Category Archives: Literature

Chapbook Making with Debbie Yee, SF, 2/6/12 and 2/13/12

“Hallmark Card Shmallmark Card! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, learn how to screen print and bind your original love poems, short story or other-content chapbooks in multiples.

In two sessions, workshop participants will learn the skills and access equipment to produce hand-bound, screen-printed chapbooks using tabletop Gocco print machines from Japan, needles and thread. Come try out the Gocco, learn about quick and crafty chapbook production or, with advance preparation and planning, print and finish an edition of up to 20 chapbooks of your own, suitable for giving.

A separately-scheduled chapbook reading by emerging and published authors in Celebration of the Chapbook, and an opportunity to sell or trade your chapbook, will follow.”

Sora and the Cloud Book Release Party – SF, 12/10/11

Sora and the Cloud

“Please join us in celebrating the release of Felicia Hoshino’s latest children’s book, “Sora and the Cloud” with a bilingual book reading and signing.

December 10, 2011
2:30 pm -4:30 pm
… Free and Open to the Pubic
Call us at 415-567-5505, email to RSVP.

Up in a tree a friendly cloud awaits! Hopping aboard, Sora and the Cloud share a breath-taking adventure in the sky. Birds, kites and fireworks whirl by, as Sora connects his past experiences with the present.

This wonderful flight of fancy is created in Hoshino’s evocative style of mixed media. Plus the Japanese translation, by Akiko Hisa highlights empowering themes of self-discovery and cultural exchange.

Light refreshments will be served.”

  • WHERE: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC)
    1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
  • WHEN: Saturday, 12/10/11, 2:30-4:30pm

DVAN Annual Holiday Fundraiser – SF, 12/10/11

DVAN Annual Fundraiser

“This holiday season, the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network invites you to our annual fundraiser and social mixer.

Celebrate with a reading from fiction writer Angie Chau (Quiet As They Come) and exhibits from visual artists Viet Le and Julie Thi Underhill. Meet other emerging and established literary and visual artists and learn about the DVAN Youth Group.

Reading, Art, Pecha Kucha & Dancing
Silent Auction

Delicious Appetizers, Street Food Carts and Wine Bar

Suggestion Donation at Door: Sliding Scale $10-20

We accept donations at
DVAN. Support the arts. Support self and community.

Ample Street Parking Available.”

TAYO Launch Party / Eliseo’s Art Exhibit Opening – 10/21/11, Moorpark

“TAYO Arts & Culture will be releasing its third annual literary magazine at this exhibit opening, supporting one of its longtime featured artists, Eliseo Art Silva in his exhibit opening at The Arthur Gallery. Eliseo’s solo exhibition of his paintings entitled “Memory and Surveillance” will include over a dozen new paintings and sculptures, running for the next two months and will include his posters and prints of paintings and murals. Over 25 paintings and sculptures will fill the gallery exploring contemporary themes, images, memory and narratives of Filipino America and beyond. We hope you can join TAYO and Eliseo on this special night.”

13th of the Month Thing: Beach Day & TAYO Reading with FilAm Creative! – Manhattan Beach, 8/13/11

Beach Day & TAYO Reading

“Community! Art! Beach! Uh-huh, sounds good!!

Join FilAm Creative (FAC) and TAYO Literary Magazine for SoCal’s hottest party of the month! FAC’s 13th of the Month Thing is your opportunity to have a great time while meeting the FilAm entertainment and media industry’s creatives. August spotlights authors, poets, and artists!

THIS MONTH: Beach Day & TAYO Reading!!
…(free event, donations to TAYO or FAC welcome)

FilAm Creative is partnering with TAYO Literary Magazine to produce their 2nd annual Beach Day & TAYO Reading. Bring your sunscreen and towel, but also get ready to meet many of the best artists on the scene today! Writers, spoken-word, and other artists are welcome to bring their work to display, exhibit, or perform.”

Yu-Ai Kai Book Club discusses Kiyo’s Story – San Jose, 8/5/11

Kiyo's Story

“The JAMsj / Yu-Ai Kai Book Club will discuss Nisei writer Kiyo Sato’s saga of her family life in America entitled “Kiyo’s Story: a Japanese-American Family’s Quest for the American Dream” (originally entitled “Dandelion Through the Crack”). It is a compelling story of starting a family in California, surviving the Great Depression, being taken to concentration camps, and in the end overcoming everything else that was thrown their way.”

The Shifting Grounds of Race by Scott Kurashige – LA, 7/30/11

The Shifting Grounds of Race

“Los Angeles has attracted intense attention as a “world city” characterized by multiculturalism and globalization. Yet, little is known about the historical transformation of a place whose leaders proudly proclaimed themselves white supremacists less than a century ago. In The Shifting Grounds of Race, Scott Kurashige highlights the role African Americans and Japanese Americans played in the social and political struggles that remade twentieth-century Los Angeles.

Linking paradigmatic events like Japanese American internment and the Black civil rights movement, Kurashige transcends the usual “black/white” dichotomy to explore the multiethnic dimensions of segregation and integration. Racism and sprawl shaped the dominant image of Los Angeles as a “white city.” But they simultaneously fostered a shared oppositional consciousness among Black and Japanese Americans living as neighbors within diverse urban communities.

This extraordinarily ambitious book adds new depth and complexity to our understanding of the “urban crisis” and offers a window into America’s multiethnic future.”

  • WHERE: Japanese American National Museum in LA
  • WHEN: Saturday, 7/30/11, 2pm
  • HOW MUCH: Free with museum admission

PAWA Workshop: How to Submit Your Work for Publication – SF, 7/30/11

PAWA Workshop: How to Submit Your Work for Publication

“What to Bring: yourselves, your questions, your current submissions packets, your current submissions calls resources.

Who Should Attend: Aspiring and emerging writers with limited or no experience with the submissions process, or writers with some submissions experience, who would like to refine or clarify their own current processes.

For more information, please email:

I have the space reserved from 10 am until 2 pm, and will use that entire time if necessary, to present, to discuss, to answer questions.

The rationale for this workshop: For some time now, I have been receiving a volume of email questions, many people asking me how to submit work, how to make a submission, how to determine where to submit. There is no single or quick way to answer these questions adequately, especially via email, especially when I do not know the writer and/or his/her publication experience/history.

I am therefore conducting a workshop via PAWA, so that I can have the space to answer these questions in a non-virtual forum, but first, break it down: What are the do’s and don’t’s. In other words, what are our commandments, and what are our cardinal sins.

* I will compile and present resources, places where I find submissions calls.
* We will discuss how and where we decide to submit our work.
* We will discuss literary journals, magazines, anthologies. We will discuss print and online publication.
* We will talk about cover letters and bio statements.
* We will read a number of sample submissions calls carefully for the directions that we must follow. What does each publication require? For example: What are their page limits and formatting specifics, what are their policies on snail mail versus online submissions, on unpublished or previously published work?
* We will discuss ways of recording/tracking our submissions.
Finally, we will Q&A until we’re good and done.” -Barbara Jane Reyes

Reading to benefit Serve the People – Oakland, 7/17/11

Serve the People

“The reading will feature prose, poetry, and music. Performers include: Dickson Lam, David Maduli, and youth from the grassroots organization Serve the People (STP). We will also be displaying art and selling t-shirts as well! Proceeds will benefit STP. No one turned away for lack of funds.

*Dickson Lam earned his MFA degree in creative writing from Rutgers-Newark University and is also a graduate of UC Berkeley and Columbia U…niversity. He has taught in small schools in New York, Oakland, and San Francisco and was a founding teacher at June Jordan School for Equity. He is currently writing a memoir about growing up Asian American in a public housing project in San Francisco and trying to father himself the best he could with an absent father.

*David Maduli is a veteran public school teacher, active deejay in the Bay Area music scene, and published poet. He has received degrees from UC Berkeley and Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is an alumni of Voices of our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) summer workshop for writers of color. He is in the process of completing his debut collection of poems.

*Donna Nguyen is a singer who loves thrill rides, bright colors and works on being a boss. Graduated highschool and will be attending cal state northridge upcoming fall.

*Sarn Saechao is a young Mien poet from Oakland. He’s currently a student at Merritt College and a young adult member of STP. In his spare time, he can be found singing and playing his guittar.

*Serve the People is committed to the liberation of Asian Pacific Islander communities by organizing to address the inequalities that we face through political and cultural education, self healing, building unity, and fighting for social justice for all people.”

Panel with Filipino American Authors Gemma Nemenzo and Lorenzo Paran III – Daly City, 7/16/11

Daly City Library Filipino American Authors

“Join us on Saturday, July 16th, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm in the Community Room.

Authors Gemma Nemenzo and Lorenzo Paran III will be participating in a panel discussion with Moderator Jackie Castilleja-Guingona.”

  • WHERE: Serramonte Main Library, Community Room
    40 Wembley Drive
    Daly City, CA 94015
  • WHEN: Saturday, 7/16/11, 11am-12:30pm