Cathy Park Hong

Cathy Park Hong

GENRE
Poetry
AFFILIATION
Alumnus
TIME IN IOWA CITY
2001 - 2003
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Audio

Cathy Park Hong and Joyelle McSweeney reading, Live from Prairie Lights


Location
Prairie Lights Bookstore
15 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City Iowa

Poets Cathy Park Hong and Joyelle McSweeney read from their newest collections. Cathy Park Hong reads from Engine Empire, a trilogy of lyric and narrative poems —three distinct yet interconnected sequences— that explore the collective consciousness of fictionalized boomtowns in order to explore the mythology of prosperity. Cathy Park Hong is the author of Translating Mo’um, winner of the Pushcart Prize, and Dance Dance Revolution, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize. She lives in New York and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

Place

Cathy Park Hong at the Workshop 75th Anniversary Panel


Location
The Englert Theater
221 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240

During the Iowa Writers’ Workshop 75th Anniversary and reunion in 2011, Cathy Park Hong spo0ke on a panel “What is the New Avant Garde?”

In it, the presenters illustrated the stakes of the debate of sequestering workshops in English Department. Two of the younger presenters, Cathy Park Hong and Jonathan Thirkield, did so unintentionally. Both looked at the conditions and context for the creation of the previous avant garde through a lens that was heavily influenced by identity theory and postmodernism, to arrive (if tentatively) at what amounted to the same assumption, which was that a new avant garde would probably have some influence on technology but they were not entirely sure yet what it would be. Both had bright and intriguing insights about the types of societal repressions that a new avant garde might resist.


Doyle, Shawn Patrick. “WHY IOWA? BECAUSE . . .” Rain Taxi, 2011, www.raintaxi.com/why-iowa-because/.

Audio

Joyelle McSweeney and Cathy Park Hong reading, Live From Prairie Lights


Location
Prairie Lights Bookstore
15 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City Iowa

Joyelle McSweeney reads from her collection of poems The Red Bird. Cathy Park Hong reads from her first book Translating Mo’um.

Cathy Park Hong, author of Translating Mo’um, (Hanging Loose Press, 2002); Dance Dance Revolution (W.W. Norton, 2007) and Engine Empire (W.W. Norton, 2012), earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2003. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the NEA. She is an associate professor at Sarah Lawrence College and faculty at the Queens MFA program in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Image Credit: Cybele Knowles