I am a writer and Taiko drummer working, organizing, and building community in Tkaronto/Toronto. I am queer, genderqueer, mad, and a second-generation diasporic Hong Kong kid. My politics are anti-capitalist, anti-colonial, intersectional feminist, and deeply shaped by disability justice ideas and practices. These identities inform who I write for and who I write from. I came to poetry out of a need to turn trauma into creation. I write now to honour and hold space for my communities.
My method and my subject is obsession. My poems often address celebrity: Taylor Swift, Jodie Foster (my mother’s favourite actress), and Teresa Teng, a beloved Chinese singer, whose sudden death was mourned across Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong. These public figures, along with my own diagnoses of borderline personality disorder, depression, and anxiety, are my entry points into the themes that propel my work: sickness and sexuality, family and migration, care and community.
My artistic practice is inextricable from my practice as a community organizer in queer/trans, environmental justice, and disability justice spaces. In all of those spaces, I am both an individual and part of a collective. In my work, I wrestle continually with these questions: what impact does my writing have on the people I am writing for? And how can I write about shared trauma and grief in a way that heals, or bears witness, without doing further harm to my communities?
I am the poetry editor for Hematopoeisis Press and a Winter Tangerine Creative Associate. I recently advised a writing workshop called “To Carry Within Us An Orchard, To Eat”, an online workshop for Asian diasporic writers on food, rituals, and belonging. My first chapbook, haunt, is published with Damaged Goods Press, and my first full length collection, sick (winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award) is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press. My writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and published in The Margins, Yes Poetry, BOAAT, Nat. Brut, The Shade Journal, and elsewhere. I am invested in using my arts practices — namely writing and drumming — as an avenue to build power and community across generations, with other sick/disabled queer and trans people of colour.