Gathering the Ancestors: A Reading and Conversation with Shelley Wong

27jul3:00 pm5:00 pmGathering the Ancestors: A Reading and Conversation with Shelley Wong

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Fourth-generation Chinese American poet Shelley Wong will share new work as part of her second book project, reflecting on the immigration journeys of her eight great-grandparents. Her great-grandmother Wong Lon Ying, was trafficked into Butte as a slave girl for a wealthy Chinese merchant in the 1890s, residing at 21 W. Galena. With the help of a local Butte mission woman who taught them English, the merchant’s wife and Lon Ying were rescued by a woman who brought them to the famous San Francisco Presbyterian Mission Home run by Donaldina Cameron in 1902.  Following the reading, there will be a Q&A session and a book signing. Shelley is the July artist-in-residence at Dear Butte.
Bio: Shelley Wong is the author of As She Appears, which was longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award for Poetry and a winner of a 2023 Lambda Literary Award. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry ReviewBest American PoetryKenyon Review, and New England Review, among others. She has received fellowships and support from MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Headlands Center for the Arts, and Vermont Studio Center. Born and raised in Long Beach, California, she is fourth-generation Chinese American and lives in San Francisco.



July 27, 2024 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm(GMT+00:00)


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17 W Mercury St

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