Canadian-based artists Elisha Lim and Vivek Shraya celebrate the publication of their new books, 100 Crushes and She of the Mountains, with queer prayers, songs, films, and readings. We're co-hosting the event at Barnard College...
The body carries memory, trauma, war, escape, repression. To excavate it is a political act. Lan Cao's new novel, The Lotus and the Storm, pulls the viewer back and forth between contemporary America and the war in Vietnam, following a family as they uncover truths about the atrocities there. Paul Tran molds spoken word poetry out of his historical research, using gesture, rhythm, and quotation to animate those narratives.
Lan Cao is a novelist and a renowned expert in international law, trade, and economic development. A professor at Chapman Law School, she lives in southern California. She is the author of the acclaimed Monkey Bridge, 1998.
Paul Tran is an Asian American historian, activist, and spoken word poet. He won “Best Poet” and “Pushing the Art Forward” at the national college poetry slam and has also received awards and fellowships from Kundiman, the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop, the Asian American Literary Arts & Performance Festival, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He twice coached the Providence Youth Slam team, which competed at the international Brave New Voices poetry festival in Chicago (2013) and Philadelphia (2014), and most recently taught the Untitlement Project at New Urban Arts. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Co-sponsored by the The A/P/A Institute at NYU.
This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc., with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
Hey Fam. You gotta drop whatever you're doing and come celebrate Jeff Chang's new book Who Who Be: The Colorization of America.
The author of Can't Stop: Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, Jeff now presents a recent cultural history of American race in Who We Be. We're talking the Obama Hope poster, the invention of multiculturalism, Faith Ringgold, Colors magazine, Ishmael Reed, the Southern Strategy, Glenn Ligon, Basement Workshop, the Dreamers and Arizona's war on immigrants, corporate marketing, and Trayvon Martin.
Jay Smooth (ill doctrine and WBAI's Underground Railroad) talks about the rise of hip hop. National Book Award finalist Jessica Hagedorn (Dogeaters, Toxicology) revisits the early days of polycultural bohemia. Historian Vijay Prashad (The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World) dissects the failures of multiculturalism. Conceptual photo-artist Hank Willis Thomas (Pitch Blackness, MOMA, Guggenheim) talks about the broadening of the post-multicultural image. CultureStrike's Sonia Guiñansaca talks about Undocumenting, the first program to nurture undocumented writers, who'll be published in the upcoming anthology Home in Time of Displacement. The New Inquiry Editor-in-Chief Ayesha Siddiqi provokes.
The kick-off for the Asian American Writers' Workshop's Counterculturalists series.
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