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Two weeks ago, Koon Woon read at The Emerald Tablet in San Francisco, as part of their performance series “Under the Influence”. Thanks to the video below, you can hear him read Donald Justice’s “Incident in a Rose Garden (2),” in addition to Woon’s own award-winning poetry in Water Chasing Water.


We wish Koon Woon enormous congratulations on his American Book Award win for Water Chasing Water, which he accepted last night. Water Chasing Water is the second poetry collection we have published with Koon Woon, the first being The Truth in Rented Rooms. We could not be prouder of his accomplishments and recognition–of which he […]


We are ecstatic to announce that Kaya Press poet Koon Woon has been awarded a 35th annual American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for his collection Water Chasing Water. The American Book Award aims to recognize a set of books and people for outstanding literary achievement with a focus on multiculturalism and free expression. […]


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— Junot Díaz