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Short Stories and Poetry by Asian American Authors on Audio

Readers of short stories and poetry know that both forms pack a lot of narrative punch into a finely-honed linguistic space—and that they are made to be heard aloud. In celebration of AAPI Heritage Month, dive into the coming-of-age stories of Jenny Zhang, read by a full audio cast, go deep into the intricacies of character with author Yiyun Li, and listen to poets Amit Majmudar (Poet Laureate of Ohio) and Ishle Yi Park (poet laureate of Queens, New York) read their own powerful work.

For readers and listeners of Zadie Smith and Helen Oyeyemi, Sour Heart is a full-cast audio collection that conjures the experience of adolescence through the eyes of Chinese American girls growing up in New York City.

“A perfect collaboration of the author and five narrators, Greta Jung, Kim Mai Guest, Nancy Wu, Emily Woo Zeller, Samantha Quan, bring out the forceful emotions in this collection of interconnected stories…Each voice bristles with the grittiness of the narrative, conveying complex and distressing elements of politics, poverty, and social change within cultures and generations–both in China during the Cultural Revolution and in America.”—AudioFile

Author: Yiyun Li
Read By: Cindy Kay

From the bustling heart of Beijing, to a fast-food restaurant in Chicago, to the barren expanse of Inner Mongolia, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers reveals worlds both foreign and familiar, with heartbreaking honesty and in beautiful prose.

“Cindy Kay gives an eloquent and dignified narration of Yiyun Li’s masterful 2006 story collection, which depicts the multifaceted lives of Chinese and Chinese-American characters.”—AudioFile

In What He Did in Solitary, prize-winning poet Amit Majmudar reads his poetry in an audiobook that sharpens our wits and forces us to examine our own “life in solitary.” Equally engaged with human history and the human heart, Majmudar transfigures identity from a locus of captivity to the open field of liberation.

Told across the changing seasons, Angel & Hannah is a reimagining of Romeo and Juliet that holds all of the tension and cadence of blank verse while adding dynamic and expressive language rooted in a long tradition of hip-hop and spoken word. The poetry of Angel and Hannah’s relationship is dynamic, arresting, observant, and magical, conveying the intimacies and sacrifices of love and family and the devastating realities of struggle and loss.

Looking for more ways to celebrate? Visit our AAPI Voices and Stories on Audio page.