Yanyi’s “The Year of Blue Water”: a Reading, Conversation, and Celebration

Community Bookstore
143 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Join us Tuesday, April 30th, at Community Bookstore, as we celebrate the publication of Yanyi’s The Year of Blue Water (Yale University Press, 2019), winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. Weaving “experiences of immigration as a Chinese American, of racism, of mental wellness, and of gender from a queer and trans perspective,” Yanyi’s “arresting and straightforward poems” invite the reader “to consider how to speak with multiple identities through trauma, transition, and ordinary life.” Yanyi will read selections from his work, and sit down with BISR faculty Rebecca Ariel Porte for a conversation about his poetry, process, subject matters, and influences.

Co-sponsored by Yale University Press, the event is free. Please RSVP below.


  • Yanyi

    Yanyi is a poet and critic who has received fellowships from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Poets House, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. He formerly served as curatorial assistant at The Poetry Project and as BISR’s Director of Technology and Design. He is currently associate editor at Foundry.

  • Rebecca Ariel Porte

    Rebecca Ariel Porte (Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) is a member of the Core Faculty at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, where she teaches a spectrum of courses in literature, philosophy, and theory across centuries, cultures, and canons. She is currently at work on a book about paradise, Arcadia, and the Golden Age.

Event Schedule

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm
April 30, 2019


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