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Friday, November 11, 2022 | 4:00PM-5:30PM | SOS 250 | RSVP

EASC Guest Speaker Series: Marylyn Tan and Brian Bernards

Queer, female, and Chinese, Marylyn Tan is a linguistics graduate, poet, and artist who has been performing and disappointing since 2014. Her work trades in the conventionally vulgar, radically pleasurable, and unsanctioned, striving to emancipate and restore the alienated, endangered body. Tan is the poetry reader for Singapore Unbound, founder of multidisciplinary arts collective DIS/CONTENT (hellodiscontent.carrd.com), and can be found in her habitat at instagr.am/marylyn.orificial or facebook.com/mrylyn. She lives in Singapore.

In 2020, this debut volume [Gaze Back] shocked Singapore’s literary world by winning the country’s premier English-language poetry prize, making its then twenty-seven-year-old author the first woman to ever win the award. Moreover, it is not a polite book. It is an instruction book, a grimoire, a call to insurrection to wrest power back from the social structures that serve to restrict, control, and distribute it among those few privileged above the disenfranchised. It is a poetic call to arms.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Transpacific Studies, East Asian Languages   and Cultures Department and the East Asian Studies Center.

(Photo Credit: Rikei Caraphina )

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