Long Beach resident and poet Michelle Brittan reads “Poem for My Mother.”
Michelle Brittan has had poems published in Calyx, Crab Creek Review,The Grove Review, The Los Angeles Review, Nimrod, Pilgrimage, and Poet Lore, and in the anthology, Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25. In 2011, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing at California State University, Fresno, where she won an Academy of American Poets Prize. Born in San Francisco, Michelle now lives in Long Beach and is a doctoral fellow in University of Southern California’s PhD program in Creative Writing & Literature.
New post from Kundiman’s Southern California Regional Group!
Monday, September 15th - 6:00 PM
Sis for Soul Sister
Curator: Cynthia Manick
Readers: Nivea Castro; Cathy Linh Che; LeConté Dill; R. Erica Doyle
Host: Ed Toney
For a night of tales, slams, and poetry, join Soul Sister Revue, a series for established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling.
$8 cover includes a drink
Nívea Castro is a two times VONA fellow alum and a member of the New York City Latina Writers Group. Her poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in Word, a Cave Canem chapbook, Best of Panic, Kalyani, Sinister Wisdom, and And Then. She is the curator of the Out Latina issue of Sinister Wisdom due for publication Spring, 2015. Nívea has performed and been featured in various venues including: Listen to Your Mother, a national series of live readings by local writers, Crack the Mic, Canvas of Words, La Pluma y Tinta, and MICHFEST. Nívea lives in Brooklyn and is presently completing a poetry manuscript and working on her upcoming book, Coquito Man. She is also a photographer, social justice attorney, LGBT activist, and educator.
Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James, 2014), winner of the 2012 Kundiman Poetry Prize. She has received residencies and fellowships from Poets & Writers, Poets House, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, and The Jerome Foundation. She splits her time between Long Beach, CA and Brooklyn, NY.
LeConté Dill has roots in South Central Los Angeles, grew branches in Atlanta, sprouted leaves in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is currently budding blossoms in New York City. She holds degrees from Spelman College, UCLA, and UC Berkeley. A public health scholactivist by day, LeConté has been writing poetry and fiction since elementary school. She has studied creative writing with Suheir Hammad, Ruth Forman, Willie Perdomo, C. S. Giscombe, ZZ Packer, opal moore, and most recently Cornelius Eady. LeConté’s work has been featured in Berkeley Poetry Review, Cal Literature and Arts Magazine (CLAM), CityFlight newsmagazine, The San Francisco Bay View, and The Los Angeles Sentinel. She has also been a featured poet at La Peña Cultural Center and Modern Times Bookstore. Most recently, she co-authored, co-edited, and co-published a poetry anthology with a group of teens from Oakland, California, titled Y U Gotta Call It Ghetto? Currently, LeConté is an Assistant Professor at the SUNY Downstate School of Public Health in Brooklyn. She is passionate about the power of writing for healing, empowerment, and social justice. LeConté credits her mom, sisters, and Nanas for fueling her creative endeavors.
R. Erica Doyle was born in Brooklyn to Trinidadian immigrant parents, and has lived in Washington, DC, Farmington, Connecticut and La Marsa, Tunisia. Her first book proxy, was published by belladonna* in 2013 and was a recipient of the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America and a Lambda Literary Awards Finalist. Her work appears in various journals and anthologies including Best American Poetry, Our Caribbean, Bum Rush the Page, Ploughshares, Callaloo, and Sinister Wisdom. Erica received her MFA in Poetry from The New School, and lives in New York City, where she is an administrator in the NYC public schools and facilitates Tongues Afire: A Free Creative Writing Workshop for queer women and trans and gender non-conforming people of color.
The Host - Ed Toney is an African-American Poet, writer and chemist born in Queens NY, living in Brooklyn N.Y for the past 19 years. Ed began seriously writing poetry attending The Louis Reyes Rivera workshops (one of his mentors) at Sista’s place in Brooklyn for many years. He is a member of AWP (Association of Writers and Writers program) a member of the Hot Poets Collective poetry writers group and on-going Cave Canem workshop participant. Ed was co-host and host at Speakeasy, an open mic venue at the Outpost in Brooklyn. He has featured and read at numerous poetry venues throughout the boroughs, McNally Jackson Bookstores, Rallies for Mumia, Calypso Muse, the Nuyorican, the Bowery Poetry Club, Dwyer Cultural Center, Soulsweet Sanctuary, Eves lounge, Open Expression in Harlem, Women in Bloom Writers Salon, Poets Network Exchange, and the Glitter Pomegranate reading series amongst many others. Ed is currently going wild submitting work, was published in African Voices 20th Anniversary magazine, a chapbook; Of Fire of Iron, published by The Hot Poets collective, The Poets Exchange anthology and Young’s Men Perspective magazine. He is continuously, diligently working on completion of his first poetry Manuscript titled, “Nicks in the Tongue”.
Photos and projections from our Lights Trauma Revelation NYC Kickoff Show at the Wild Poets House with openers: Sally Wen Mao, Wo Chan and Hosannah Asuncion. Tuesday August, 26th, 2014. Thank you NYC for your warmth and generosity of spirit, and chosen family who graced us with their presence. It was an honor to open our home to you, to fill the rooms with your voices and laughter.
Our tour is from August 26-Sept 7th. Hitting NYC, Detroit, Chicago, St. Paul, Madison, Seattle by the end of August and beginning from Aug 26-Sept 7th! For an in progress list of events click here.
"Inspired by the directorial cue—”Lights, camera, action!”—award-winning poets Cathy Linh Che ( cathylinhche ) , Jess X Chen ( jessxchen ) and Paul Tran ( iampaultran ) embark on a cross-country extravaganza to read from their first and upcoming books. From New York City to Seattle, these fearless poets combine the ferocity of oral history, spoken word, and Asian American poetics to extricate new narratives of trauma, exile, colonialism, and love in the aftermath of war. Their poems turn from anger to sorrow, mercy to compassion, the erotic to the crowning of one’s own life. Nothing is spared or unexamined. Here is a desire to witness and write it all.”
Poster & Photography by Jess X Chen, with assistance from Paul Tran and Cathy Linh Che
The event for our NYC Kick off show is here.
I’m so friggin’ excited to kick-off the LIGHTS TRAUMA REVELATION tour with Jess X Chen and Cathy Linh Che tomorrow night in NYC! We’ve been dreaming of this for months, and now it’s finally happening! I’m thankful for the gracious poets, organizers, friends, and Kundiman family who are bringing us into their homes, schools, libraries, and lives. I’m in the middle of a book project and can’t wait to share the new shit with you <3.
LA Koreatown resident Neil Aitken discusses love and loss in his poetry and reads “Counting Winters in Los Angeles.”
Neil Aitken is the author of The Lost Country of Sight, winner of the 2007 Philip Levine Prize, and founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review. His poems has appeared in American Literary Review, Anti-, Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, The Normal School, Ostrich Review, and elsewhere. A former computer programmer, he is currently completing his Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California. He was a Kundiman Fellow in 2005, 2006, and 2008.