Cameron Quan Louie lives in Tucson, where he teaches high school English. He served on the board of directors with POG from 2018-2021. In Seattle, he received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington and interned with Wave Books. His poem, “Shaving before we go to visit your father” was selected for the 2020 Best New Poets Anthology. He was a 2019 grant recipient from the Arts Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona for a photo and poetry project examining domestic violence in Tucson. Cameron also collaborated with visual artist Ryna Frankel in the 2016 Multiplying Mediums Fellowship. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and he received the 2017 McLeod-Grobe Prize for Poetry. His chapbook, Apology Engine (Gold Line Press, 2022) was selected by Trace Peterson for the Gold Line Press 2020 Chapbook Contest. You can find his recent poems, prose, and erasures in Entropy, Sonora Review, The Spectacle, Fourth Genre, Quarterly West, The Margins, and Pacifica Literary Review, among others.
If you ever meet Cameron in the wild, here are some helpful tips: he doesn’t mind small talk, especially if it’s about the weather, which he thinks is worthy of our admiration and will probably be nice next week. He will juggle, perform feats of strength, or whistle a merry tune for you if you give him grapefruit flavored La Croix. He wants to know about that podcast you love, that movie you hate—hot takes, in general, are welcome. He likes feelings, grey sweaters, and riding bicycles at night.