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Lily Hoang

http://www.nmsu.edu/~english/mfa/faculty_lily.php

Lily Hoang has published some books and won some awards. She edits for presses and journals. She teaches in the MFA program at New Mexico State University.

Do you know how to drive stick?

I’m panhandling bad advice on other social media sites today. Do you want my bad advice? It will be free of charge, but only for today.

Fred Moten’s The Feel Trilogy

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It is a good book:

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February 19th, 2014 / 11:24 am

On the Limits of Empathy, or, the Universality of Grief

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My sister died a year ago today. I would like to believe my grief is original, but it isn’t.

In “Plants and the Limits of Empathy,” Michael Marder argues that it is impossible for people to genuinely empathize with plants because we are too different. Any semblance of empathy is pure anthropomorphization.

To those who have not lost, they cannot empathize.

Make me human, darling, anthropomorphize me.

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January 8th, 2014 / 2:36 pm

a very short parable

photoI just got a puppy. It thinks it’s a grown dog but it isn’t. It thinks it is much bigger than it is. Such is the lesson I have learned.

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December 16th, 2013 / 4:39 pm

When procrastinating, what do you do? I need pointers.

The Monotony of Work: Justin Sirois

Do you know this guy?

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If you don’t, you should. His name is Justin Sirois and he is number one. (I stole “X is number one” from Noah Cicero.) If you asked me, I’d say: Justin Sirois is ace.

Ace Justin Sirois has an app. Who the fuck has their own app?!! Check it out. 4.99 never seemed so attractive. What can you get for 4.99? Not a pack of smokes, but you can get this app. Booms.

http://www.getkidnapped.com/#

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September 10th, 2013 / 12:42 pm

CGS’s “Drone Poetics,” or, my desire to be unobtrusive

Up at the Boston Review blog, Carmen Gimenez Smith gives real talk about being a poet-academic and the inherent privilege of it:

I often struggle with how I might best use the privilege I possess as a middle-class poet. I’m afforded the platforms of professor and writer, platforms I don’t really utilize to effect change in the world. This might be due to a cultural indoctrination suggesting that poetry is a marginal practice, yet poets such as Adrienne Rich, Denise Levertov, Gary Snyder, Brenda Hillman, and, more recently, Mark Nowak, Shane McCrae, Jena Osman, and Craig Santos Perez have utilized their privilege and platform to uncover, expose, and counter accepted narratives about living in a declining empire in which our agency as citizens is shrinking. While the government watches us, more and more poets and writers are watching back, documenting the injustices that stain our present moment. We need more of that. I should be doing that.

I’m currently editing this massive anthology with Joshua Marie Wilkinson called The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on the Avant-Garde and Accessibility (heading to an Internet purchasing place near you in 2015 from Nightboat Books). In it, we have roughly 100 original essays discussing the role of accessibility in writing as well as Badiou’s questioning of Empire and recognition. Putting together these essays, especially in light of Carmen’s BR post, I keep returning to a word: responsibility. What responsibility do we have as writers? Do we have a responsibility? To whom? Should we even care about accountability? And accountable to whom? We have this great power: the ability to tell stories. What do we do with it? Do we just recycle the same and call it new?

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August 3rd, 2013 / 1:50 pm

I’m looking for MFA thesis flipped into a first book. Preferably a good first book.

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Joshua Marie Wilkinson’s summer reads

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We get a ton of books for review consideration on my desk for The Volta. Even though we tried to run weekly reviews for a year, that still didn’t seem to touch anything but the best stuff off the top. So, I’ve pulled out a dozen or so that I’m really excited to read this summer:

1-Armantrout

Rae Armantrout’s Just Saying is the follow-up to the follow-up to Armantrout’s Pulitzer Prize winner, so I won’t be surprised if it gets less attention than Versed or Money Shot—though it shouldn’t. I’m halfway through it, and it’s just as good:

 

A woman writes to ask

how far along I am

with my apocalypse

 

What will you give me

if I tell?

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June 24th, 2013 / 2:53 pm

Say you’re giving a reading, what’s the perfect question? What question do you loathe?

Say you’re in the audience, what question do you wish someone else would ask? What question makes you feel embarrassed that someone actually asked it?

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April 28th, 2013 / 4:05 pm

JA Tyler and MLP made some beauty. Thank you.

in which Lily teaches a class on a whiteboard

This is what happened in my grad Form & Technique in Fiction class today:

2013-03-18 13.20.20Here is how it happened. Every Wednesday, students read articles and essays that are NOT fiction. Last class, they read & we discussed a unit I called “The Human Body,” which included the following texts: Dong et al, “Unilateral Deep Brain Stimulation of the Right Globus Pallidus Internus in Patients with Tourette’s Syndrome”
(from The Journal of International Medicine); Grahek, Feeling Pain and Being in Pain, “Ch. 1: The Biological Function & Importance of Pain”; Ramachandran, Tell-Tale Brain, “Ch. 3: Loud Colors and Hot Babes: Synesthesia”; and
 Scarry, The Body in Pain, “Ch.3: Pain and Imagining.”

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March 18th, 2013 / 6:35 pm

Syllabus Share

I developed this class. Now, I am teaching it.

ENGL 534: Form & Technique in Fiction

Reading Outside of Fiction

COURSE DESCRIPTION

As writers, it’s important that we gather inspiration from a broad array of sources. Often, between coursework and personal interest, it’s impossible for us to read as widely or diversely as we could, and it’s often outside of the discipline of creative writing and literature that we gain the most inspiration. In this course, we will read from a variety of disciplines and use the knowledge to generate prose. The texts you will encounter in this course may be difficult. It isn’t important to understand every word. It is even less important that you “like” it. What matters is that you use it to generate new material.

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January 31st, 2013 / 1:39 pm

On Impermanence and Guarantees

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1. This nail polish is supposed to last fourteen days without chipping or fading. I am on the tenth day.

2. The fire I built at 10pm last night is just starting to go out. I have added so many pieces of wood to it.

3. Life insurance plans expire arbitrarily. My father’s will be void if he lives past 76. My sister’s was void because she stopped paying.

4. The rechargeable batteries I bought in 2003 only hold charge for thirty minutes now.

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January 29th, 2013 / 10:39 pm

Are you a liar? About what? Be honest now.

In a syllabus, I called it NECROMANCER instead of NEUROMANCER. Oops.

Are you a romantic? Do you think there’s more romance irl or in books? If in books, reading or writing them?

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December 6th, 2012 / 11:36 am

AAWW Publishing Conference

Guess what: Being Asian American is not a pre-requisite. Being a writer does. 

 Saturday, December 8th, 2012 from 12PM-6PM

@ Daruma Asset Management

80 West 40th Street, 9th Fl., NY NY 10018

Tickets for sale online!

You’re a writer. We know it. You know it.

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December 4th, 2012 / 2:18 pm

To what extent has the Internet ruined your life?