Published Dec 2018 in Red Wheelbarrow
One of three winning poems in the 2018 Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize, judged by Naomi Shihab Nye. Nye comments: “Tasty poem! I loved the sound sense here, assonance and alliteration, the pleasure of speaking, and saying, even holding a pomegranate, the narrator's identification with the fruit—exhilarating and delicious.” This poem is dedicated to my late grandmother (Po Po), who grew pomegranates on her balcony in Chongqing, China.
Self-published Mar 2019
This rhyming picture book follows a boy who is hard of hearing as he pursues an ice cream truck. As Robby chases strains of music through the neighborhood, he discovers more than he is looking for!
Many thanks to my dad, Richard Qiang Li, for the lovely watercolor illustrations.
Published Dec 2019 in Lunch Ticket
EDNOS refers to "eating disorder not otherwise specified," a diagnosis in the DSM-4. Despite their prevalence among Asian American women, eating disorders and other mental health issues are still largely stigmatized in Asian communities.
Forthcoming Mar 2020 in Glass: A Journal of Poetry
This poem is about growing up between cultures. It incorporates the three languages I speak with varying levels of fluency: English, French, and Chinese.