(3rd Year Poetry) Lisa Kwong currently serves as an event coordinator for the Fountain Square Poetry Series in Bloomington. She and Virginia Thomas are the 2013 AI (Associate Instructor) Consultants for English W103: Introduction to Creative Writing.
Born and raised in Radford, Virginia, she is an AppalAsian poet in the Midwest. A two-time Frost Place scholarship recipient, she received a BA in English and clarinet performance minor from Appalachian State University (ASU) in Boone, North Carolina. She was the 2011-2012 recipient of the Neal-Marshall Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing at Indiana University. Known as Miss/Ms. Kwong to her students, she was a 2012-2013 teaching award nominee for excellence in teaching English W131: Elementary Composition.
Lisa’s poems have appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Pluck!, Floyd County Moonshine, The Sleuth, and Virginia English Bulletin. Her poems also appear online at Ishmael Reed's Konch, news.appstate.edu, AlYoung.org, and The Tower Journal.
An active participant in the Bloomington literary community, she is a member of the Writers Guild at Bloomington and has been a featured reader in the Upstart Poets Series, First Sunday Reading Series (nonfiction), Fountain Square Poetry Series, and also at the IU Asian Culture Center. From 2004-2011, Lisa organized National Poetry Month readings and was a guest speaker in English classes at ASU and Radford University. Since 2005, Lisa has been a Nancy Drew collector and scholar. She serves as Resident Poet for the Nancy Drew Sleuths.
When she’s not reading, writing, teaching, or coordinating, Lisa likes to run and is probably training for her next race.
“I call myself an AppalAsian, an Asian from Appalachia.” -Lisa Kwong
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