This summer, in the wake of the global health crisis, continued violence against our community members of color in the U.S., and escalated repression of human-rights-centered protests across the globe, we'd like to offer a list of Kaya Press texts that seek to contend with the complexities of class and labor, diaspora, gender and desire, racialization and assimilation, incarceration and decarceration.
Lalbihari Sharma$16.95 $15.59
Award-winning Indo-Caribbean poet Rajiv Mohabir (born 1981) brings his own poetic swagger and family history to a groundbreaking translation of Lalbihari Sharma's Holi Songs of Demerara, originally published in India in 1916—the only known literary work written by an indentured servant in the Anglophone Caribbean.
Sesshu Foster$18.95 $17.43
Winner of the 2019 Firecracker Award: Twenty-one years after Kaya Press first published Sesshu Foster’s City Terrace Field Manual, a powerful collection of prose poems that map the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Foster's childhood, comes a new collection of poetry and prose that takes on gentrification, modernization and globalization, as told from the same corner of this rapidly changing metropolis.
Mimi Lok$16.95 $15.59
Winner of the 2020 PEN America Literary Award for Debut Short Story Collection: Mimi Lok's Last of Her Name narrates the interconnected lives of diasporic women from ’80s UK suburbia to WWII Hong Kong and contemporary California.
Nicholas Wong$15.95 $14.67
Winner of the 2015 Lambda Award for Gay Poetry: Hong Kong-based Nicholas Wong has deliberately chosen to write in a non-native language—English, his second language after Cantonese. Freed from the assumptions and conventions of his mother tongue, Wong strips down, interrogates and ultimately reorients the fragmented complexities of the multiple communities he inhabits—queer, Asian, poet, reader, lover—in a collection of poems that exposes the gap between familiarity and the inevitable distance of the body.
R. Zamora Linmark$16.95 $15.59
Illuminated by pop fantasies, Donna Summer disco tracks and teen passion, the fiercely earnest characters in Rolling the R’s come to life against a background of burning dreams and neglect in a small 1970s Hawaiian community. In his daring first novel, R. Zamora Linmark treats the music of the Bee Gees and schoolyard bullying as equally formative experiences in the lives of a group of Filipino fourth-graders living in Kalihi, Honolulu, who call themselves the "Farrah Fawcett Fan Club."
One of our Smokin' Hot Reading list authors, Rajiv Mohabir, curated his own list for the PEN World Voices Festival on reading the Asian Americas. Read Rajiv's list here.