Ad Học

Teline Trn

September 2023
Softcover, 44 pages, 8.5 x 5.5 inches
Design by Castle Córdoba
Printed in Massachusetts 
Edition of 250
12 USD

About the book

Teline Trn's Ad Học traverses the improvisational structures that shape social life in order to reflect their valences as both insufficient and abundant. In their first poetry chapbook, Trn locates those junctures with bittersweet pleasure and biting critique and asks how to sustain both at once. This is, Trn shows us, the work of living, against and within the ongoing attrition and amnesia at scales historical and governmental, interpersonal, familial, and social. Ad Học asks the reader to turn inwards, towards a personal politic, to self-revolution, in order to seek horizons dreamier, queerer, and hopefully insurgent.

About the author

Teline Trn is a writer from Orange, California or Gabrieleño/Tongva land. They write about home and interstitial faith via several mediums such as fiction, poetry, film, and ultimately, the browser. Teline works as the Membership and Community Engagement Coordinator at Wendy’s Subway, where they were a Fellow in 2020. They also work as the Development Coordinator at Mekong NYC, a Southeast Asian grassroots organization in the Bronx. They hold a degree in Comparative Literature from Reed College.


Ad Học gives me a wide range of feeling, little bits of sour and crunchy, bitter and silky, complex lines that tickle and poke at the chemical, the claustrophobic, the nauseous. Each next twirl makes the Oppressive twitch and shake and reveal itself to be vulnerable to Us, as We are to it. Trn is adept at unfurling, reaching out bouquets of strange fingers to roll open those histories that have spiraled upon us, if only to have a better look. “I can take Matter into my own Hands,” they write, not so much as a brag but as a tragic admission—what seems to me the difficult beginning of possibility for us all. With style, mischief, an eye for detail, and a remarkable connection to people, Ad Học demonstrates purity in an impure world, and makes an intractable claim to refuge in a violent place.
—Morgan Võ


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