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Video conversation with writers K-Ming Chang and Kazim Ali

K-Ming Chang and Kazim Ali

We're delighted to have this video conversation used as a classroom resource for the University at Albany English Department's "Contemporary Writers at Work" (ENG350) course, taught this semester by Professor Mary Valentis.

Poet and fiction writer K-Ming Chang is a Kundiman fellow, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She is the author of the debut novel Bestiary (One World/Random House, 2020), which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Listen to an excerpt from Bestiary.

At the age of 22, she is the youngest published author to be a featured guest in the history of the NYS Writers Institute.

Her micro-chapbook Bone House, a queer retelling of Wuthering Heights, is forthcoming from Bull City Press’ INCH series in 2021, and she is currently working on a collection of short stories.

For more information on K-Ming Chang, visit: Bestiary is available to order through The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza:

Kazim Ali received a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from the University at Albany, and an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. He is the author of several volumes of poetry, novels, essay collections, and cross-genre texts. His collections of poetry include Sky Ward, winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry, and The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books' New England/New York Award. His memoir Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water will be published in March 2021. Ali is also an accomplished translator and the editor of several anthologies and books of criticism.

He has taught at various colleges and universities, including Oberlin College, Davidson College, St. Mary's College of California, and Naropa University in Boulder, Colo. He is currently a professor of Literature and Writing at the University of California, San Diego.

For more information on Kazim Ali, visit: His memoir Northern Light is available to pre-order through The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza:


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