By Wasafiri Editor on December 1, 2021 in
Over the last year, Wasafiri’s Publishing Director, Malachi McIntosh (with support by members of the Wasafiri team) has been hard at work designing and recording Craft – a literary podcast featuring a range of international writers, including Daniel Mella, Chen Chen, Bernardine Evaristo, and Raymond Antrobus. Craft removes the constraints of the interview form, allowing guests to explore their work and processes on their own terms, and creating an immersive and intimate experience for the listener. The first episode, featuring Nina Mingya Powles, was released on streaming platforms on November 3.
See all our episodes as they’re released, and our trailer, below.
Episode 1: Nina Mingya Powles
Nina Mingya Powles is a writer and zinemaker from Aotearoa New Zealand. In this wide-ranging reflection on writing her memoir and travel diary Tiny Moons, she discusses trying (and failing) to become more Chinese in Shanghai, the language of the body, and the politics of the untranslated.
‘I want to intentionally decentre English as the main language and decentre Western ideas about Asia and Asian languages …’
In 2018, Nina was one of three winners of the Women Poets’ Prize, and in 2019 she won the inaugural Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing and the Landfall Essay Competition. She is also the founding editor of Bitter Melon苦瓜, a very small press that publishes limited-edition pamphlets by Asian poets.
Here’s some bonus content (and ASMR) of Nina cooking and reading from the diary that inspired Tiny Moons:
Episode 2: Chen Chen
Chen Chen is an award-winning poet based in the United States. In this episode, he talks about the composition, editing, re-editing (and re-editing), process of his poem ‘Nature Poem’ published in his debut National Book award longlisted collection When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, 2017 and Bloodaxe Books, 2019). On apocalyptic pineapples, giving yourself permission, and what writers can learn from Marie Kondo.
‘Sometimes you have to make mistakes, you have to allow yourself to go on tangents, on little side adventures … and then return home.’
Chen’s forthcoming book is Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency (2022).
Here’s some bonus content of Chen Chen reading his unreleased poem, ‘Chen No Middle Name Chen’: