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Mercedes Eng teaches and writes in Vancouver, on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories. She is the author of Mercenary English (CUE Books, 2013; Mercenary Press, 2016), a long poem about violence and resistance in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver. Her writing has appeared in Jacket 2, The Downtown East, The Volcano, on the sides of the Burrard and Granville Bridges as contributions to public art projects, and in the collectively produced chapbooks, r/ally (No One Is Illegal), Surveillance, and M’aidez (Press Release). She is currently working on a women’s prison reader and a detective novel set in her grandfather’s Chinatown supper club, circa 1948.
August 2017 : Talon poets in Contemporary Verse 2: Convergence
QUOTES OF NOTEPrison Industrial Complex Explodes
Praise for earlier work:
“I situate Mercenary English in a diverse line of revolutionary poetics – including those of writers like M. NourbeSe Philip, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Kamau Brathwaite, Cecilia Vicuña, Heriberto Yépez, and Laura Elrick, to name just a few … this weaponized English is a vulnerable and tender form of revolutionary poetics [that] erupt with insurrection … redoubling this call with the courage to affirm: ‘my voice / it’s mine to find / when it comes / my call will make you deaf’.”
—Natalie Knight in The Capilano Review
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