Instructions for a Child of an Assembly Line

By Brian Dang

(for mom)

Text of Brian Dang's poem

B.6-7: Cathy Linh Che
B.24-5: Solmaz Sharif
B.33-4: Kaveh Akbar
C.6i: Cathy Park Hong

Headshot of Brian Dang

Brian Dang (they/them) is a Vietnamese/Chinese playwright, poet, mentor, and mutual-aid worker based in Duwamish Territory (Seattle). Brian is a proud resident playwright at Parley. For Brian, writing is an act of envisioning an eventual communing and an opportunity to freeze time as we know it. Their writing has been workshopped with Seattle Opera, Pork Filled Productions, Karen’s Secret Army, Theatre Battery, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Brian was a 2020-21 Hugo House Fellow. Their play h*llo k*tty syndrome was supported by 4Culture and Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. Their next project, 49 words I wish I could write in my family’s language, will be supported through 4Culture and the Seattle CityArtist program. They’re grateful for having somehow convinced the world they can read and write.

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