Contest to See Staceyann Chin

If you haven’t seen Staceyann Chin at a poetry event or in her one woman show, or read her memoir, The Other Side of Paradise, you’re missing out. Here’s a taste:

The 92nd Street Y in New York has offered Feministing some big discounts on her upcoming performance–50% off for everyone who calls into buy a ticket (readers need to use the code “STA1″ to get the discount) and two free tickets a piece for the first two people to write an answer (in comments) to this question:

What’s your favorite line of Chin’s poetry?

Full bio for Staceyann after the jump. Anyone who’s got time to do a transcript, go at it!


Staceyann Chin is a writer, slam poet and activist. She’s appeared before cheering crowds at the Nuyorican Poets’ Café, has done one-woman shows off-Broadway and overseas and was a co-writer and star performer in the Tony-winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam. She’s also an activist for lesbian and gay rights and the author of a memoir, The Other Side of Paradise, about growing up in Jamaica and finding her own voice. She talks at 92Y about her family, her work and her plans for the coming year.

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10 Comments

  1. Rae
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Like there’s some kind of preconditioned look for the half-Chinese, lesbian poet who used to be Catholic, but now believes in dreams.!!!

  2. Rae
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    raepicher AT gmail DOT com
    The line is from: “Feminist or a Womanist”

  3. Dena
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    I completely agree with Rae. I also love:
    I absolutely adore The Other Side of Paradise. It’s an absolutely amazing book.

  4. maggie
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Staceyann!
    one of many favs (from “this is not about central state”):
    there is nothing wrong with me
    and if you insist on saying my love is sin
    I will use this pen to poke you new eyes
    new ears
    I will continue to draw different visions
    until we can both see each other a little clearer
    mm3168 AT gmail DOT com

  5. maggie
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    and so simply but powerfully stated, it makes me ache:
    still no word on why the bodies of so many women
    must bear the anger of men
    without retribution
    -in “a home on the vineyard?”

  6. Courtney
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Alright Rae and Maggie, you two are the big winners! I’ll email you now with info.
    CONGRATS!

  7. Nepenthe
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure how to approach poetry that must be spoken to be appreciated. Thankfully now we can watch poets perform on video. Chin’s words wouldn’t have had much impact on me if I had read them from a page but this… wow.
    Like Whitman if Whitman weren’t a jerk. I like her version of “I contain multitudes” much much better.

  8. Mrs. Chili
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    THANK YOU for introducing me to this amazing woman! I left this clip in tears.
    “I believe “holy” is what you do when there is nothing between your actions and the truth.”

  9. Zaneta
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Staceyann Chin is AMAZING! Not sure how many of you are in the New Jersey area, but she will be the Ramapo College Herstory Month opening speaker on March 2nd.

  10. dj_sex_ed
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    O.O How did I never hear of her? She’s amazing.
    Staceyann Chin = my new favorite. Wow.

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