First Person: Poet Nellie Wong on Writing and Fighting for Radical Social Change

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Poet Nellie Wong. (Courtesy of Nellie Wong)

A self-described “Chinese American revolutionary feminist,” poet Nellie Wong did not always envision herself as a writer or an activist. It was during her 30s, when Wong enrolled in San Francisco State University, that she says her “world opened” to creative writing, ethnic studies classes and the Freedom Socialist Party. Those experiences sparked a new sense of purpose in her life that she actively carries on today at age 85. As part of Forum’s First Person series, which profiles Bay Area figures who make the region unique, we’ll talk to Wong about her life, poetry and experience fighting for social change.



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Nellie Wong, poet; author, "Breakfast Lunch Dinner”: co-founder, Unbound Feet Writing Collective