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EMW Presents A Reading With Sui Li, Amy Alvarez and Alan Chazaro

  • EMW Bookstore 934 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA, 02139 United States (map)

EMW Presents 
A Reading With 
Sui Li, Amy Alvarez and Alan Chazaro

We host an evening of our guest presenters who writes in themes of immigration, the American Dream, and being children of immigrant parents.


Monday, March 30th
7:30pm - 9:30pm

EMW Bookstore
934 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA

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Sui Li was born in Guangzhou, China in 1984 and moved to the US in 1989. He graduated with an A.B. in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard in 2006 and an M.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 2010. He lives in Boston. Sui Li wrote his first novel Transoceanic Lights.

Transoceanic Lights tells of three families who immigrate to the US from post-Mao China. The unnamed narrator's overbearing mother is plagued with regret as financial burdens and lack of trust begin to rend apart her marriage. Her only solace lies in the distant promise of better lives for her children. Yet her son spends his days longing for the comfort and familiarity of his homeland, while his two cousins, one precocious and the other rambunctious, seem to assimilate effortlessly. Transoceanic Lights explores familial love and discord, the strains of displacement, and the elusive nature of the American Dream.

Amy M. Alvarez is a poet and teacher.
She attended the Stonecoast MFA program at USM. Amy is originally from New York City (her parents hail from Jamaica and Puerto Rico) where she taught high school Humanites. She currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts and is at work on a manuscript tentatively titled "Peel Away."

Alan Chazaro has been writing poetry for the last eight years as a hobby and passion. He was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and often writes about being the first-generation son of Mexican parents.

Currently he lives in Boston and works as a high school Humanities teacher. He hopes to one day publish a book of poems about the experiences of Chicanos and immigrants in the US.