LUMEN No. 5 Drops on Friday!

LUMEN 5: How to Give a Gift to a Poet. Click here to subscribe. (Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash.)

It’s late in the season, but if you still have a poet friend for whom you want to find a last-minute present this year, you might be wondering what to give them. 

Well, this Friday, in our last Lumen newsletter of the year, we have you covered. In this quarter’s letter, we will be sharing five ideas for giving a thoughtful, unique gift to a poet. Here’s a sneak peek:

“If you’re anything like me [Iris] when it comes to giving gifts, you like to give objects or experiences that will be truly meaningful—that will support and encourage the recipients in pursuing their passions. So how does one choose a thoughtful gift for a poet that will do more than collect dust after the thank-you note is sent? In keeping with the principle that gift-giving is not about the money spent, here are some ideas of how to give gifts to poets (or any writers, really) that will inspire and support them in their vocation—whether during the holidays or at any time of year.”

Whether you’re shopping for a poet or you are a poet whose loved ones occasionally ask you for gift ideas, we hope this issue of Lumen will help provide some inspiration. And if you’re still not subscribed yet—you still have four more days to do so before the newsletter drops! Just click here to sign up.

We hope you have a happy and healthy end of 2018. Cheers to the end of yet another year of fantastic Asian American poetry, and here’s to a new year full of still more brilliance—ever more light—in 2019! 

Light and peace always,

Iris & Mia

LR News: June 2010 Updates

It’s June, and we at LR are rounding off our seventh month of blogging.  Here are some new things that you can expect to see from us this month:

Issue 1 Is Coming!

We are very pleased to announce that Issue 1 of our magazine will be released — if all goes as planned — on Monday, June 14th.  We have been working very hard on curating and laying out the more than 30 poems and visual art pieces that we’ve selected, and can’t wait to show you the final product.  Check back on the blog for sneak peeks and other updates in the next week or so.

June 2010 Community Calendar is Live

We’ve updated the Community Calendar for the month of June, and as usual, we welcome any corrections and additions that you may have for us.  This month, we’re pleased to be able to feature some cool Asian American literary events happening in Minneapolis, in addition to the cities we regularly cover:  June 7th is the registration deadline for the amazing-sounding Lao American Writers’ Conference that will be held at the LOFT Literary Center this August; the LOFT will also be holding an event featuring graphic novelist Gene Yang on June 18th. We look forward to continuing to cover events at the LOFT in future months.

June LR Blog Features: Barbara Jane Reyes, Indivisible, and More

During the past three months, we’ve mostly focused on themed posts, but this summer we’ll be returning to our regular blog content.  Some things to anticipate: our staff writer Ada Yee recently had the opportunity to conduct an interview with Barbara Jane Reyes — look out for her remarks about poetry, history, and community on the blog tomorrow; we also had the pleasure of meeting some of the editors of Indivisible (the first-ever anthology of South Asian American poetry) back in April, and are excited to announce that during the next couple of months, our staff writer Supriya Misra will be running a couple of feature posts on their work.  We’ll also be continuing with weekly prompts and with our editorial columns Friends & Neighbors and Editors’ Picks.

Thank you so much, once again, for all you’ve done in responding to our posts and spreading the word about us.  We are so thrilled to finally be rounding the home stretch into Issue 1 — and are ever grateful for your support.


Iris & Mia
LR Editorial Staff

Friends & Neighbors: Weekend Roundup (Dec. 3-7, 2009)

We took a break last week for the Thanksgiving holiday, but now we’re back — and there’s lots more going on this weekend!  As usual, please feel free to suggest updates and additions to this list.

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