'When I held him in my palm, I learned to love what made me. From time to time, I think about my father, his country, clean hands. I like to think of his hands as clean. I like to think I owe nothing to his body.'
In the next installment of our Asian American Feminism series, NAPAWF*NYC will be hosting a workshop on Asian American history through a feminist lens. The Chinese Exclusion Act, World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans, and the Southeast Asian refugee crisis have been raised in national conversations on the persecution of South Asian, Arab, Sikh and Muslim communities. In these times, understanding Asian American history and our place in it has become more critical than ever.
RESERVE A SEAT!
Join us as we commemorate Womxn’s History Month by exploring the marginalized histories of our communities and families and challenging the ways in which history has been traditionally told, with the goal of identifying how we can shape those narratives into our own.
The workshop will include a brief presentation, interactive timeline, and discussion on our personal connections to Asian American history. Note that no prior knowledge in Asian American history or studies is required to participate in this workshop.
NAPAWF*NYC, the New York City chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, is a community of Asian American/Pacific Islander women dedicated to advocating for the advancement and wellness of AAPI women in New York City through the provision of multi-issue resources and a robust support network...
Friday, March 31, 2017
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10003
One session: Friday, March 31, 2017
Tuition: $25 per person
Class limit: 12 attendees
Transcendent American poet Max Ritvo wrote that if the world outside a poet’s head is more interesting than the world inside their head, they might as well become a journalist. His point: it’s what’s inside the poet’s mind, what (or who) is hooting or singing or moaning or gagging inside the poet’s own totally unique psychic ecosystem that allows the poet access to a singular voice. In this workshop we’ll try various methods of popping under our own hoods and exploring our cognitive machinery (using things like meditation and bibliomancy), mining our discoveries for poetic language and imagery and more. Leaving the workshop, we’ll have generated drafts, jumping off points for new poems, and hopefully, if all goes well, better relationships with the little voices in our heads.
Kaveh Akbar's poems appear recently or soon in The New Yorker, Poetry, APR, Ploughshares, PBS NewsHour, Tin House, and elsewhere. His debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, will be published by Alice James Books in Fall 2017; he is also the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic. A recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and is the Visiting Professor of Poetry at Purdue University.