Join Us in DC! Spoken Word, Happy Hour & the AALR Symposium

DC-area residents and those flocking into town for the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) conference, please join us for three exciting events this week!

Wednesday, April 11:
Poetry Reading and Talk with Ed Bok Lee and Bao Phi

University of Maryland College Park

Spoken word artists have been called “historians for the masses,” spoken word the voice of our communities. Over the last two decades, APIA spoken word in particular has grown into a thriving tradition, with a national summit every other year and a fixed presence in nearly every major city in the U.S.

Come celebrate two of today’s most important voices, Bao Phi and Ed Bok Lee, who will perform, answer questions, and discuss the dynamic connections between arts and activism. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more and share.

Thursday, April 12:
GET LIT at the Big Hunt (Happy Hour)

The Big Hunt

1345 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC

Join a wild rumpus in celebration of the release of the latest issue of the Asian American Literary Review and Kaya Press’ book release of Shoson Nagahara’s Lament in the Night with translator Andrew Leong! Other special guests include poets Ed Bok Lee and Bao Phi from Coffee House Press, and editors from the AALR and BookDragon. 7 PM roasts, toasts, readings, and raffles!! Come out where DC folks, poets, scholars, and everyone else will be gathering! Free and open to the public. Learn more and share.

Saturday, April 14:
Asian American Portraits of Encounter
Between Image & Word

National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

In 2011 the National Portrait Gallery debuted its historic first Asian American exhibition. To celebrate the landmark exhibition and explore the intersections of visual and literary art, The Asian American Literary Review commissioned seven of today’s most exciting Asian American writers to craft literary responses to seven of the exhibition’s portraits.

Featured writers David Henry Hwang, Garrett Hongo, Bao Phi, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Marianne Villanueva, Kazim Ali, and Anna Kazumi Stahl will read responses to portraits by artists Tam Tran, Satomi Shirai, Roger Shimomura, CYJO, Hye Yeon Nam, Hong Chun Zhang, and Shizu Saldamando. Come for all of the conversations or any portion!

Read more about the event and share.

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