Forthcoming 2017 / UpSet Press
quiet of chorus lifts up the often muffled lineages of resistance to normalized state violence in contemporary life. Huang’s embodied poem-worlds stoke our yearnings for freedom and wholeness, and help enliven the path forward.
Vanessa Huang’s first book of poems bears witness to an intimate terrain traversing pasts, presents, and futures within and surrounding political movements to end various embodiments of the prison industrial complex in the 2000s, California and beyond. Making refuge in diaspora, these poems inhabit and transform the poet’s languages of heritage and migration into their own call-and-response syntax, inviting readers and listeners into prayer, pause, novel gesture towards freedom.
Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices (Trans-Genre Press, 2015)
Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press, 2011)
Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press, 2011)
Abolition Now: Ten Years of Strategy Against the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press, 2008)