Imagine Us, the Swarm by Leung, Muriel

Muriel Leung

Imagine Us, the Swarm

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WINNER of the 2022 Four Quartets Prize!2022 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARDS FINALIST!Winner of the Nightboat Books Poetry Prize, Imagine Us, The Swarm offers seven powerful texts...

WINNER of the 2022 Four Quartets Prize!


Winner of the Nightboat Books Poetry Prize, Imagine Us, The Swarm offers seven powerful texts that form a constellation of voices, forms, and approaches to confront loneliness, silence, and death.

Following the death of the poet's father, Imagine Us, The Swarm contemplates vengeance, eschews forgiveness, and cultivates a desire for healing beyond the reaches of this present life. In this collection of essays in verse, Leung reconciles a familial history of violence and generational trauma across intersections of Asian American, queer, and gendered experiences. Moving between the past and the present, Leung imbues memories with something new to alter time and design a different future.

Muriel Leung is the author of Imagine Us, The Swarm, from Nightboat Books and Bone Confetti, winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Book Award. A Pushcart Prize nominated writer, her writing can be found in The Baffler, Cream City Review, Gulf Coast, The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, and others. She is a recipient of fellowships to Kundiman, VONA/Voices Workshop and the Community of Writers. She is the Poetry Co-Editor of Apogee Journal. She also co-hosts The Blood-Jet Writing Hour podcast with Rachelle Cruz and MT Vallarta. She is a member of Miresa Collective, a feminist speakers bureau. A Dornsife fellow in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California, she is from Queens, NY.

Nightboat Books
Publication Date
May 25, 2021