In keeping with its history of showcasing the current landscape of poetry, Lunch Poems showcases the work of UC Berkeley’s students.
Poets taking the podium include winners of the following prizes: Academy of American Poets, Cook, Rosenberg, and Yang. Several students were also nominated to read by UC Berkeley creative writing faculty, Lunch Poems volunteers, and student publications’ representatives.
Cathy Park Hong is a Korean-American writer raised in Los Angeles, who is now an associate professor at Sarah Lawrence College.
Her first book, “Translating Mo’um” was published in 2002 and won a Pushcart Prize that same year. Her second book is called “Dance Dance Revolution” and with that Hong won the Barnard Women Poets Prize. Her third book of poems was published last year and is titled “Engine Empire.”
Hong’s poetry is known for using “code-switching,” which means using the combination of words from different languages, including slang, mixed together within a story or poem.