This poetry reading by Ann Huang took place in 2012 at Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, California after Love Rhythms, her first chapbook, was published.
During the book signing portion of the event, Huang says she felt notably nervous and elated at the same time. It was her first public reading, so she was anxious about reciting her work in front of an audience. However, with friends and family present for the poetry reading, Huang quickly overcame her nervousness.
About 50 people gathered at Laguna Art Museum on an autumn night. Abstract expressionistic paintings surrounded the small crowd—which is one of Huang's favorite art epochs/genres—while poetic vibes oozed out of her tongue, skin, and body with the help of a cup of whiskey.
Huang describes the poetry reading experience as blissful. "After many years of trying to fit in with the literary world, from novella to non-fiction, and finally poetry, I was suddenly given wings to fly. It was magical. My audience was awestruck by my reading, and I was awestruck by myself!" Huang explains that she is typically tongue-tied when speaking in front of groups of people, but not that night. She was thrilled to have landed in the poetry world at last: the world that gave to her and the world that she would continue to contribute to for as long as possible.
During the poetry reading, Huang recited the following poems from Love Rhythms:
"Water Lilies and Monet"