Late Night Library

Cathy Linh Che – Split

Late Night Debut, hosted by Amber Keller

This month we feature Cathy Linh Che’s debut poetry collection, Split, from Alice James Books. “Cathy Linh Che’s first collection, Split, is a brave, delicate, and terrifying account of what we do to each other. Here’s a voice that has to speak.” – Yusef Komunyakaa

Act 1: Host Amber Keller covers controversial and entertaining book stories in the news
Act 2: Co-host authors Emily Yoon and W.M. Lobko discuss Cathy’s debut
Act 3: Paul Martone talks with Cathy about how they met, Sigmund Freud, the Vietnam War and the shaping of Split

“These topics of child molestation or even my parents’ personal narratives of the war have often been, in my mind, either silent, or silenced, or just not understood or not heard.”

Cathy Linh Che's Split


Win a free copy of Che’s Split by listening to tonight’s episode and being the first listener to correctly answer the following questions: 1) Which American movie from the ’80s appears in one of the poems discussed by Emily and Wil? 2) What program were Paul and Cathy working for when they met?

Listen to the conversation and then email your answers to


Cathy Linh Che is a Vietnamese American poet from Los Angeles, CA. She has received awards from The Asian American Literary Review, The Center for Book Arts, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Hedgebrook, Kundiman and elsewhere. She is a founding editor of Paperbag.


Emily YoonEmily Yoon is a poet-in-training. Her poems have been awarded an International Merit Award from the Atlanta Review, Poem of Distinction in the Writecorner Press poetry contest, and an Iris N. Spencer Poetry undergraduate poetry award, and have been published in The Hive: APIARY Digital Edition and elsewhere.

W.M. Lobko

W.M. Lobko’s poems, interviews and reviews have appeared in Hunger Mountain, Kenyon Review, The Paris-American and elsewhere. A Pushcart Prize nominee and a semi-finalist for the 92Y / Boston Review “Discovery” Prize, he edits TUBA, a review of poetry & art.



Correction: In the first news story, Amber Keller stated that Third Place Books sold 30 copies of The Silkworm on the first day. They actually sold 60 copies of the book.

Posted on: June 26, 2014 · Homepage, Late Night Debut ·

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