Ana Božičević & Chia-Lun Chang

English, a tripwire. English, a bright white sky, a stark white bone. Many bones clutter the table, many clouds fall upon the eyes. Many trips back and forth, from heard over there to spoken over here. Ana Božičević and Chia-Lun Chang make speech-acts in contexts more pronounced, make and mark the striking sounds of what gets said—what can be said—when we’re here, or trying to get there.

Ana Božičević grew up in Zadar, Croatia before coming to New York. Ana is a poet, translator, teacher, and occasional singer. Her new book New Life is out with Wave Books in April 2023. She is also the author of Povratak lišća / Return of the Leaves, Selected Poems in Croatian (Hrvatsko Društvo Pisaca/Croatian Writers Society, 2020); Joy of Missing Out (Birds, LLC, 2017); the Lambda Award-winning Rise in the Fall (Birds, LLC, 2013), and Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2009). For more, visit

Chia-Lun Chang is the author of Prescribee (2022), winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize, and two chapbooks, An Alien Well-Tamed and One Day We Become Whites. Recent work appears in GrantaBombColumbia Journal, and Brooklyn Rail. She has received support from Jerome Foundation and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council among others. Chia-Lun teaches contemporary Taiwanese poetry and fiction at the Brooklyn Public Library. Born and raised in New Taipei City, Taiwan, she lives in Brooklyn. For more info visit

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