Arktoi Books: Literature by lesbian authors

 The Heart's Traffic:
a novel in poems

- Ching-In Chen

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   - Author Bio
   - Book Excerpt
   - Author Interview
   - Video/Audio/Links
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The Heart's Traffic and Ching-In Chen (pdf)
Interview with Ching-In Chen (pdf)
Author Photo Photo Credit: Sarah Grant (jpg)


• 2009, 119 pages, $21
• ISBN: 978-0-9800407-2-2
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On February 20, 2009,, an online video showcase of poets taped at various venues throughout So. California, taped Ching-In Chen's LA book release party for The Heart's Trafficsee the reading.

Interviews & Profiles Online

  • The Heart's Traffic is listed as one of the notable Asian American books of 2009: read the list
  • A review of The Heart's Traffic in the September, 2009 BookDragon Blog (Read the Review)
  • The Heart's Traffic reviewed in the Summer 2009 Lambda Literary Report (Read the Review)
  • An interview (and a poem reprinted from The Heart's Traffic) is up in the new issue of Verdad.
  • Two of the poems from The Heart's Traffic ("Two Truths & A Lie" and "Black Light") were finalists for the Borders Open-Door Poetry Contest, judged by Billy Collins.
  • Interview with Ching-In Chen by Rigoberto González in National Book Critics Circle blog, April, 2009
  • First-book author interview (between Ching-In and Ely Shipley) at Boxcar Poetry Review, March, 2009
  • Interview with Ching-In Chen by Bryan Thao Worra on The Other Side of the Eye :