They Rise Like a Wave is an anthology that captures the dynamic and shifting landscape of Asian American poetry, a poetics that continues to grow and transform, a poetics that continues by breaking boundaries, experimenting with language, and revitalizing a historically narrow and oppressive Western canon. These poems emerge out of this particular political and historical moment–a time when language's challenge to represent the complexities of reality is an aesthetic, political, and moral charge. We hope this anthology serves as an invitation to further conversation, as another way station on this ongoing journey. At this time of reckoning and renewal, let us remember that poetry can be both a reflection of lived experience as well as a call to imagine how to build a better world.
About the Anthology Editors
Author of the poetry collections Sky Country and Birds of Paradise, and co-author of the oral history collection Who You: The Issei. She is an associate professor at Ithaca College where she teaches courses in poetry and Asian American literature. She also teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
Author of Another Way to Split Water, as well as two chapbooks, Hinge and Faces that Fled the Wind, and the collaborative inter-genre work, Second Memory. She is a teaching associate at the University of Cambridge, where she teaches on the creative writing MSt, and she has held postdoctoral positions with the University of Liverpool and with IASH, University of Edinburgh.