Archived entries for Friends of HAL

Incubator Project returns

IncubatorProj-posterThe Incubator Project returns, inviting Shanghai denizens to a bilingual celebration of creativity. Writers, poets, storytellers, photographers, painters, etc., are invited to bring their works or come listen.

Interested in presenting or performing? Contact Mark Talacko at xiamenkid(at)yahoo(dot)com.

The Incubator Project
Poems. Stories. Art. Photography. Beer. Magic.
Open stage for the 申’s Creatives
Thursday 18 July, 8:00pm
Café la Mer, 677 Julu Rd. (near Shaanxi S. Metro lines 1 & 7)  131-2265-5521 


Dena Rash Guzman poetry in convenient book form

 The poetry and stories of Dena Rash Guzman should be no stranger to anyone who’s followed links of literary delight to/on or Unshod Quills (among many other publications). From the wry, the whimsical, the titillating, this lady’s got a way with words.

Her collection of poems, Life Cycle, is now on sale at Powell’s Books, where it’s made its way up the top-seller chart, and at St. Johns Booksellers.

Expect Life Cycle in Asia soon via H.A.L. Publishing.


The XX Factor: Women telling stories

This Saturday, join mamagushi and H.A.L. for a night of storytelling at 390 Panyu Lu. Featured previously in H.A.L. LiT, mamagushi brings together Shanghai storytellers for performances of their own real life stories.

Stories by Charlene Liu, Johanna Hoopes, Lindsay Redifer, Robin Silver, and Chelsea Stone.

Happy hour at Panyu 390 includes a 2-for-1 special on wine, Stella Draft, and Sailor Jerry Rum drinks.

Panyu Lu 390
Near Fahuazhen Lu
7:30 sharp, RMB 100


Storytelling event for charity: Giving Thanks – Dec 6, 8pm

Join Mamagushi and HAL for an evening of storytelling December 6th at 8pm at City Bull with performances by Lindsay Redifer, W. M. Butler, and Danny Hwang.

Proceeds from the evening go to providing holiday care packages to orphan girls in Qinghai.

City Bull
Metropolitan Building, 2nd floor
Nanjing Dong Lu near Henan Zhong Lu
(Above the Apple Store)
RMB 200, all proceeds go to charity


United Verses returns

From our friends at United Verses:

July 7, 4pm
James Cohan Gallery, Building 1, 1F, 170 Yueyang Lu, near Jianguo Xi Lu
Free Entrance

United Verses is a Shanghai-based organization committed to promoting poetry in translation and furthering communication between Chinese and English language poets. The group was founded by four expat poets in Shanghai who were looking not only to share their poetry, but also to establish relationships with Shanghai’s vast community of local poets. The idea was to gather together a group of Chinese and English language poets, get their poems translated and then organize a reading where both versions would be read so that everyone, regardless of language ability, could enjoy everyone else’s poems.

The first United Verses, held at Anar on July 23, 2011, featured six Chinese poets and six English language poets as well as musical performances from four local singer-songwriters, two Chinese and two American. Every word was translated and, given the size of the crowd, most likely enjoyed as well. After two more successful readings at 2666 Library and M50’s Image Tunnel, the fourth installment of United Verses comes to the James Cohan Gallery. One of Shanghai’s premier art galleries, the venue will undoubtedly provide interesting synergies between poetry and visual art.

Hope to see you there! |


Incubator Project: Bilingual fiction, poetry….


Drop by Café la Mer for an open stage evening of poetry, fiction, art, and photography in English and Chinese.  H.A.L.’s own Björn will be among the evening’s readers and drinkers.   Continue reading…


ArtMachine — July 7 ArtWalk Moganshan

Not actually from Moganshan Lu.

On a recent trip to M50, HAL friend Bree of Dyce Productions found herself surprised at the amount of pretty terrible art out on display. With that in mind, July 7th’s ArtMachine workshop focuses on making the bad or not-so-great better.  Take it away Bree:

MoganSHAM-or- Reworked
Find a piece of art you think is terrible and make it better — or even worse until it’s cool.

Your Mission: Find a piece of artwork that is “not quite there” or “is missing something” or is “just plain bad”, and rework it into something new and interesting—paying attention to composition, colors, and inspiring message or theme. Bonus points if you do some research on the artist and tell us about them. *Remember* you can stalk almost every living artist in China on Weibo!

Match the Medium: Use the same materials the original artist used to create the piece. If you don’t want to do that, at least try use the same style the artist worked in

1. Your Theme Artpeice
2. A photgraph of the orginal artwork
3. Sketchbook, pen, pencils

Size: Artist’s choice. Work in what ever size you feel comfortable — it’s better if you try to match the size but understandable if this isn’t realistic.

Cost: Free!

If you like the theme for this week, please create a piece of work.

On Sunday June 10 at 6:30 bring your work to Bell Bar. (A projector or tv screen will be available , so for all you digital artists and those of you who work in a large scale. Bring your own computer or at least a USB key!!). We’ll do an introduction of the theme, and each artist will be given the chance to present their artwork and receive feedback from fellow artists. After the critique period we’ll do some skill development and practice some different artistic techniques (line work, composition, sketch drills, etc…).

This is not an art class, it is a chance for fully skilled artists to share their input with each other in an effort to improve the overall quality of their art.

There is no obligation to participate every week. If you like the theme, create something! If you don’t, you can just come and offer opinions or don’t come at all. No worries.

Theme for July 15: MoganSHAM – Reworked
Medium: Same as original art piece
Size: Artist’s choice

Sunday, July 7. Art walk in Moganshan Lu. 3pm meet at the café near entrance of M50.
Sunday, July 15. ArtMachine Workshop 6:30-8:30 at Bell Bar in Tianzifang.


Performances and talks at Colorbox Arts: poetry, art and short fiction

When: Sunday, April 22 from 1-3pm

Where: 383 Xiangyang Lu #20, Third Floor (see more at:

20 RMB gets you free drinks & snacks + three great talks:

Tim Tomlinson | “You Are What You Drink”

Tim will read a story and a few associated poems, all coming out of experience of New Orleans, and talk a little about the impact of place in general—and New Orleans in particular—on his imagination (and liver).

Monika Lin | Double Happiness and Take Away

Monika will discuss the role of narrative in two bodies of work: Double Happiness, composed of painted layers sealed in resin above complex patterns formed by a virtual pharmacy’s worth of psychopharmaceuticals, and Take Away, a series of rice-and-tape sculptures frozen with resin blocks cast in Shanghai restaurant take-away containers.

Katrina Hamilton | Short Stories

Hong Kong native and Shanghai resident Katrina will read short fiction. Much of her work stems directly from her experience of China, including a stint living in Chengdu and a lot of travel.

More about Tim, Monika and Katrina

Tim Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. He is the fiction editor of the webzine Ducts. Recent work appears or is forthcoming online and in print in Asia Writes, Caribbean Vistas, InterlitQ, Mandala Journal, The New Poet, the New York Quarterly, Pank, Prick of the Spindle, riverbabble, Salt River Review, and in the anthology Long Island Noir (Akashic Books). He was featured poet in Saxifrage Press (Dec 2011). “Blue Surge, with Prokoviev,” in Sea Stories, was nominated for Best of the Net 2011.

Monika Lin studied fine art at the College of Creative Studies at the University of California and lived and worked for 12 years in San Francisco, where she is represented by Toomey-Tourell Fine Art (where Double Happiness appeared). After teaching painting practice and theory at the Kansas City Art Institute for several years, she moved to Shanghai, where she works in her studio on, teaches and runs the Colorbox Creative Arts Center. Recent installation work has shown in Shanghai at OV Gallery (where Take Away was recently shown), Recent work has also been shown in a group exhibition held in both Beijing and Paris. She is represented by galleries in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Kansas City, and Shanghai.

Katrina Hamlin is a journalist and writer living and working in Shanghai. Originally from Hong Kong, she has also lived in England and Chengdu. Katrina’s articles and stories appear in the Shanghai-based HAL publications’ books (Party Like It’s 1984 and Middle Kingdom Underground) and website, the Chengdu-based MALA literary journal, the Curious Ant and ThinkSix web projects, and Shanghai Business Review magazine, which she edits.



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