Kenji C. Liu

Writer & Designer

Kenji C. Liu (劉謙司) is author of Map of an Onion, national winner of the 2015 Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize. His poetry is in American Poetry Review, Action Yes!, Split This Rock’s poem of the week series, several anthologies, and two chapbooks, Craters: A Field Guide (2017) and You Left Without Your Shoes (2009). A Kundiman fellow and an alumnus of VONA/Voices, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and the Community of Writers, he lives in Los Angeles.

Winner, 2015 Hillary Gravendyk National Poetry PrizeMap of an Onion

Map of an Onion - by Kenji C. LiuColony, conquest, citizenship, language, place—the almost infinite severances of power and culture, ultimately, a ‘paper cut theater.’ Here, Kenji C. Liu lays out the splicing of the onion, these blistering, translucent stacks of report, bilingual document, letters, notes, found materials and calcified fever-cells. These are investigations, surgeries, all crossing attempts to map some kind of in-between set of scars and wounds of ‘advice and consolation.’ Applaud it for its tough, serious, exacting pen and eye and mind, for its howl, its losses, findings and knife-thin metaphysical peeling gestures. I am in true awe of Kenji’s writing and poetics. Here, he gives us a 21st century read at ‘luminescent level.’ A groundbreaking giant, this collection.

Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States, 2015-17

2017, Goodmorning Menagerie PressCraters: A Field Guide

Craters overpours with animal (including Godzilla), vegetable, and mineral, but of an unfamiliar nature that’s already [ir]radiated and changed its patterns and behaviors — it’s an adaptation that borders [on] monstrosity, speaking a contorted but high register language that tries to resist colonial rules, while also doing its best to get rid of any scabs left by them.

MH, Anomaly

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Digital illustrations
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Stationery concepts
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Watercolor and digital
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Poetry broadside, 3-color risograph
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Brochure cover concepts
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Dynamic web infographic
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Website Facelift Progression
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