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CARMIN WONG

Carmin Wong is a Guyanese-born poet, playwright, teaching artist, and student of African diasporic literature. She received fellowships from the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University; the (IRT) Institute for Recruitment of Teachers, Phillips Academy Andover; and the Cooper-DuBois Mentoring program at Pennsylvania State University. Wong holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Playwriting from Howard University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing Poetry from (UNO) The University of New Orleans. At UNO, she proudly served as one of two Black womxn associate poetry editors of Bayou Magazine.

 

Wong's poetry has been broadcasted on WRBH 88.3 FM: Reading Radio for the Blind & Print Impaired. She was named as a recipient of the 2021 Project Grant in New Orleans by Poets & Writers and a recipient of the 2020 “pet project” grant by Jeremy O. Harris and The Bushwick Starr. Wong was awarded an honorable mention for the 2020 Andrea Saunders Gereighty/Academy of American Poets College Poetry Award and the Peauxdunque Review Words and Music Writing Competition. Her poem, “The Proper Way To Prepare The U.S. Flag," was named as “Poem of The Week” by Split This Rock! DC. Her poems can be found in various online and print publications.

 

Notably, Wong has performed her work live at Lincoln Center, Scholastic Auditorium, and the Nuyorican Poets Café. Her theatrical debut occurred at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She is the playwright of Criminalize Me!, which premiered in 2020 and was turned into a short film (due to COVID-19) produced by regional theater, Theater Alliance, in Washington, DC. 

 

Wong's commitment to educating the public about Black arts and culture prompted her to create and curate What You Reading? The Series podcast. She is also the co-founder of Carmin & Aye's Prom Giveaway and Fundraiser.