San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Eastwind Books is proud to present an amazing lineup of poets in celebration of National Poetry Month:
Hosted by Isa Borgeson with special guest (and Eastwind alum) Shivani Narang.
Genny Lim is the current San Francisco Jazz Poet Laureate. She is the author of the award-winning play, Paper Angels, Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island and four poetry collections, Winter Place, Child of War, Paper Gods and Rebels and Kra! A noted poet performer who’s collaborated with the late Max Roach and bassist, Herbie Lewis. Lim has performed in numerous jazz festivals and venues, including the SF Jazz Poetry Festival and World Poetry Festivals in Venezuela, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Italy. Her poetry and vocals can be heard on Asian ImprovArts recordings with her long time collaborator Francis Wong, Devotee and Child of Peace and Jon Jang on Immigrant Suite. Lim's expansive career of arts activism was recently manifested in the SF SAFE house premier, Don't Shoot! A Requiem in Black, addressing the problem of police violence.
Tony Robles--San Francisco poet and author of "Cool Don't Live Here No More--A letter to San Francisco". Short list nominee for Poet Laureate of San Francisco. Pushcart Prize nominee for short story, "In My Country". Work has been included in anthologies including Tayo Literary Magazine, Growing Up Filipino Volume II, Mythium Journal, The Asian Pacific American Journal among others.
Jade Cho is a writer and educator from Oakland, California. The granddaughter of Toisanese immigrants, her writing explores diaspora, race, gender, ghosts, and the intersections of power and privilege that impact us all. She is the author of In the Tongue of Ghosts (First Word Press, 2016). Her writing has appeared in Namjai: A Tribute to Bay Area API Poets, Third Woman Pulse, and The Offing. She has been on two nationally-competing slam teams, representing the Bay Area at Brave New Voices 2010 and UC Berkeley at College Unions Poetry Slam 2013, where she was awarded “Best Political Poem” and “Best Writing as a Team.” She has performed and facilitated workshops at venues across the nation, from Davies Symphony Hall and Nourse Theater in San Francisco, to Occidental College and Wesleyan University.
Pete Kenichi Yamamoto is a mixed-race Japanese American poet and community worker. He has had the intense pleasure of knowing and working with the great poet Al Robles. Pete spent the last three years of the International Hotel's existence living with the Manongs there, was evicted with them in August of 1977 and currently hangs out in Nihomachi, San Francisco.
Isabella “Isa” Borgeson is a queer, multiracial Filipina American national slam poet and teaching artist from Oakland, California who views her poetry as an extension of her activism and community organizing. In 2012, Isa won "Best Poem" of the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI), where she represented UC Berkeley for three years. Isa is a 2015 fellow for the Voices of Our Nation Art Foundation (VONA). In December 2015, she performed at the United Nations Climate Change negotiations in Paris for COP21, where she used her poetry to speak out about the impact of climate change on her Philippines homeland and other island nations. Isa's poetry and activism have been featured on CNN, NBC, Inquirer, and the Guardian. Her passion and commitment toward social justice issues and teaching poetry as a tool for resistance keeps her grounded in her communities across the Pacific Ocean – a homeland from Oakland to Tanauan. (isaborgeson.com)
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