The Shanghai Tunnels Project 2012

In 2012, HAL Publishing of Shanghai, China and its sister site, Unshod Quills of Portland, Oregon, teamed up with Monica Storss of Portland, Oregon and China’s JUE Arts and Music Festival to produce the first known China-US based video poetry festival. Submissions were sought and sent from all over the world. A panel of four officers with the Shanghai Tunnels Project prescreened the videos, selecting those for judging that most met their definition of video poetry. The original call for submissions, along with the rules and regulations,  can be found here, on Unshod Quills, and at HAL Publishing. 

Shanghai Tunnels Project
International Video Poetry Festival
$300 Grand Prize
in association with China’s

JUE Arts + Music Festival
Portland, Oregon – Shanghai, China
March 15 – 19, 2012
Screening: March 15 The Rabbit Hole, Shanghai
Screening: March 19, The Jack London, Portland 

Unshod Quills, Monica Storss and HAL Publishing present
the finalists, prizewinners and a special entry
to this historic, international, transPacific
moving poem festival. 


Judges Choice for Grand Prize –
“History of a Future”
Renee Reynolds – Olivier Wyart
Shanghai, China

Judges Tammy Ho Lai-Ming, Cha; Kevin Sampsell, Future Tense Books,
Mike Tsang, Penguin Books China, B Frayn Masters, Back Fence PDX;
Alex Pearson, Beijing Bookworm Literary Festival

Renee Reynolds is a freelance writer from Chicago living and working in Shanghai since 2007. Olivier Wyart is a freelance designer from Paris living and working in Shanghai since 2009. The poem was compiled over the course of five years in China by an American expatriate scribbling in the subways of Shanghai. The video ventures to visually straddle the mishmash of East, West, history and future colliding in the text.

Special Entry to the Shanghai Tunnels Project
“You Wait For Me With Dust”
by Liu Xiaobo – 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Produced by Martin Alexander, Shirley Lee and Harry Mayesh
Hong Kong – Oxford – People’s Republic of China – California 

(Editor’s note:  This is a love poem written in 1999 from a Chinese jail cell by the dissident writer, scholar  and political prisoner Liu Xiaobo, age 55, to his wife, Liu Xia. Imprisoned four times by the Chinese government for his political writings, Liu Xiaobo is currently serving an eleven year sentence in solitary confinement for “inciting subversion of state power.”

His wife, Liu Xia, is being held under de facto house arrest in Beijing until her husband’s release. She has been charged with, nor convicted of, any crime by any court of law.

In 2010, Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his long and nonviolent struggle to advocate for human rights in China.

Soon after, this poem was translated, with full permission, to English by Martin Alexander of The Asia Literary Review, Hong Kong. It was published in the Asia Literary Review, performed at the Berlin Literature Festival and featured on BBC in 2010. Mr. Alexander submitted this piece to the Shanghai Tunnels Project in 2012.

Performance of this piece, along with a reading of Liu Xiaobo’s  human rights manifesto, the Charter 08, is repeated every March 20 across the globe by literary organizations in protest of the imprisonment of Liu Xiaobo.
Because of Chinese government policies regarding the work of Liu Xiaobo in the PRC, this video was not able to be  promoted, judged, or scheduled for screening at the 2012 Shanghai Tunnels Project HAL Publishing event in Shanghai, but was premiered and screened in full on March 19  in Portland, Oregon.)

Watch “You Wait For Me With Dust” 

Portland, Oregon Sponsors Choice Award
“The Last Thing He Said”
Josh Fernandez & Carlos Amaya
Sacremento, California

 Josh Fernandez lives in Sacramento where he writes for, Boulder Weekly, San Antonio Current and the Sacramento News and Review.  He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his poem “The Last Thing He Said.” Fernandez’s collection of poems, Spare Parts and Dismemberment, was published by R.L. Crow in May, 2011.

Portland, Oregon Audience Choice Award

“Fight the Power”
Andrea Hope – Gordon Wilson – David Linde 
Portland, Oregon – Oregon City, Oregon – Seattle, Washington

Click to see Fight the Power

 Andrea Hope uses spoken word as one of many outlets to promote social consciousness and community building. You can find her biking in dresses, hosting couch surfers, teaching art, saying prayers, and hugging trees. She is a member of the Sparrow Ghost Collective and co-administrator of the Portland Poets Exchange.

Shanghai, China Audience Choice Award

 “Morning Commute”
Darcy Fisher – Stephen Koh – Salome Yuan
Shanghai, China

Darcy is a poet and teacher who has lived in Shanghai, China for three years. She is from Bloomington, Indiana, USA.

Wenderoth Award
for Excellence in Video Poetry
“Perhaps You See Where I Am Heading”
Michael Earl Craig and Dalton C. Brink

 awarded by Joe Wenderoth

Poet Michael Earl Craig’s most recent books are Thin Kimono (Wave Books) and Jombang Jet (Factory Hollow Press). He lives near Livingston, Montana where he works as a professional farrier. Dalton C. Brink is an author, painter, filmmaker, and musician, as well founder of the The Cottonwood Club where he lives in Bozeman, Montana.

All Other Finalists, By Region
North America 

“Crystal Cat”
Robert Duncan Gray 

Portland, Oregon

Robert Duncan Gray is an Englishman who grew up in the Black Forest of southwest Germany and currently lives and works in Portland, OR. He is an editor for Housefire Publishing.

“Your Limbs Will Be Torn Off In a Farm Accident”
Zachary Schomburg
Portland, Oregon

Zachary Schomburg is the author of three books of poetry: Fjords (Black Ocean, 2012), Scary, No Scary (Black Ocean, 2009), and The Man Suit (Black Ocean, 2007). A dvd of poem-films, Little Blind Thing, was published by Poor Claudia in 2010. He edits Octopus Books and lives in Portland, OR.

Air Woodbury – Blair Dykes – Matt Reed – Mark Cernigoj
Portland, Oregon – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Blair Dykes is No One Famous.  Based in Vancouver, BC, he makes the kind of films that aren’t seen very often – something he hopes to change by entering “Underground” in the Shanghai Tunnels Project, a film made in collaboration with the Portland OR poet, Air Woodbury.

“Eve Without Apples”
Lani Jo Leigh
Portland, Oregon

In 2001 Lani Jo Leigh picked up a video camera for the first time during travels to Antarctica. She’s been filming ever since. Her other creative outlet is writing, especially poetry.

“Left Villain Prototype”
Jacques Korn, Alex Oyung and Catvonhaufecooper
Sausalito, California

Jacques Korn is a filmmaker and poet who has been directing his movie in high-definition video since his move from New York City to the Bay Area. He works independently on low budgets projects with a small crew. He specializes in narrative short and long features.

“The Color of Dirt”
 Posie Currin
Portland, Oregon

Emilie-Rose Currin is a Portland multidisciplinary artists, musician and educator. Currin’s artwork converges video, sculpture, sound, performance and installation to create altered environments taking liberties with aleatoricism, alchemy and balance. Her ongoing inquiry explores the potential of artistic collaboration and the momentary disintegration of authorship in improvisational performances that generate conversations about engagement.


“Georgian Toilet Paper”
Fork Burke – Sophie Hofer
Biel-Bienne, Switzerland

Fork Burke`s poems have appeared in Hoezo Lepels?, PRAXILLA, Lyre Lyre, and Maintenant.   Licking Glass published 2010 is a book of poems poetic essays and other images.  Recordings include Fork Remixed.  She received her BA in Creative Writing in 2008 from The New School and currently lives and writes in Switzerland.


David Foote
Shanghai, China

David is a playwright and anthropologist currently doing field research for his Phd into the Western expat community in Shanghai.  Much of his creative output is therefore a product of procrastination, a pursuit in which he is expert.

Parcels of Me
Barbara Anderlič 
Shanghai, China

Slovenian-born translator Barbara mostly converses in foreign tongues, acts on stage, and sometimes writes. She’s called Shanghai home for the past year and a half and really likes the Chinese word for typewriter – daziji – the great hit/character/machine – but hasn’t made it to the Typewriter Museum.

Special Thanks to: 

The artists who submitted their moving poems to the Shanghai Tunnels Project
Future Tense Books, Portland, Oregon
Isabel Pearl, Portland, Oregon
The Jack London Bar, Portland, Oregon
JUE Arts Festival, Shanghai and Beijing, China
Maidenhair Productions, Portland, Oregon
The Rabbit Hole, Shanghai, China
Small Press Distribution, Berkeley, California
Stargazer Farm, Sandy, Oregon
Special thanks to Wendy Ellis of Unshod Quills and Miller Wey of HAL Publishing
for their support and hard work in relation to this project. More thanks to Reuben
Nisenfeld of Portland, Oregon and Leann O’Rourke of Portland, Oregon,
as well as Judy Osello of Portland, Oregon.
Alex Pearson (Beijing Bookworm Literary Festival)
B Frayn Masters (Producer, Back Fence PDX)
Joe Wenderoth (Author, Letters To Wendy’s)
Kevin Sampsell (Publisher, Future Tense Publishing)
Mike Tsang (Editor, Penguin Books China)
Tammy Ho Lai-Ming (Editor, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal)
Shanghai Tunnels Project International Video Poetry Festival
March 15 – 19, 2012
Portland – Shanghai
Best wishes from,
Bjorn Wahlstrom, Founder – HAL Publishing, Shanghai China
W.M. Butler, Creative Director & Partner – HAL Publishing, Shanghai, China
Monica Storss – Monica Storss Publicity – Portland, Oregon
Dena Rash Guzman, Founding Editor – Unshod Quills, Portland, Oregon
& Managing Director North America, HAL Publishing, Shanghai

The Shanghai Tunnels Project


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