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Exploring the World of Asian American Poets!

Exploring the World of Asian American Poets! In-Person

Join us for a full immersion into the Asian American culture at the Houston Public Library!

Enjoy a wonderful poetry reading and panel discussion moderated by Houston's second Poet Laureate Robin Davidson featuring: 

  • Bao-Long Chu
  • Rohan Chhetri
  • Weijia Pan

With a special reading of the poem “Homeward Bound” by Ariana Lee, 2022-2023 Houston Youth Poet Laureate, at the beginning of the event. 


This event is part of the programming around the exhibit "Our Vibrant AAPI Community: Selections from the Houston Asian American Archive" on display at the JIB Gallery from January 19, 2023, to June 3, 2023. It's made possible thanks to the collaborative effort by The Houston Asian American Archive (HAAA) at Rice University and the Houston Pubic Library.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Registration is required. Please register on the link below. 

Saturday, April 22, 2023
11:00am - 1:00pm
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  • Bao-Long Chu

Originally from Vietnam, Bao-Long Chu earned an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program.

His poems and essays have been published in several anthologies, including The New Anthology of American Poetry: Postmodernisms 1950-Present and From Both Sides Now: The Poetry of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath.

His libretto for Houston Grand Opera's East + West initiative, Bound, premiered in 2014.

  • Rohan Chhetri

A Nepali Indian poet, writer and translator, currently based in Houston, TX. Rohan Chhetri is the author of Slow Startle (Winner of the Emerging Poets Prize 2015), the chapbook Jurassic Desire (Winner of the Per Diem Prize 2017) and Lost, Hurt, or in Transit Beautiful (Tupelo Press/ HarperCollinsIN, 2021).

He is a recipient of a 2021 PEN/Heim Grant for translation, his poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Revue Europe, AGNI and New England Review, and have been translated into Greek and French.


  • Weijia Pan

Weijia Pan is a poet and translator from Shanghai, China, and an MFA candidate at the University of Houston. His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from AGNI, The Georgia Review, Tupelo Quarterly, 诗釱, and elsewhere.




  • Robin Davidson

Robin Davidson is a poet and translator. She has published two full-length poetry collections and two poetry chapbooks.

Robin has served as Houston Poet Laureate (2015-2017), and has taught literature and creative writing at the University of Houston-Downtown, where she serves as Professor Emerita of English.



  • Ariana Lee 

Ariana Lee serves as the 2022-2023 Houston Youth Poet Laureate and is a member of Meta-Four Houston, the city’s official youth slam poetry team.

Recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation, she combines her passion for arts and activism as a Youth Fellow for the International Human Rights Art Festival.

She believes poetry is necessary for forward movement, and her work celebrates overlooked, undervalued, and forgotten stories.


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