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KSW Presents Preeti Vangani with Jenny Qi

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KSW Presents Preeti Vangani with Jenny Qi
KSW Presents a celebration of Mother Tongue Apologize, a collection of poetry by Preeti Vangani with Jenny Qi, author of Focal Point. A reading exploring grief, daughterhood, and women's empowerment.

On Friday, August 27, 2021, KSW Presents a virtual celebration of Mother Tongue Apologize, a debut collection of poetry by Preeti Vangani. Preeti will be joined by Jenny Qi, author of the forthcoming collection Focal Point. Join us as the two poets read from their new works and dive into poetry that explores familial loss and grief alongside readings by community poets.

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is the author of Mother Tongue Apologize, winner of the RL India Poetry Prize. Her work has been published in The Threepenny Review, Gulf Coast, Cortland Review among other places. She is the winner of the 2021 Foley Poetry Prize for her poem, Raising Mothers. Her essays have been published in Buzzfeed, Bending Genres and Huffington Post. A graduate of University of San Francisco's MFA Program, Preeti has received fellowships from Napa Valley Writers' Conference, Pen America and the California Center for Cultural Innovation. She is a Tin House alumna and a Summer 2021 artist in residence at the UCross Foundation.


is the author of the debut poetry collection Focal Point, winner of the 2020 Steel Toe Books Poetry Award. Her essays and poems have been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Tin House, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere, and she has received fellowships from Tin House, Omnidawn, Kearny Street Workshop, and the San Francisco Writers Grotto. Born in Pennsylvania to Chinese immigrants, she grew up mostly in Las Vegas and Nashville and now resides in San Francisco, where she completed her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology and currently works in oncology consulting. She is working on more essays and poems and translating her late mother’s memoirs of the Chinese Cultural Revolution and immigration to the U.S.


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