini-residency brought Suzanne Paola, Sybil Baker, Rob Magnuson Smith, and Pulitzer finalist Eowyn Ivey to CityU for a weekend. They're all fantastic readers, and I've got some new fiction to carry me through the rest of the year. It was also really nice to say hi one last time to all the MFAers--I will miss them. RIP, MFA Programme.
This week I'll read with the International Writers Workshop poets at HKBU: Bidisha, from the UK, Alecia McKenzie from Jamaica, Mariko Nagai from Japan, and Oumar Farouk Sesay from Sierra Leone. Tammy, Nic, and James, as well as Kate Rogers, will also read: HK poets galore!
The next day I'll head to HKU to hear Li-Young Lee read. His "The Rose" was one of the first books I ever taught in a poetry class, so it will be particularly nice to hear him in person.
And the end of the month brings Bei Dao's International Poetry Nights, the highlight of which for me will be hearing, and hopefully meeting, Peter Cole and Kim Hyesoon. My Juked co-editor Michael Barach interviewed Peter Cole for this year's print issue--a nice coincidence that he'll be visiting Hong Kong!