The Temple of Inconvenient Sisterhood

by Christine Shan Shan Hou and Vi Khi Nao


THE TEMPLE OF INCONVENIENT SISTERHOOD is a selection from a larger ekphrastic and reverse ekphrastic project between Vi Khi Nao and Christine Shan Shan Hou. Inspired by Public Domain images, the correspondence explores the interstices of art, queerness, and eroticism.

"The caretaker leads the giraffe

With elegance and charm across the courtyard

Even as the giraffe glares down in malice..."

CHRISTINE SHAN SHAN HOU is a poet and visual artist of Hakka Chinese descent. Their publications include the chapbook, Evolution of the Bullet (Bottlecap Press, 2023), written in collaboration with Vi Khi Nao; Playdate (White Columns, 2022); The Joy and Terror are Both in the Swallowing (After Hours Editions 2021); and Community Garden for Lonely Girls (Gramma Poetry 2017). Their artwork has been exhibited at White Columns and Deli Gallery in New York City. 

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VI KHI NAO is the author of seven poetry collections & of the short stories collection, A Brief Alphabet of Torture (winner of the 2016 FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize), the novel, Swimming with Dead Stars. Her poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014. Her book, Suicide: the Autoimmune Disorder of the Psyche is out of 11:11 in Spring 2023. The Fall 2019 fellow at the Black Mountain Institute, her work includes poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. She was the 2022 recipient of the Jim Duggins, PhD Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize.

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