POETRY & ESSAYS
Landia excavates literal and figurative borderlands—redrawn boundaries, architectural palimpsests, underground transport systems—to reckon with the historical and cultural forces that shape our cities and our intimate lives.
In her impressive debut collection, Celina Su extends the possibilities of the poetic, bringing as much careful attention (and firsthand experience) to the concrete details of what she calls “prosaic subjection” as she does to the syntax and moods of poetic language. In this particular political moment, the poems in Landia feel especially urgent... Landia brings together the freedom of the poetic imagination and the realities of state and corporate power, forcing us to re-think the borders of the literary and of the political.
—Dorothy Wang, author of Thinking Its Presence
A consummate wordsmith, Celina Su’s Landia... proves that mapping is as subjective as memory and language, and that the Chinatown movie theater is the center of the universe—until it isn’t.
—Paul Beatty, author of The Sellout
A capacious and much needed response to America’s rising xenophobia... this most sophisticated poetry about our networked society is a set of maps of our shifting and vanishing neighborhoods, tastes and citizenships.
—Alissa Quart, author of Monetized
In the dream-real spaces of “succulent mines,” words travel, dart, bleed, and hide like refugees, like aid workers, like artists, like animals, like exiles, like warriors. The unsettled unsettles everywhere. And yet is seen, known, made viscerally apparent in Celina Su’s astonishing poems.
—Cindi Katz, author of Growing Up Global
Celina Su’s anti-imperial glossaries and roving dérives... evoke a radically different kind of civic engagement... “Between points A and B” obtains a lyric solidarity, and I thrill to that prospect.
—Cam Scott, McNally Jackson Bookstore, author of Romans/ Snowmare
Poetry Foundation Staff Pick for 2018
Entropy Magazine Best Poetry of 2018 List
Poetry Society of America "Take Note: Eleven New Collections by Asian American Poets" by Aimee Nezhukumatathil List
Reviewed in Ordinary State by Sahar Romani, at Entropy.
"Celina Su’s Landia could be the future of English poetry." Reviewed in "Reduced to Wordlessness" by Tse Hao Guang, at Singapore Unbound.
SELECTED ESSAYS & STORIES
A Protective Archipelago: A Covid-19 Correspondence. With Wah-Ming Chang. Brooklyn Rail.
Small Talk. Poetry Foundation Harriet Blog.
A Collage in Progress. Poetry Foundation Harriet Blog.
A Hand, A Question, and A Path of Desire. Poetry Foundation Harriet Blog.
To Take Lightly. Museum of Your Parents' Things.
Missing Persons. CultureStr/ke.
Holiday in Cambodia. n+1.
I am Your Electric Fan. XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics.
Fathom Deeply, with Wah-Ming Chang. Poetry Foundation Harriet Blog.
For the Slate Magazine podcast Employee of the Month.
For the Poetry Foundation/ PRX podcast PoetryNow, on Terra Pericolosa.
At Literary Hub, with Vi Khi Nao.
At Brooklyn Poets, as featured Poet of the Week.
MIEL Books Microseries, 2015
With Ariana Reines, Belladonna* Chaplet Series, 2013
JFK Airport. New York Times Magazine.
Terra Pericolosa. PoetryNow.
Tax Season. Brooklyn Poets.
The Following are Proposed Facticities. Poetry Project.
4 poems. Brooklyn Rail.
Route 1095. Boston Review.
22. Zócalo Public Square.
Excerpt from Notes on the Shape of Absence. Poem-a-Day, Academy of American Poets.
JFK Airport. The Margins.
Critical Care; In 2044, A Waning Moon; The 403 Is Not Verboten; This Augmented Fantasy of the Known. In Devouring the Green: Fear of a Human Planet: An Anthology of New Writing Paperback by Sam Witt (Editor), Christopher J. Arabadjis (Illustrator), and Debra Di Blasi.
Bloody Paper Pulp. Almost Five Quarterly.
Aubade: At the Bus Shelter. Sand, Issue 9.
Swami Youth League, March 1971. The Margins.
Una Abuelita Para Cada Plaza Pública. Edna.
Between the Chifa and the Red Lanterns. Drunken Boat, Volume 16.
Growing Watermelons. 580 Split, Issue 13.
Sleep-Deprived, Mobile My Socioeconomic; Governmentality. Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology.
We Shopped Sweat. Open City.
Means-Tested Manifesto. Truck.
5 poems. Action, Yes, Volume 1, Issue 14.
To Steal Oneself; I'm Stuck. Aufgabe, Issue 9.
Postcarded in Cuba; These Strengths and Difficulties. Sous Rature, 2ssue, Winter.
All the Same. HazMat Review, Volume 10, Issue 2.
Chai-Dan Submits Three Aims. 88: A Journal of Contemporary American Poetry, Volume 6.
Titration; Hear Us Our Call Upon Duct Tape. Diner, Volume 5, Number 2.
Split Ends. Indefinite Space.
Senators Join Hands, to Want. Lilies and Cannonballs Review, Volume 2, Number 1.