[-empyre-] Machine Dreams: Introducing Keith Wilson and Sun Yung Shin!

Margaret J Rhee mrhee at uoregon.edu
Fri May 26 05:47:44 AEST 2017

Continuing Mark and Saba's generative comments and reading of the Zine, 
and cyborg/robot poetics, I'm so pleased to introduced Keith Wilson and 
Sun Yung Shin to our conversation.

This week, we will be introducing different contributors to the Machine 
Dreams Zine throughout the days.

In particular, Keith Wilson and Sun Yung Shin are both incredible poets 
and writers transgressing robot poetics by way of intersections with 
Keith's work on Black history, resistance, and visuality, and Sun Yung's 
work on Haraway, Adoptee issues, and Korean Diaspora.

Their contributions can be found on page 62 and 65, for Keith's 
powerfully visual poem on the horrifying untimely death of Emmett Till,

and Sun Yung's enchanting short story of clones, and glitches, found on 
page 53. Their bios are below, please check out their work here:



Sun Yung and Keith, perhaps to begin, can you talk a bit about your 
contributions, and how it may differ or build upon your larger body of 
work, and what is your approach grappling with robots poetically, and as 
Mark writes, and issues of difference such as race, gender, and 


Keith S. Wilson is a game designer, an Affrilachian Poet, Cave Canem 
fellow, and graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. He 
serves as Assistant Poetry Editor at Four Way Review and Digital Media 
Editor and Web Consultant at Obsidian Journal. Keith has received three 
scholarships from Bread Loaf as well as scholarships from the Millay 
Colony, Poetry by the Sea, and the Virginia Center for the Creative 
Arts. He holds an MFA in poetry from Chicago State University.

신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin was born in Seoul, Korea, during 박 정 희 Park 
Chung-hee's military dictatorship, and grew up in the Chicago area. She 
is the editor of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, author of 
poetry collections Unbearable Splendor (winner of the 2016 Minnesota 
Book Award for poetry); Rough, and Savage; and Skirt Full of Black 
(winner of the 2007 Asian American Literary Award for poetry), co-editor 
of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, and author of 
bilingual illustrated book for children Cooper’s Lesson. She lives in 

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