Mei Mei Berssenbrugge reads from "Empathy"
On November 12, 2013, Mei Mei Berssenbrugge gave a reading at the Kelly Writers House. She began the reading with the opening section of an early poem, “Empathy,” published in the book of the same name (1989). For more information about the event, and a bio profile of the poet, and links to full audio and video recordings of the entire reading, go here. The introduction to the reading was given by Charles Bernstein. Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge is the author of The Heat Bird (1983), winner of the American Book Award; Empathy (1989), winner of the PEN West Award; Sphericity (1993); Endocrinology (1997), a collaboration with the artist Kiki Smith; Four Year Old Girl (1998), winner of the Western States Book Award; Nest (2003); and I Love Artists: New and Selected Poems (2006). Berssenbrugge was born in Beijing, the daughter of a Chinese mother and an American father who was the son of Dutch immigrants. Her mother was a mathematician, and her maternal grandmother received a college education in prerevolutionary China.