New Releases from Brilliant Artists who are Guest Speaking for Jan Term Course “The Art of Race”

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Yours truly is  thrilled to have just confirmed three brilliant artists as guest speakers to visit my Saint Mary’s College of California’s Jan Term 043-01 course “The Art of Race: (Re) Imagining Ethnicity, Race, and Identity in Literature, Art, & Pop Culture.

Each of these artists have recently released new work, which I have no doubt will engage and inspire my students.

I met our first guest speaker during my residency at MacDowell Arts Colony. Carlos Soto Román will be video conferencing from Santiago, Chile to discuss his new chapbook Bluff (Commune Editions), which you can download here.  He’ll discuss with the class his poetics and process of erasure or redacted poetry and the use of found text. As with my students, I invite you to challenge your pleasures by having a go at his work with the selections below: 

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Image result for barbara jane reyesOur second guest speaker is long time friend and deeply inspiring poet, professor, and community advocate (I owe so much to her!), Barbara Jane Reyes, who will be visiting our class on campus to discuss her new book just released from City Lights, Invocation to Daughters. Have a taste of her words here, courtesy of Poetry Foundation.

 

Our third guest speaker, who will round at our term is long time fellow Angelena, who I met lifetimes ago at the L.A. based Wide Eyed Workshops,  musician and artist Marjorie Light. Video conferencing from the City of Angels, Light just released her latest album Bundok. Give your self an aural treat of her latest tracks here and find out more about her work with KCET’s feature article.

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I also need to give a shout out to all the crew of SMC’s ITS who have been working with me to get all the tech ready for the video conferencing to Santiago, Chile, and Los Angeles, CA. Fingers crossed that all the equipment and connections sync for the big dates!

I’m in awe of all these artists and am truly grateful to each of them for taking the time to share their work and inspire my students. More to come about “The Art of Race” and our guest speaker visits, so stay tuned…

Have to share this fabulous cover art for Bundok by Gingee

Upcoming Reading: Saturday 4 November, 8pm “Lone Glen: Writers who Parent/Parents who Write @ Temescal Art Center, Oakland

Organized by poet and educator Alexandra Mattraw Rosenboom , we invite you to join us at Lone Glen: “Writers who Parent/ Parents who Write” on Saturday, November 4th at 8 pm at Temescal Art Center in Oakland  (511 48th Street) to hear work from Megan Breiseth, Lauren Levin, Rashaan Alexis Meneses, Sara Mumolo, and Amos White. In our community, what role does parenting play in the creative process, and what role does the imagination play in the journey of raising a child? How does the act of parenting serve as a constraint, or not, as we express ourselves in writing and in other art forms? Come out to hear what these parent writers are thinking about in their work and about their process. A brief Q and A will follow their readings.

Here are the authors:

Megan Breiseth is the author of the chapbook Zia (Mrs. Maybe Press), co-author of the chapbook the longer you stay here (Aggregate Space Gallery) and two manuscripts-in-progress. She works as an educator and lives in Alameda, CA with her wife, son, and cats.

Lauren Levin is the author of THE BRAID (Krupskaya, 2016) and the forthcoming JUSTICE PIECE/TRANSMISSION (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2018) as well as several chapbooks, including The Lens (Little Red Leaves, 2014) and Working (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2012). From 2011-2014, she co–edited the Poetic Labor Project. She grew up in New Orleans and lives in Richmond, CA with her family.

Rashaan Alexis Meneses has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, The International Retreat for Writers at Hawthornden Castle, UK, and the Jacob K. Javits Program. Her fiction and non-fiction has been featured in various journals and anthologies, including Kartika Review, Puerto Del Sol, New Letters, BorderSenses, Kurungabaa, The Coachella Review, Pembroke Magazine, Doveglion Press, and the anthology Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults. When she’s not writing or teaching, she’s hiking trails along the coast of California. You can find her at https://rashaanalexismeneses.com/

Sara Mumolo is the author of Mortar (Omnidawn, 2013) and the Associate Director for the MFA in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of CA. She created and curated the Studio One Reading Series in Oakland, CA from 2007-2012, and Cannibal Books published her chapbook, March, in 2011. She has received residencies to Vermont Studio Center, Caldera Center for the Arts, and has served as a curatorial resident at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, CA. Her next book Day Counter is forthcoming in 2018 from Omnidawn.

Amos White is an awarded American haiku poet and author, producer/director and activist, recognized for his vivid literary imagery and breathless poetic interpretations. Amos is published in several national and international reviews and anthologies. He is Founder and Host of the Heart of the Muse creative’s salon, Executive Producer and Host of Beyond Words: Jazz+Poetry show; Producer the Oakland Haiku and Poetry Festival, and serves on several literary and arts nonprofit boards.​ http://www.about.me/amoswhite http://www.facebook.com/amoswhitehaiku

ASUR Presents Upcoming August Workshops on Writing + Resistance

Please spread the word and consider attending these upcoming workshops on creativity + resistance.  Please note : must preorder $5-20 tix to attend

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Witness and Resistance in Body and Story

 

Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery

3036 24th Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

Lifting Scars with Sharon Coleman
A somatic writing and movement workshop by Sharon Coleman. 2-3pm
Resilience depends on the quick scarring over of wounds, both psychic and physical. And they remain with us usually forever. They are emblems of what has touched us. They mend muscle and thought but leave tissue that interferes with movement and neuro-plasticity. In this workshop, we’ll use movement and writing to explore the shapes left by scars and to find movement, resilience, and determination from what has marked us. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a notebook and pen.
BIO: Sharon Coleman’s a fifth-generation Northern Californian with a penchant for languages and their entangled word roots. She has taught poetry, creative writing and composition for fifteen years at Berkeley City College. She writes for Poetry Flash, co-curates the reading series Lyrics & Dirges and co-directs the Berkeley Poetry Festival. She’s the author of a chapbook of poetry, Half Circle, and a book of micro-fiction, Paris Blinks (Paper Press 2016.)

The Composer’s Notebook with Tongo Eisen-Martin
In this workshop from 3-4pm, community worker and poet, Tongo Eisen-Martin explores how engagement in community can be channeled into music, innovation, and poetry.

BIO: Born in San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker, educator, and poet who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of Black people throughout the United States. He is the author of someone’s dead already (Bootstrap Press, 2015), which was nominated for a California Book Award. He has educated in detention centers from New York’s Rikers Island to California’s San Quentin State Prison. His work in Rikers Island was featured in the New York Times. He was also adjunct faculty at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University in New York. Subscribing to the Freirian model of education, he designed curricula for oppressed people’s education projects from San Francisco to South Africa. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. He uses his craft to create liberated territory wherever he performs and teaches. He recently lived and organized around issues of human rights and self-determination in Jackson, MS.

TWO MORE WRITING + ACTIVISM WORKSHOPS

From writing prompt to action with Maya Chinchilla

How do you cultivate a reflective stance in your writing and prompts to invigorate your writing and activism? This will be addressed in Maya Chapina’s workshop at 2pm.

BIO: Maya Chinchilla is a Guatemalan, Bay Area-based writer, video artist, educator and author of “The Cha Cha Files: A Chapina Poética.” Maya received her MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College and her undergraduate degree from University of California, Santa Cruz, where she also founded and co-edited the annual publication, La Revista. Maya writes and performs poetry that explores themes of historical memory, heartbreak, tenderness, sexuality, and alternative futures. Her work —sassy, witty, performative, and self-aware— draws on a tradition of truth-telling and poking fun at the wounds we carry.

Her work has been published in anthologies and journals including: Mujeres de Maíz, Sinister Wisdom, Americas y Latinas: A Stanford Journal of Latin American Studies, Cipactli Journal, and The Lunada Literary Anthology. Maya is a founding member of the performance group Las Manas, a former artist-in-residence at Galería de La Raza in San Francisco, CA, and La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, CA, and is a VONA Voices, Dos Brujas and Letras Latinas workshop alum. She is the co-editor of “Desde El Epicentro: An anthology of Central American Poetry and Art” and is a lecturer at San Francisco State University, UC Davis and other Bay Area universities.

ResistBot Poems with Raina J. León

In this workshop at 3pm, we will write poetry and prose of resistance and use the tool, ResistBot, to send these pieces to our representatives and senators. Bring your notebooks, pens, and phones (if you have them) to text through ResistBot.

BIO:

Raina J. León, PhD, CantoMundo fellow, Cave Canem graduate fellow (2006) and member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective, has been published in numerous journals as a writer of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn,sombra: (dis)locate (2016) and the chapbook, profeta without refuge (2016)She has received fellowships and residencies with Macondo, Cave Canem, CantoMundo, Montana Artists Refuge, the Macdowell Colony, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, among others. She is a founding editor of The Acentos Review, an online quarterly, international journal devoted to the promotion and publication of Latinx arts. She is an associate professor of education at Saint Mary’s College of California.

 

For more info click on these links:

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Early Bird Registration for Hedgebrook Bridging One Day Retreat ends Friday, May 19

Bridging: A One-Day Hedgebrook Writing Retreat
With Keynote Speaker Karen Joy Fowler
At Saint Mary’s College of California
Hedgebrook and SMC MFA in Creative Writing are collaborating to present a one-day writing retreat for women and female-identified writers.

Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017

Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

Register Here

Location:
Saint Mary’s College of California
1928 Saint Mary’s Road
Moraga, CA 94575

Keynote Speaker
Karen

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of seven novels and three short story collections. Her most recent novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves was short listed for the Man Booker Prize, winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award and The California Book Award for Fiction. The Jane Austen Book Club spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s previous novel, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, was a New York Times Notable Book, as was her second novel, The Sweetheart Season. In addition, Sarah Canary won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, and was listed for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize as well as the Bay Area Book Reviewers Prize. Fowler’s short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award in 1999, and her collection What I Didn’t See won the World Fantasy Award in 2011. Fowler and her husband, who have two grown children and seven grandchildren, live in Santa Cruz, California. She is the co-founder of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and has served as president of the Clarion Foundation (also known as Clarion San Diego). karenjoyfowler.com

Workshops

From Artist Statement to Press Kit: A Po-Biz* Workshop

Raina

Raina J. León has been published in numerous journals as a writer of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. She is a Cave Canem graduate fellow (2006), CantoMundo fellow, Macondo fellow, and member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective, She is the author of three collections of poetry, Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, and sombra: (dis)locate (2016) and the chapbook, profeta without refuge (2016). She has received fellowships and residencies with the Montana Artists Refuge, the Macdowell Colony, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Annamaghkerrig, Ireland and Ragdale. She also is a founding editor of The Acentos Review, an online quarterly, international journal devoted to the promotion and publication of Latinx arts. She is an associate professor of education at Saint Mary’s College of California. http://www.rainaleon.com

*Poetry Business

Story Development: Plot, Character and 7 Steps to Authentic Storytelling

image 1Angie Powers has an M.F.A. in English and Creative Writing from Mills College, where she won the Amanda Davis Thesis Award for her novel, The Blessed. She also has a Certificate in Screenwriting from the Professional Programs at UCLA. She is the co-director and co-writer of the short Little Mutinies (distributed by Frameline and an official selection of the Palm Springs International Short Fest) andwas a quarter-finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship and at Blue Cat Screenplay Competition for the full-length screenplay of Little Mutinies. She is currently in development on a feature-length comedy Lost in the Middle. She is a teacher and cofounder at bookwritingworld.com. Angiepowers.com

Flash Nonfiction: Sharpening Your Story for the Short and Long Haul

image 3 Jill Kolongowski is the author of Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me, forthcoming from Ulysses Press. She is also the managing editor at YesYes Books. Her essays have won Sundog Lit’s First Annual Contest series and the Diana Woods Memorial Prize in Creative Nonfiction at Lunch Ticket magazine. Other essays are published in Profane, Sweet: A Literary Confection, Forklift, Ohio, Southern Indiana Review, Fugue, and elsewhere. Jill was born in Michigan, but now lives near San Francisco, where she teaches writing, hikes, and watches Chopped marathons.

Applying for Fellowships and Residencies: Writing Personal Statements and Project Proposals

image 4 Rashaan Alexis Meneses has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, The International Retreat for Writers at Hawthornden Castle, UK, and the Jacob K. Javits Program. Her fiction and non-fiction is published in various journals and anthologies, including Kartika Review, Puerto Del Sol, New Letters, BorderSenses, Kurungabaa, The Coachella Review, Pembroke Magazine, Doveglion Press, and the anthology Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults. You can find her at rashaanalexismeneses.com

Cost
$115 until May 6
$130 after May 6
Limited partial scholarships available. EmailJoanne Furio for an application.
Special accommodations available. Email Joanne Furio.

Cost includes:

Food (three meals, happy hour, and evening cake and coffee)
Vegan and gluten-free options available
Networking opportunities with Bay Area women writers’ groups
An evening keynote by Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Sister Noon and Black Glass and Hedgebrook alumna
Your choice of one of four afternoon workshops
Funds raised from the retreat benefit both programs and the newly established Hedgebrook scholarship for a St. Mary’s MFA student.

 

More info here.

Presenting at Hedgebrook Bridging One Day Retreat for Women Writers

Bridging: A One-Day Writing Retreat

With Keynote Speaker Karen Joy Fowler
At Saint Mary’s College of California

 

Logo: In Collaboration with Hedgebrook

Hedgebrook and SMC MFA in Creative Writing are collaborating to present a one-day writing retreat for women.

Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017

Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Retreat Schedule

Location:
Saint Mary’s College of California
1928 Saint Mary’s Road
Moraga, CA 94575

I’m honored to be facilitating a writing workshop on applying for residencies and fellowships at this year’s Hedgebrook Bridging One Day Retreat for women, taking place Saturday, June 10, 8am-9pm, in collaboration and hosted at Saint Mary’s College of California, MFA Creative Writing Program, with Karen Joy Fowler as keynote speaker. I’ll be presenting alongside literary luminaries: Raina León (poetry), Angie Powers (fiction), and Jill Kolongowski (non-fiction)
Partial scholarships are available, and the fee is reasonably priced ($130), including three meals and happy hour. Please consider saving the date and spreading the word to fellow women writers. You can find more details here.
Also, if you haven’t had a chance, please peep out my latest story, “The Expectant” included in Kartika Review, Issue #17 alongside an interview with Vanessa Hua.

Finally feeling writerly again with a new story included in Kartika Review, Issue #17

2017 has been difficult so far, along with the daily grind of prepping for three classes, grading endless waves of paper and the added dimension of changing diapers, reading Amelia Bedelia for the fifth or sixth time before bed, and waking to croup at three in the morning, our family has also faced the loss of dear family and friends, who departed this world earlier in the year. Its hard to feel writerly with so much going on, and I wasn’t sure I would ever see my name in print anytime soon, but some how a story I worked on lifetimes ago finally gets to see the light of day.

Years in the making–long before I ever thought I could ever be expecting myself–I came across a news story about police cracking down on a birth center east of Los Angeles. I remember telling dear friend and writer Wesley Gibson how I was interested in writing a short story about this birth center, and I remember how he encouraged me to pursue the story. Wesley could always make me laugh. He was a walking, talking martini, and I will miss him for all my days. Thanks to Wesley, I was able to jump down the rabbit hole that is “The Expectant” and so I’ve dedicated the story to him, which is now featured in Kartika Review, Issue #17.

I don’t think I could have found a better home for this piece, and I am so honored to have my work included in this issue, which also features an interview with the great Vanessa Hua, commentary on APIA Writing by Barbara Jane Reyes and Craig Santos Perez along with work from other literary talents. See more info below.

Please check out the newly launched Kartika Review, Issue #17 and consider passing along this good read to friends, family, students, and other literary lovers. And, thanks always for the support!

To read “The Expectant” click here.

 

Issue Release Announcement

Kartika Review, Issue 17, Spring 2017

http://www.kartikareview.com/17

We’re happy to announce the publication of Kartika Review’s Issue 17, featuring poetry by Yuan Changming, Anthony Tao, Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan, and Seo-Young Chu; fiction by Kimarlee Nguyen, Anna Dong, and Rashaan Alexis Meneses; creative nonfiction by Victoria Wong, Sandra Mizumoto Posey, Hana Chittenden Maruyama, and Kristiana Kahakauwila; APIA Writingscape commentary by Craig Santos Perez, Barbara Jane Reyes, Kao Kalia Yang, Rajiv Mohabir, and Lehua M. Taitano; and an author interview with Vanessa Hua.

Table of Contents

Editorial

Poetry

·      “Anagrammed Variations of the American Dream,” Yuan Changming

·      “Things That Taste Like Purple,” Anthony Tao

·      “God on Display,” Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan

·      “Man on Display,” Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan

·      “M’어머니,” Seo-Young Chu

Fiction

·      “This Is a Story We All Know,” Kimarlee Nguyen

·      “Little Sister Lin,” Anna Dong

·      “The Expectant,” Rashaan Alexis Meneses

Creative Nonfiction

·      “Burnt,” Victoria Wong

·      “Why Japanese Persimmons Are Hard,” Sandra Mizumoto Posey

·      “Fear Itself,” Hana Chittenden Maruyama

·      “Let Us Be Antibodies,” Kristiana Kahakauwila

APIA Writingscape

·      APIA Writers on Today’s Political Climate (Featuring the voices of Craig Santos Perez, Barbara Jane Reyes, Kao Kalia Yang, Rajiv Mohabir, and Lehua M. Taitano)

·      Author Interview With Vanessa Hua

Back Matter

·      Contributor Bios

·      Submission Guidelines

·      About Kartika Review

 

 

Honored to be selected as Visiting Arts Faculty 2017-2018

I confess I have a debilitating case of imposter syndrome, so every bit of success comes with a dark lining of doubt,  but dear friend and writer Katherine Field, has urged me to celebrate this one, so this is me celebrating. I’m honored and excited to serve Saint Mary’s College of California’s Collegiate Seminar Program and January Term program in a new role as Visiting Arts Faculty for 2017-2018. More on this soon…

Interview with Jee Yoon Lee’s “Writing Like an Asian”

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Most days I feel like a mess, other days I know I’m an educator, a wife, a mom, a hiker, a home cook and gardener, but I love the days when I can call myself a “Writer” and thanks to Melissa Sipin, I got a chance to escape the imposter syndrome and discuss some of my greatest loves and life’s passions. Professor Jee Yoon Lee, who teaches at the Georgetown University Writing Program, has created an incredibly comprehensive website featuring Asian/American writers and artists with “Writing Like An Asian.” The scope is astonishingly wide and the interviews are deep, such as Q&A’s with Sipin, Barbara Jane Reyes, Marianne Villaneuva, David Mura, and the list goes on and on.

Here’s a taste:

Every word I write is summoned by my mixed race heritage, and the hundreds if not thousands of miles my grandparents traveled from the Philippines and from Mexico to make a life for them selves and for our family here in the States. I feel in some sense I am re-telling the same story, the origin of our mixed ancestry. How opposing forces from different parts of the world came together to make new.

Read the entire interview here.

Peep out my interview and please share with lovers of lit to spread the word on “Writing Like An Asian.”