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Borderlands and Crossroads: Writing, Racism, and Asian American Life

May 21, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


*All events are FREE, but we do ask that you please register so that we can monitor attendance and venue capacity.*

Three Asian-American authors use their work to discuss the rise in violence toward Asian-Americans while exploring the complex joys and responsibilities of writing and identity. With MICHAEL CROLEY, H’RINA DeTROY, and THIEN-KIM LAM. Hosted by SAYAKA MATSUOKA.

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MICHAEL CROLEY is the author of Any Other Place: Stories, winner of the James Still Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Weatherford Award. He is also the co-editor (with Jack Shuler) of Midland: Reports from Flyover Country. His reporting, stories, and essays have appeared in Esquire, The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, VQR, The Paris Review, Kenyon Review, LitHub, Narrative, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He teaches at Denison University and is on the visiting faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

H’RINA DeTROY is a Montagnard American writer based in Brooklyn. She was the recipient of the 2020 Cafe Royal Cultural Foundation Grant in Literature and a 2019 Emerging Writer Fellowship at Aspen Word in Memoir. Roxane Gay selected her essay entitled “The Vengeance of Elephants” for the 2017 Curt Johnson Prose Prize in Creative Nonfiction for December Magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism and MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College. She’s a teacher and working with the Montagnard Dega Association and the city of Greensboro, she created the ground-breaking workshop, “Apocalypse Never: Writing Our Origin Stories and Imaginative Futures as Montagnard Americans.” A contributing editor for DiaCRITICS, she focuses amplifying Montagnard and other indigenous, ethnic minority voices of Southeast Asian diasporas.

THIEN-KIM LAM writes stories about Vietnamese characters who smash stereotypes and find their happy endings. A recovering Type-Asian, she guzzles cà phê sữa đá, makes art, and bakes her feelings to stay sane. Thien-Kim is also the founder of Bawdy Bookworms, a subscription box that pairs sexy romances with erotic toys. She’s been featured on Jezebel, NPR, BBC America, and Glamour. Her debut novel Happy Endings is now available, and her forthcoming book will be released in 2022.


SAYAKA MATSUOKA is a freelance journalist and managing editor for Triad City Beat, an alternative weekly newspaper based in Greensboro covering the Triad. She was born in NY but raised in Greensboro. She writes mostly for the paper these days, about anything from cultural events and food to right-wing extremism and police brutality.


May 21, 2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Stephen D. Hyers Theater, Greensboro Cultural Center
200 N Davie Street
GREENSBORO, NC 27401 United States


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