Poem in Volume 1
“Sailing with Memories of Li Hong” — Pages 122-123
Poet’s Note in Volume 1
Nellie Wong is the first U.S. born daughter of Chinese immigrant parents and was raised in Oakland, California. She is the author of three collections of poetry. Two of her poems are enshrined in public sites in San Francisco where she lives and works. Her awards include The women’s Foundation of San Francisco “Women of Words” Award, the University of California Santa Barbara’s Asian Pacific American Faculty and Staff Association Award for her contribution to the Asian American community, and the Kearney Street Workshop Award for her long-term work as a poet and community activist. Her work has been published in Chinese, Spanish, French and Italian. She has contributed her poems and essays to over 200 publications. A delegate to the San Francisco Labor Council for her union, University Professional and Technical Employees/CWA 9119, she is active in Bay Area United Against War (BAUAW), Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party. She is retired as a Senior Affirmative Action Analyst from the University of California, San Francisco. She is co-featured in the film, Mitsuye & Nellie, Asian American Poets, by Allie Light and Irving Saraf. Her recent poems have appeared in Meridians, Comet, and Stereoptican. Her poem, “Praise Song for a Dead Girl,” was chosen by San Francisco Poet Laureate, devorah major, as part of the project, “City Reflections: War and Peace on Our Streets.”
Acknowledgments, Permission and Copyright in Volume 1
Nellie Wong: “Sailing with Memories of Li Hong” by Nellie Wong is printed herein by permission of Nellie Wong. Copyright © by Nellie Wong.