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EVENT: Cathy Park Hong, author of Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

Two weeks from today, join us for the installation ceremony for the New York State Author and New York State Poet.

7:30 p.m. Friday, September 24, at the University at Albany.

It's the kickoff event for the 4th Annual Albany Book Festival, which takes place Saturday, Sept. 25.

We will announce the new NYS Author and NYS Poet on Monday morning. In the meantime...


Cathy Park Hong, author of Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

Cathy Park Hong, author of Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

“Asian Americans inhabit a purgatorial status: neither white enough nor black enough, unmentioned in most conversations about racial identity. In the popular imagination, Asian Americans are all high-achieving professionals. But in reality, this is the most economically divided group in the country, a tenuous alliance of people with roots from South Asia to East Asia to the Pacific Islands, from tech millionaires to service industry laborers. How do we speak honestly about the Asian American condition—if such a thing exists?”

-- Cathy Park Hong


Virtual Conversation — 7:00 p.m.

The UAlbany Office of Diversity and Inclusion Speakers Series

A free Zoom account is required. Free and open to the public.

Cathy Park Hong. (photo by Beowulf Sheehan)

At our Wednesday, Sept. 15, event, poet Cathy Park Hong will discuss her memoir, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (2020), a ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original exploration of Asian American consciousness.

With Hong's biting humor, Minor Feelings examines the many ways in which the experience of Asian American marginalization is dismissed, ignored, and devalued.

A New York Times bestseller and one of TIME magazine’s “10 Best Nonfiction Books of the Year,” Minor Feelings won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Poet Claudia Rankine called it, “Brilliant,” and said, “To read this book is to become more human.”

Hong is also the author of poetry collections Engine Empire; Dance Dance Revolution, chosen by Adrienne Rich for the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Translating Mo'um. She is the recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her poems have been published in Poetry, A Public Space, Paris Review, McSweeney's, Baffler, Yale Review, The Nation, and other journals. She is the poetry editor of the New Republic and is a professor at Rutgers-Newark University.

Presented by the UAlbany Office of Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with the NYS Writers Institute.

Copies of Cathy Park Hong's books are available for purchase at both events. You may also shop for the book in advance at the local, independent Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza.

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All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask or other face covering while inside any UAlbany owned, operated or leased building.

Unvaccinated individuals are also required to wear face coverings in all outdoor settings. This revised mask requirement will remain in place until the University removes the requirement upon the recommendations of the CDC or other public health officials. Individuals should not attend our in-person events if they — or anyone in their household — are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.


Courtesy parking for Writers Institute events on the Uptown Campus will be available in the State Quad Student Parking Lot one hour prior to and one hour after events.

Visitor parking lots are also available for $5 per vehicle, though parking spaces are very limited.

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Coming up... 4th Annual Albany Book Festival, September 25

The fourth annual event, on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the University at Albany, will be held in-person for the first time since 2019. Events will begin at 10:30 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. More information at


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