River 慧瑩 Dandelion

Lance Cleland

River 慧瑩 Dandelion is a keeper of ancestral medicine through writing poetry, teaching, facilitating, and creating ceremony. he writes to connect with the unseen so we can feel and heal. River has been awarded fellowships from Kundiman, Asian American Writers’ Workshop, VONA/Voices of Our Nations, and more. his work is published and anthologized in Best New PoetsThe Offing, The Margins, Asian American Journal of Psychology, and elsewhere. he is the recent winner of the AWP Kurt Brown Prize for the title poem of his manuscript. River has performed and presented his work internationally from the Dodge Poetry Festival to the University of Havana. For more: riverdandelion.com.

Project Description: River will be working on his debut poetry collection on ancestral memory, reclaiming severed histories, matriarchal legacies, and self-remembrance.