Wednesday, July 5 – Karen An-hwei Lee

Today (Wednesday, 2 pm) on KPFK’s Bibliocracy Radio, my guest is a scholar, poet and, lately fiction writer out with a novella exploring issues of history, identity, perspective and literary agency, in a playful, self-aware, empowering and ultimately too good to be true tale of the reappearance of Franz Kafka in Southern California, where he is chaperoned around town before a meeting with Hollywood studio types.  The enviable premise aside, in her novella Sonata in K poet Karen An-hwei Lee insists on arranging and rearranging Kafka’s worldview by way of the narrator K’s —as in, yes, perhaps  Karen’s — own requirements, and giving the writer of existential absurdity a chance at apprehending our own weird circumstance.  Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of Phyla of Joy , Ardor, and In Medias Res, winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America.  She teaches at Point Loma Nazarene University.  Thanks for listening.