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.