The Poetry Project


She Follows No Progression: A Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Reader

Please join The Poetry Project and Wendy’s Subway to celebrate the release of She Follows No Progression: A Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Reader.

The event will be hosted by Juwon Jun and Rachel Valinsky, and feature readings and performances by contributors to the book, including Marian Chudnovsky, Anton Haugen, Irene Hsu, Sunny Iyer, Valentina Jager, Youbin Kang, Andrew Yong Hoon Lee, Flo Li, Serubiri Moses, Jed Munson, Yves Tong Nguyen, Teline Trần, and Soyoung Yoon.

We hope you can join us at 7:30 for a pre-event reception!

This event will also be livestreamed for free on The Poetry Project's YouTube channel.


She Follows No Progression reflects on the plurality of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951–1982)’s work and legacy, collecting essays, personal narratives, poems, conversations, letters, and the extratextual in a reader that attests to Cha’s genre-bending vision and political imagination. The writers, artists, scholars, organizers, and educators collected here, each unique in their voice and method, multiply approaches to language, colonial history, migration, and time in dialogue with Cha’s unequivocally interdisciplinary practice. Their contributions traverse subjects from Asian American studies to literary history, translation, film theory, and experimental poetics, while attending to the gaps between these fields and the intractable entanglements of race, class, and gender that underlie them. She Follows No Progression echoes Cha’s appeal for a liberatory horizon emergent from all that we are affixed to in the present.

She Follows No Progression is published on the occasion of the 2022 program, The Quick and the Dead: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Edition. The Quick and the Dead is a yearlong, multiphase project that highlights the life, work, and legacy of a deceased writer by bridging their work to that of contemporary practitioners. In its third year, the program focused on Theresa Hak Kyung Cha.

More about the book here.