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'Real Asian poets' fight back in Best American Poetry race row

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The Asian American Writers’ Workshop has been tweeting the names and work of actual Asian poets after white writer Michael Derrick Hudson used a Chinese pseudonym to make it into the Best American Poetry anthology

Readers are being urged to seek out the work of “actual Asian poets” in the wake of the revelation that white writer Michael Derrick Hudson assumed a Chinese pseudonym to make it into the Best American Poetry anthology.

The hashtag #ActualAsianPoets has swept Twitter after publication of the anthology last week, in which Hudson, a white American from Indiana, admits in his biographical notes that his poem The Bees, the Flowers, Jesus, Ancient Tigers, Poseidon, Adam and Eve was turned down 40 times when he submitted it under his own name, but when he submitted it as Yi-Fen Chou, he received just nine rejections before being accepted.

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