The Heart's Traffic (Arktoi/Red Hen, 2009). Told through a kaleidoscopic braid of stories, letters, and riddles, this novel-in-poems follows Xiaomei's life as she grows into her sexuality and searches for a way to deal with her complicated histories. At times, meditation, celebration, investigation, and elegy, The Heart's Traffic is about personal transformation within the context of a family forced to make do and how one might create new language to name the New World.
Ching-In Chen has come out to unsettle the poetry stage with a debut collection that shimmers with fierceness and 'sunslickstarfight.'
A magic language sorceress power-kit. A border-breaking, time-bending, space-burning, herstory-making work. Number one, if there were numbers.
—Juan Felipe Herrera
...this is a poet and a poetry of steadfast innovation and depth.
Aside from my blog (Sunslick Starfish) where I will be posting poems, prose, and news, my work can be found online at the links below.
For a complete list: Ching-In Chen's CV (pdf file)