Join us for a special event celebrating a new anthology of Filipino myths: Kuwento: Lost Things. We’ll hear from three contributors from the anthology: Anna Alves, PhD student in American Studies at Rutgers University, Newark; Sarah Gambito, cofounder of Kundiman; and Melissa R. Sipin, co-editor of Kuwento). Moderated by acclaimed novelist Jessica Hagedorn, author of Toxicology and a winner of the AAWW Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2011, Melissa R. Sipin and Rachelle Cruz began Kuwento: Lost Things as a search, an obsession, a need to excavate the stories of anitos (deities) and engkantos (spirits) their families once told them. But, when they first indulged in the idea of curating an anthology on Philippine myths, they were struck by how diverse the retellings were. Was the Aswang a bat-like vampire woman? Or was she a shape-shifting beast, or a giant black bird with a long, fetus-eating tongue? They understood that the stories passed on to them from their fathers and mothers were varied, but also culturally inherited. It was as if their bodies knew the stories, and knew them well. This book, a diverse collection of eclectic prose and poetry, seeks to ensure that their "invocation of the past is somehow answered, somehow quelled, somehow excavated, and thus, reborn—reborn in our own terms, in our own myths, in our own kuwentos."
Co-sponsored by TAYO, Kweli Journal, the AASP at Hunter College, and the Hunter College NEH Summer Seminar for School Teachers: Asian Americans in New York: Film & Literature.
Image titled "Fishers of Men," by Eliseo Art Silva.
One afternoon session, 2:00pm – 5:00pm Saturday, July 11Fee: $20
Class limit 15 people
Whether you feel superhuman or just super human, come draw your story at this workshop. We’ll explore the history of Asian American comic and graphic novel artists, then jump into the creative process ourselves. From ideas to inking, we’ll learn drawing and storyboarding techniques, and everyone will create their own character and 3-panel strip from scratch. We’ll be reading, discussing, and drawing all things comics – what better way to spend your afternoon?
Both experienced and new artists are welcome. Please bring your own supplies: a pencil, eraser, and black fine liner pen (Micron is ideal).
Wendy Xu is an illustrator and a comics artist based in Brooklyn. Her recent work includes the pencil art and layouts for the 12 page comic that was on display at the New York Historical Society's Chinese in America exhibit. She is currently working on a variety of short comics as well as a graphic novel about a Chinese American witch and a demon boy band. Catch her on her art blog angrygirlcomics.tumblr.com or on twitter: @angrygirLcomics
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is a fellow at AAWW. Her comics & illustration have appeared in the Tin House Open Bar, No Tokens Journal, Hobart, Indiana Review and the National Academy Museum. Her writing has been published in Public Books, NPR’s Selected Shorts, TriQuarterly, and The Margins. She has an MFA from UW—Madison and a BA from Columbia University. On twitter: @rowanhlb
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Calling all poets, writers, musicians, and comedians who want to share their work with the community! After a brief hiatus, we are back with our Mouth-to-Mouth open mic series, a safe space for forging new art and communities. We’ve seen emerging writers and established authors, sparked book deals, and provided a platform for comedy, spoken word, music, poetry, memoir, fiction, and more. This time, we will be joined by Kay Barrett and Jess X. Chen and hosting the event will be our two new MC's - poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Shinji Moon.
Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabled pin@y-amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. A seasoned speaker, Kay hasfacilitated workshops, presented keynotes, featured in colleges, and contributed to panels with various social justice communities. Kay’s ideas have featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, KPFA Radio, and WBAI Radio. Check out their work at kaybarrett.net.
Jess X. Chen is a first generation Chinese-American poet, artist/activist, filmmaker, and educator. She is the author of poetry chapbook, From the Earthworm To The Night. Her work intimately exposes narratives of ecological and colonial trauma, Asian-American diaspora and collective protest by connecting the violences between the female/colored body and the body of the Earth. She is a member of the Justseeds Artists Co-operative, and a facilitator of Artists Against Police Violence. Scope out her work at jessxchen.com.
This event is open to the public, with a $5 suggested donation. Come at 6:30 PM to sign up for a 5-minute slot! Program starts at 7 PM.
Image titled "Queer Earth," by Jess X. Chen. Ink & digital color on paper...