THACKER MOUNTAIN RADIO HOUR: John (Jianqing) Zheng for A Way of Looking

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 6:00pm

 Live - in person - at the Oxford Old Armory Pavilion

Health protocols will be in place including socially distanced seating and masks when needed. 

Lawn chairs and picnics welcome. Bring family and friends and join us!

We’re asking our audience to please space their seating and keep the health of everyone in mind.


A Way of Looking is a powerful and original book. It is so concise and straightforward that it takes a few pages before one realizes how quietly complex it is. Zheng's form--half prose, half verse--is the sort of thing that might easily go wrong, but he uses it to give two succinct views of each moment in the personal narrative. It's as if he told an anecdote and then showed a photo that did not duplicate but amplify the story. A WAY OF LOOKING is a heartfelt account of exile and homecoming. It is a significant addition to the Asian-American literature of immigration.--Dana Gioia

About the Author

John (Jianqing) Zheng is the author of A Way of Looking, Enforced Rustication in the Chinese Cultural Revolution, The Landscape of Mind, and Delta Sun and editor of Conversations with Dana Gioia, Conversations with Sterling Plumpp, African American Haiku: Cultural Visions, Sonia Sanchez's Poetic Spirit through Haiku, and The Other World of Richard Wright: Perspectives on His Haiku. He received two literary fellowships from Mississippi Arts Commission and Fulbright Scholarship and teaches at Mississippi Valley State University.

Air times:
Thursday,  6:30 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi
Saturday, 7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting
9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio
3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Friday 9 am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio

Event address: 

Old Armory Pavilion
A Way of Looking Cover Image
ISBN: 9781878851727
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Silverfish Review Press - October 15th, 2021