Jireh Deng

Jireh (they/them) is a queer Taiwanese/Hong Konger American poet and journalist born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley. Their work appears in the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, the podcast VS, The Rumpus, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Human Rights Campaign and more. In summer 2021 they interned at the L.A. Times and is currently interning at NPR. When they aren’t writing, you can probably find them cooking noodles or fried rice for loved ones.

You can follow their work on Instagram and Twitter at @jireh_deng or at jirehdeng.com

Artist Work

APA Out Loud: “This body is (not) a virus" by Jireh Deng (2021)
In celebration of Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month, we introduce APA Out Loud, a video series spotlighting prominent APA spoken word artists and poets. We kick things off with “This body is (not) a virus” by Jireh Deng. HRC Introduces 'APA Out Loud' In Honor Of Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month. https://www.hrc.org/news/hrc-introduc... HRC celebrates and honors Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month by introducing our Asian and Pacific American Out Loud campaign. APA Out Loud aims to spotlight the beauty, talent, boldness, and resilience of the APA community while also highlighting the intersectionality of LGBTQ APA identities and communities. The inspiration for this campaign arose from the intent to create platforms for LGBTQ APA voices at a time when legislatures across the U.S. are targeting LGBTQ people and when APA people are experiencing unprecedented levels of hate-filled harassment and violence. Our APA Out Loud campaign consists of a spoken word video series in partnership with Asian American Writers’ Workshop and Youth Speaks. The videos, featuring three young LGBTQ APA spoken word artists, bring visibility to the legacy of issues impacting people who live at the intersections of LGBTQ and APA identities. #AsianandPacificAmericanHeritageMonth #APA #LGBTQ #LGBT #HRC

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APA Out Loud: "This body is (not) a virus" by Jireh Deng

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Girl in Isolation (2020)
Directed by Anthony D. Frederick Based on a poem by Jireh Deng This film is part of "Blooming in the Whirlwind" – an experiment in collaboration co-created, produced and supported by the award-winning artist collective and production incubator Level Ground. Inspired by the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks, the project aims to offer thoughtful, challenging and ultimately hopeful reflections on how we may continue to 'bloom in the whirlwind' of this turbulent year.

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Girl in Isolation

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Rumpus Original Poetry: Three Poems by Jireh Deng (2021)

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Rumpus Original Poetry: Three Poems by Jireh Deng

Rumpus Original Poetry: Three Poems by Jireh Deng An Algorithm Matches Me With a Nice Girl and I Tell Her I have always been grasping for words like when my mother phones customer service dressed in her best American Accent TM. I was a part of a music program, Giving Bach; she pronounced it bark.

editorial, lifestyle, street & concert photography (2022)
Los Angeles captured on digital and film photography by Jireh Deng

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editorial, lifestyle, street & concerts

Los Angeles captured on digital and film photography by Jireh Deng

Mixed Media Design (2022)
(1) I worked with the head of brand licensing, Jane Scott, and the vendor, Raygun, to design NPR’s National Public Gaydio t-shirt and accompanying sticker. (2) During the pandemic years of 2020 to 2021, I created a series of thematic cardboard collages that were mainly cut from pages of The New Yorker. All are available to print on request.

Link to Mixed Media Design https://jirehdeng.com/mixed-media/