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AT THE JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles: As part of the 10th Anniversary Celebration, we will have a closing reception for the exhibition Crossings on Saturday June 20 at 2pm. Included will be a tour of the exhibition followed by a reading with Sesshu Foster. Admission to the museum and this event is free so please invite all your friends!
“Crossings: 10 Views of America’s Concentration Camps” is an exhibition providing artists’ perspectives into the mass incarceration of Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II by the U.S. government. The exhibition looks at art based on this subject in an attempt to provide greater insight into a dark episode of American history.
Location: Japanese American National Museum
Street: 369 East First Street
City/Town: Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, June 30, 6:30-8pm
Second Annual Bryant Park Reading: Sesshu Foster, Adrienne Su, and Vijay Seshadri.
Join us for three critically acclaimed poets at Word For Word Poetry at the Bryant Park Reading Room.
@ Bryant Park Reading Room
(btwn 5th & 6th Avenue, adjacent to the James Earl Dodge monument)
FREE and open to the public
Adrienne Su teaches poetry-writing workshops, contemporary American poetry, Writing about Food and Culture, and a hybrid literature-and-creative-writing course called The Craft of Poetry. She is also director of Dickinson’s creative writing program.
Su is the author of these books of poems: Middle Kingdom (Alice James Books, 1997), Sanctuary (Manic D Press, 2006), and Having None of It (Manic D Press, 2009). In 2007 she received a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Virginia, Su has had residencies at Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. In the summer of 2003, she was the resident poet at The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire, the house where Robert Frost wrote many of his early poems.
Poems appear in anthologies including The New American Poets, Asian-American Poetry: The Next Generation, Best American Poetry 2000, and Literature and Its Writers: A Compact Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (4th edition). Middle Kingdom has been translated into Chinese and was released in China in 2006. Poems recently appeared in the journals Antioch Review, Crazyhorse, New Letters, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, Southwest Review, and Oxford American.
Sesshu Foster has taught composition and literature in East L.A. for 20 years. He’s also taught writing at the University of Iowa, the California Institute for the Arts and the University of California, Santa Cruz. His work has been published in The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry, Language for a New Century: Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond, and State of the Union: 50 Political Poems. One of his last readings at St. Mark’s Poetry Project NYC is Mp3 archived at www.salon.com and local readings are archived at www.sicklyseason.com. He is currently collaborating with artist Arturo Romo and other writers on the website, www.ELAguide.org. His most recent books are the novel Atomik Aztex and World Ball Notebook.
Vijay Seshadri was born in Bangalore, India, in 1954 and came to America at the age of five. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where his father taught chemistry at Ohio State University, and has lived in many parts of the country, including the Pacific Northwest, where he spent five years working in the fishing and logging industries, and New York’s Upper West Side, where he was a sometime graduate student in Columbia’s Ph.D. program in Middle Eastern Languages and Literature. His collections of poems include James Laughlin Award winner The Long Meadow (Graywolf Press, 2004) and Wild Kingdom (1996). His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in AGNI, The American Scholar, Antaeus, Bomb, Boulevard, Lumina, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Shenandoah, The Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, Verse, Western Humanities Review, The Yale Review, the Times Book Review, the Philadelphia Enquirer, Bomb, The San Diego Reader, and TriQuarterly, and in many anthologies, including Under 35: The New Generation of American Poets, Contours of the Heart, Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times, and The Best American Poetry 1997 and 2003.
Seshadri has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been awarded The Paris Review‘s Bernard F. Conners Long Poem Prize and the MacDowell Colony’s Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement. He holds an A.B. degree from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. He currently teaches poetry and nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.
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