It’s happening! The Smithsonian Institute’s Asian Pacific American Center is hosting its first ever Asian American Literature Festival next week in DC. I’ll be participating, as weill an incredible roster of artists, writers, publishers, and scholars. This is a historic event, and not to be missed. My participation is three-fold. I’ll be reading poetry as part of the Poetry Journal’s Asian American themed issue launch on Thursday night. On Friday, I’ll be making a Literary Address. The title of my remarks is “Awarding Abjection.” It’s likely to be a somewhat provocative conversation, and I’m looking forward to it. I’m also hosting a salon on Experimentalism and Community Building. It should be a busy but amazing time! I’m so grateful to the organizers, most especially Lawrence Minh-Bui Davis for his selfless organizing efforts and immensely generous imagination for community. Click the image above to visit their program site.
I’m honored to have had work the other week at a pop-up installation, CTRL + ALT, in NYC curated by the Smithsonian Institute exploring future imaginations. Over 40 artists, scholars, and writers participated in this weekend exhibition, hosted in Chelsea. My piece was an homage to Frank Herbert’s Dune. Check out the program page! Though the exhibition is closed, the website offers outstanding information about the various visual artists who participated. There is so much INCREDIBLE WORK out there!