Please join us for an Off the Page reading by Ava Chin, Queens College alumna and author of Mott Street: A Chinese American Family’s Story of Exclusion and Homecoming, in conversation with Frank H. Wu, president of Queens College.
Books will be available for purchase via Kew & Willow Bookstore.
AVA CHIN is the author of the award-winning Eating Wildly and Mott Street, which was named a Best Book of 2023 by TIME, the San Francisco Chronicle, Kirkus Reviews, and Elle and appeared in the 2024 American Library Association’s Notable Books List. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, Spin, and VIBE. She is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, the Fulbright Program, The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), New York Institute for the Humanities, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She received a PhD from the University of Southern California, an MA from Johns Hopkins, and a BA from the English Department at Queens College. She is a professor of creative nonfiction at the College of Staten Island and the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is the
head of the American Studies certificate program.
FRANK H. WU serves as the eleventh President of Queens College. He was a member of the faculty at Howard University, the nation’s leading historically black college/university (HBCU), for a decade. Frank is the author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White. Prior to his academic career, he held a clerkship with the late U.S. District Judge Frank J. Battisti in Cleveland and practiced law with the firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. He received a BA from the Johns Hopkins University and a JD with honors from the University of Michigan.