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 "These final poems are wild, stirring, devastating. You should read them if you want someone to wake up your heart."—Ken Chen, Executive Director, The Asian American Writers' Workshop

We recently lost a poet and friend at Blue Begonia Press. In December of 2013, Kim-An Lieberman passed away from cancer at the age of 39.

In Orbit, Kim-An Lieberman's second collection of poems, is now available. There will be a community reading to honor her poetry and spirit hosted by Jack Straw Production in early May. We'll update the place and time as details are finalized.


In OrbitKim-An Lieberman

You can order a copy of In Orbit here

ISBN: 0-911287-70-1 

68 pages

Kim-An Lieberman's  poems reach back to her roots in Vietnam and forward into her children's future, possibly without her, articulating the complicated dance among fate, choice and chance. In Orbit gives witness to an enduring connection to history and family, reminding us that "Even when we rinse the soil free, the long roots hold." —Elizabeth Austen

Kim-An Lieberman is a poet of speculation, a poet who knows that seemingly immutable forces like history and death are not static abstractions but imaginary states that we ourselves can dream and contest. In Orbit begins with Lieberman re-imagining anti-Chinese riots in Seattle and the lives of her Vietnamese migrant family and ends with what might in another poet seem to be the end of imagination: her own experience with cancer. These final poems are wild, stirring, devastating. You should read them if you want someone to wake up your heart. —Ken Chen



We have also received a second printing of first book, Breaking the Map (2008).
You can order Breaking the Map's second printing here:  

About the Author:

Kim-An Lieberman was a writer of Vietnamese and Jewish American descent, born in Rhode Island and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She studied at the University of Washington before earning a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. The author of one previous poetry collection, Breaking the Map (Blue Begonia, 2008), she also spent many years teaching literature and writing in kindergarten through college classrooms. Kim-An was diagnosed with late-stage gastric cancer in 2011 at the age of 38. She died in 2013.

Breaking the Map

$15.00 USD

ISBN: 978-0911287-61-5    

ISBN:  0-911287-61-2     

A poet’s journey through mythical Vietnam, contemporary America, and the enduring landscape of memory.

Breaking the Map calls itself a book of poetry, but in reality it’s Kim-An Lieberman carrying, by hand, words, images, songs, stories and laying them in front of the reader. And whatever forty-year-old image we might still remember from Vietnam or America that is part real and part television, she makes whole, new, and vibrant. She makes us a witness more than reader.”   –Shawn Wong

“Kim-An Lieberman’s gorgeous poems don’t just map human experience, they crawl through its dust, searching. Her subjects are sometimes mythical, fanciful—a lover sprouts wings, a water buffalo arrives in the suburbs—but even the mundane is magnifed by language that is startling, and exquisitely precise, that I couldn’t put out of my mind. The opening Vietnam sequence is a perfectly-pitched love song to a country ‘glinting just beyond the edge of vision.’ Lieberman’s ear is unerring, her hunger insatiable.”            

–Kathleen Flenniken

“Simply put, this is a wonderful first collection. Kim-An Lieberman really has broken the map. Each poem asks us to stand on the edge of things and wave hello—or good-bye—as if it matters. This is a geography that demands attention.”

–Samuel Green

Kim-An Lieberman holds a Ph.D. in English, specializing in Vietnamese American literature, from the University of California-Berkeley. Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, ZYZZYVA, CALYX, Threepenny Review , and the anthology AsianAmerica.Net: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Cyberspace . She lives in Seattle.