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Yesterday’s Goo: Jenny Zhang and Panda Wong


Jenny Zhang and Panda Wong discuss the poetics of disgust, of abjection, and of grief.

About the Event

‘I kept dripping yesterday’s goo’, Jenny Zhang writes, in her collection My Baby First Birthday. Poems can be glorious repositories for the gooey, the disgusting, the visceral, the scatological. What can we read into such abject textures? Panda Wong writes, ‘memories are the meat of the world. I’m chewing over them like sinew.’ In this conversation, poets Jenny Zhang and Panda Wong discuss their poetics of disgust, of abjection, and of grief.


Presented in partnership with Liminal


Full $19
Concession $15
Pay What You Wish tickets are available for this event

75% of proceeds from Liminal Festival events will go towards future Liminal projects.

This event will be available to stream from the Online Events section of your Wheeler Centre online account from 10am Sunday 4 August until 11.59pm Sunday 11 August AEST.


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About Liminal Festival

Bringing together some of the continent’s most talented writers, the Liminal Festival contemplates the language of our shared histories and future.

The Liminal Festival is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.


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Panda Wong

Panda Wong is a poet living on unceded Wurundjeri land. Working across sound, performance and the digital, her practice circles around the void. In 2022, her first chapbook angel wings dumpster fire (2022) was published by Puncher & Wattmann. This was followed shortly by her debut poetry EP, ... Read more

Jenny Zhang

Jenny Zhang is the author of Sour Heart and My Baby First Birthday. She also writes for tv and film.

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