It's been a busy 2016 so far. Here are the highlights:
The 2016 Creative Capital Artist Awards were announced: I am one of 6 Literature grantees, out of 46 total projects spanning performing arts, theater, emerging fields, music, and literature. Honored and humbled. My new project is called Postwar Tablefruit, and will be furthering my exploration of merging hybrid forms - poetry, memoir, music, image.
I was especially honored to be a part of HOLDING SPACE, a social engagement and evening of performance curated by Stacey Tran, at Holocene in Portland, Oregon, and featuring only artists of color. The other performers were amazing and I saw some life-changing art (for me) that night from: Intisar Abioto, Claire Berrera, Ripley Snell, Eileen Isagon Skyers, and Takahiro Yamamoto.
Also organized this all Asian-Am music bill at The Waypost, with Underwoman and the Believers, La Priesteza/John Akira Harrold, and myself (performing as The Sea & The Mother). Thanks to Barry, John & William for accompanying me!
Lots of readings and small performances, including: Smallpressapalooza at Powell's (thanks to Kevin Sampsell); Workshop Vintage (curated by Coleman Stevenson, whose creative spirit never ceases to amaze...); AWP Panel Reading "Beyond Forty Years..." with Bich Minh Nguyen, Viet Thanh Nguyen (just prior to Pulitzer announcement), Aimee Phan, and Vu Tran; and university visits to Knox College (thanks to Katya Reno) and High Point University (thanks to Jacob Paul). I am grateful to enterprising professor-friends who are introducing my hybrid project (WWMGP + East/West) to their students.
Our "INHERITORS: She Who Has No Master(s)" Hybrid Forms Series Launch Event @ Likewise Art Bar on May 28th was a big success. Beautiful night of poetry, sharing, music, and our group poem performance debut. Many thanks to Adam Moser & Nancy Prior of Likewise, and to my co-organizers, Danielle Frandina/Tell It Slant Reading Series and A.M. O'Malley. And to the Portland literary community for helping spread the word, for filling the room with the best kind of silence - receptivity - and for welcoming out-of-town writers Angie Chau, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Julie Thi Underhill, and Stacey Tran and myself. Here is the mission statement/summary for our INHERITORS hybrid forms series:
INHERITORS is a hybrid-art & literary series exploring the theme of aftermath as expressed through the lenses of multidisciplinary artists/collaborations who are descendants and inheritors of violence stemming from war, cultural and civil upheaval, domestic abuse, intergenerational trauma, domestic and other forms of power abuses.
Our May 28th debut event, She Who Has No Master(s), will gather the voices/experiences of female descendants and inheritors of the Vietnam War and refugee exodus.
Group image-text show at The Pigeons Studio & Gallery in St. Johns is running for the month of June, and has been extended into July!
Thanks to Rubi Martini for the space, and to Coleman Stevenson for all her beautiful curation. I made poems in the form of maps and webbed frames for this one. La Priesteza/John Akira Harrold performed music at the opening, and A.M. O'Malley read from her hanging poems. I sang with John on one of his songs, which is always a joy; his creativity with the banjo and a loop pedal is truly unique.
Also had the honor of playing a song in support of Shayla Lawson's PANTONE book release party at Literary Arts on June 9th, alongside readings/performance by Coleman Stevenson, John Akira Harrold, and DJ Lamar Leroy.
Sharing the space with other API women artists at Beacon Sound on Mississippi Ave on July 21st, then off to the Creative Capital Artist Retreat in Troy, NY (to give my presentation for Postwar Tablefruit) for July 26-31!