Literati to Host Event for Poet Jennifer Huang’s ‘Return Flight’

The University of Michigan grad releases their collection on Jan. 18
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Jennifer Huang is celebrating the release of their poetry collection Return Flight with Literati on Jan. 18. // Images courtesy of Jennifer Huang

Jennifer Huang, a 2020 graduate of the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writer’s Program who now lives in Ypsilanti, releases their debut poetry collection, Return Flight, on Jan. 18. To celebrate, Ann Arbor bookstore Literati is hosting a virtual event.

Published by Minneapolis-based Milkweed Editions, Return Flight is described as a “lush reckoning: with inheritance, with body, with trauma, with desire — and with the many tendons in between.” The intimate collection is The Rumpus Poetry Book Club pick for January and the winner of the 2021 Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry, an honor from Milkweed that supports Midwest poets.

Huang has previously published their writing in Poetry magazine, The Rumpus, Narrative Magazine, U-M’s literary magazine, Michigan Quarterly Review, and other publications. They’ve also been recognized by organizations such as the Academy of American Poets and the North American Taiwan Studies Association for their work.

The Return Flight webinar, which is part of Literati’s “At Home” series, takes place at 7 p.m. on Jan. 18. Huang will be joined by special guest readers Carlina Duan, a Michigan-based writer and educator who released the poetry collection Alien Miss last year; Cindy Tran, a New York City poet who is a 2020 NYSA/NYFA artist fellow; and Lauren Shapiro, an associate professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University whose 2020 release, Arena, was listed as a top poetry book of the year by The New York Times. Camilo Estrada, a friend of Huang’s who plays ukulele covers and original songs, will perform as well.

There is no cost or pre-registration required to join the event. However, guests are welcome to donate $5 to Literati’s programming.

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