Choir, Live With Eugene Lim, Donald Breckenridge, Anelise Chen, Lisa Chen, and Danny Tunick

Sunday, September 24, 2023, 3–4pm

About the event

315 Maujer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206

This reading is free to attend. RSVP here.

On the final day of Sung Tieu’s Infra-Specter, writer Eugene Lim is joined by Anelise Chen, Danny Tunick, Donald Breckenridge, and Lisa Chen in an in-gallery performative reading of Choir, a text that brings together ten ranting, delusional, and hallucinatory voices that arise from the exhibition’s underbelly.

This live reading primarily engages Sung’s new commission, Liability Infrastructure (2023) in Gallery 932 Grand, and is directed by Eugene Lim.

Choir, Live is co-organized by Amant and Wendy’s Subway and is part of Amant’s Ear to the Ground program series.

About Choir

Choir is a newly commissioned text that marks the launch of Long Take, a new tri-annual series of creative writing co-published by Wendy’s Subway and Amant, taking its initial prompts from Amant’s exhibition and public events program.

About the readers

Anelise Chen was born in Taipei and moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1990. She earned her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and her M.F.A. from NYU. She is now Director of Undergraduate Studies in Creative Writing at Columbia University, where she teaches fiction. Chen is the author of So Many Olympic Exertions (Kaya Press), a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. She is a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 Awardee. Her essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications such as The New York TimesNPRThe AtlanticBeliever MagazineBOMB, and Conjunctions. She has received residencies and fellowships from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Blue Mountain Center, Banff Centre, the Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. Her next book, Clam Down (One World Random House), based on her mollusk column for the Paris Review, will be published in 2025. She lives in New Haven with her family.

Danny Tunick performs and conducts music ranging from Pierre Boulez to hardcore punk. His performances in the rock, jazz, and experimental and classical music genres have been recorded and released on over forty record labels. He is currently most often seen performing in a dress with the band Sugarlife. Mr. Tunick would like to express his gratitude to Eugene Lim for the innumerable opportunities which Mr. Lim has granted him in this life.

Donald Breckenridge has written five novels including And Then (Black Sparrow Press 2017) and As It Falls (Ellipsis Press 2023), he has edited two fiction anthologies, and introduced the NYRB Classics edition of Henri Duchemin and His Shadows by Emmanuel Bove. He was the fiction editor of The Brooklyn Rail for nineteen years, and co-founded and co-edited InTranslation. He is currently working on a new novel.

Eugene Lim is the author of Choir and of the novels Fog & CarThe StrangersDear Cyborgs, and Search History. He works as a school librarian, runs Ellipsis Press, and lives in Queens, New York.

Lisa Hsiao Chen is the author of Mouth (Kaya Press) and Activities of Daily Living (W.W. Norton), a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel and Gotham Book Prize and selected by The New YorkerVogue, and Publishers Weekly as a Best Book of 2022. She is the co-founder with Eugene Lim of the Tehching Hsieh Free Thinking Group. Born in Taipei, she now lives in Brooklyn.


Brainstorm – Sept 22nd

Friday, September 22nd
Pete’s Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY

BRAINSTORM is a reading series organized by grad students from the Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation. With special guests John Weir, Briallen Hopper, and recent recipients of the Louis Armstrong House Museum & Archives Residency Program.

Hear writers you know, meet writers you might like to know, and perhaps be introduced to your future favorite author.


Eugene Lim: Off the Page

The MFA Program is so proud to welcome this year’s visiting professor, novelist Eugene Lim, with a reading from his own work. Following will be a conversation with MFA alum Kaz Uy, and a reception in the lobby of the Music Building.

This event will be both in person and broadcast over Zoom, so I hope you will join us!

DATE: Oct 3
Choral Room, Music Building
Reception to Follow

MEETING ID: 797 375 6638


Eugene Lim is a Visiting Associate Professor in English and the MFA
Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens
College. He is the author of four novels: Fog & Car (2008), The Strangers (2013), Dear Cyborgs (2017), Search History (2021) and the chapbook The Basement Food Court of Forking Paths
(2020). His writings have appeared in such journals as The New Yorker, The Believer, Granta, and Fence. Honors include a book award from the Association of Asian American Studies and Big
Other’s 2021 Award for Fiction. He runs Ellipsis Press, known for publishing innovative fiction.

Kaz Uy is a trans writer who spent his childhood in the Philippines and earned an MFA in creative writing from Queens College. His writing shows his love for finality, horror, and the magic in the mundane. He can be found on Instagram: @cryptypical.

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Kimiko Hahn Wins Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

We are so thrilled to share that our own Kimiko Hahn is this year’s winner of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the lifetime achievement award from the Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine!

Presented annually, it is one of the most prestigious awards given to American poets and one of the nation’s largest literary prizes. Congratulations, Kimiko!!! This is well deserved!

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MFA Events – Fall 2023

We’re getting ready for a brand new semester with not just classes but a whole lineup of events for your literary pleasure!

Come out to Queens and learn more about publishing, creative nonfiction, black solidarity, and more!

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Sonia Arora: Two Poems

MFA student Sonia Arora is starting off the semester on a high note, with two poems being published: one in Shadowplay, and the other in the brand-new September issue of Elysium Review.

Shadowplay is a print journal, available for purchase on Amazon, but you can read Sonia’s poem in Elysium right here:

Congratulations, Sonia!

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Brainstorm – Tuesday, August 29 at 7:00pm

Tuesday, August 29 at 7:00pm

BRAINSTORM is a reading series organized by grad students from the Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation. Tonight, they present work by legendary (think Rashomon) Japanese writer Akutagawa in a new translation by Lisa Hofmann-Kuroda and Allison Markin Powell. Joining them are William Pagdatoon and Leor Stylar, whose works are thoroughly unlike, and yet, aligned in risk-taking strategies.

709 Lorimer Street
The Williamsburg section of Brooklyn
=>> G to Nassau or L/G to Metropolitan-Lorimer

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Beyond the Barbie Dream House: Nicole Cooley

If you enjoyed the Barbie movie, you’ll love this piece by our own Nicole Cooley about Dream Houses and miniatures that’s just come out in The Guardian!

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New Louis Armstrong Center

We are so excited about the opening of the Louis Armstrong House Museum‘s new Louis Armstrong Center, which will house a 60,000-piece archive across the street from where Armstrong himself lived, in Corona, Queens.

We’re very familiar with this archive over at QC: We’ve been partnering with the LAHM for over a decade on a fellowship that allows our MFA in Creative Writing students to gain access to these materials so that they can create new writing projects based on their new insights into Armstrong’s life.

Ultimately, we’re so happy that everyone can see more of these items–homemade tape recordings, scrapbook photo collages, pages and pages of notes. Louis Armstrong is an American icon, and now the people can spend even more time with Louis!

We’re happy this Center is getting the national attention it deserves! If you want to read more (or listen) about this news, you can check out the story on NPR:

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Welcome to Our New Visiting Professor Eugene Lim

Eugene Lim is the author of the four novels Fog & Car(2008), The Strangers(2013), Dear Cyborgs (2017), Search History (2021) and the chapbook “The Basement Food Court of Forking Paths” (2020). His writings have appeared in such journals as The New Yorker, The Believer, Granta, Fence. Honors include a book award from the Association of Asian American Studies and Big Other’s 2021 Award for Fiction. He runs Ellipsis Press, known for publishing innovative fiction. 

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