NaNoWriMo Write-in Session Recap

You always meet with something surprisingly great when you give a little bit of yourself.

Tips on Character Development in Novel Writing

Most readers prefer to be drawn-in by narratives with intriguing characters with whom they can relate rather than complicated plot-driven stories that lack well-established characters. The more rounded your characters are, the more believable they are and the more empathy you’ll be able to elicit from your readers. Below are a few points to consider … Continue reading Tips on Character Development in Novel Writing

NaNoWriMo 2018 Workshop

If you get your kicks from discussing the mannerisms, behaviors and back stories of people who don't exist, then I'm your gal! I’ll be leading a workshop on character development as well as facilitating the National Novel Writing Month session on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m at the San Luis Obispo Library (995 Palm … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2018 Workshop

2018 San José Poetry Festival

The Fourth Annual San José Poetry Festival, a celebration of diversity and cultural heritage, will begin with a day of readings and performances on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Blessing/Invocation (9-9:30 a.m., Markham House): Kanyon Sayers-Roods Yuki Teikei Haiku Society (9:30-10:20 a.m., Renzel Room) Pranita Patel & Aparna Ganguly (10-10:50 a.m., Firehouse) VeteransWrite (10:30-11:20 a.m., Renzel Room) … Continue reading 2018 San José Poetry Festival

“Down River” by Samantha Lê published in The Journal

A young girl watched her big sister from across the riverbank as she threw their pet dog into the water, where he was carried off and drowned. His rag body swung into the swells of her rage. The big sister denied this memory, but the young girl insisted on remembering.  And though time marches on, … Continue reading “Down River” by Samantha Lê published in The Journal

“Phôi Pha (Wither)” by Samantha Lê published in The Journal

“Phôi Pha (Wither)” is a poem about old age, about being the only one left to tend to the dead, about there being no one left to send you off when your journey begins again. no one left to burn spirit money and paper houses incense dust grows into ant hills The subject of the … Continue reading “Phôi Pha (Wither)” by Samantha Lê published in The Journal

Delusion

poem by Samantha Lê, music by Ryan Loyd Delusion Carried a single branch inside my river, downstream through milky lashes, tattooed lips and deceitful thighs. We are unreliable and cruel like the water. Carried you into goodbye fingers of spicy savage lickers…  carried you like a burden… like a shameful secret. You are the life, … Continue reading Delusion

“Watching Dad’s Porn on the VCR” by Samantha Lê published in The Minnesota Review

In “Watching Dad’s Porn on the VCR,” a poem about girlhood, the speaker of the poem searches for her identity in the images reflected back at her from the television screen “…Mouth of a prophet, tongue of a poet….” Her sense of self is tangled up in what she believes to be the definition of … Continue reading “Watching Dad’s Porn on the VCR” by Samantha Lê published in The Minnesota Review

“Border Crossing” by Samantha Lê published in The Minnesota Review

In “Border Crossing,” the speaker of the poem laments about being labeled an “illegal.” She remembers a life, before the change in geography, where she was a complete person, “but between the leaving and entering they changed how they look at me—objects once labeled can’t be relabeled, you know.” Somehow in the border crossing, her … Continue reading “Border Crossing” by Samantha Lê published in The Minnesota Review

“That Other Guy” by Samantha Lê published in Outlook Springs

Who hasn’t secretly wanted to be that other guy? the one made up of consonants and super hero punches the guy with a secret name no one can pronounce […] We live in an age of comparisons.  We write farfetched narratives for the lives of strangers, friends and acquaintances, then find ourselves, by comparison, to … Continue reading “That Other Guy” by Samantha Lê published in Outlook Springs

Well-RED Reading Series

Poetry reading by Samantha Lê & Darrell Dela Cruz with book signing to follow. Please join me at the Well-RED Reading Series, sponsored by Poetry Center San Jose, for an exciting night of  poetry. When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) Where: Works/San Jose, Arts & Performance Center (365 S. Market St., San Jose, … Continue reading Well-RED Reading Series

“The Way to Cái Răng Floating Market” by Samantha Lê published by Bayou Magazine

The child rides on the backseat of the family’s bicycle and takes stock of Vietnam’s ravaged countryside after the revolution—its people and animals, its landscape and violent history.  “The Way to Cái Răng Floating Market” captures the complicated adult world through the eyes of a child—the humming poverty and hunger, the trembling of the land.  … Continue reading “The Way to Cái Răng Floating Market” by Samantha Lê published by Bayou Magazine