Writing Towards a Better World – Ally Ang

Ally Ang’s project for the 2022 Jack Straw Writers Program is a full-length poetry collection they call an offering to their ghosts and ancestors. In their conversation with curator Michael Schmeltzer, they talk about the importance of documenting for future generations, processing feelings of loneliness and anger, and the discipline of hope. “Even when I am writing from a really dark and seemingly hopeless place, I do try to tap into that joy, that levity, that hope, and that kind of helps me feel like I am building something.”

Music by Ran Park, produced through the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.