Excited to be in the Bay area this weekend to participate in the From Trauma to Catharsis: Performing the Asian Avant Garde symposium
Thursday, August 21. Pre-Symposium Reading and Dancing
6:30 PM – 9 PM @ Cat Club SF – 1190 Folsom St., San Francisco CA
MFA Mixer August 2014 presents: From Trauma to Catharsis: Performing the Asian Avant Garde
The MFA Mixer is a monthly reading event that brings together current MA/MFA/PhD students (and a few recent or semi-recent graduates) from all over the SF Bay Area to read from their work.
Each reader has up to 6 MINUTES to read!
Admission is free.
The Cat Club
1190 Folsom St.
$2.00 well drinks from 9-10 pm.
’80s dance party begins at 9 pm!
Our August readers:
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Reading begins at 7 pm!
From Trauma to Catharsis: Performing the Asian American Avant Garde symposium Friday-Sunday will take place at CIIS MFA Programs
1453 Mission St, San Francisco, California 94103
This four-day symposium hosted by the MFA Program at California Institute of Integral Studies, (CIIS) brings internationally recognized writers, scholars and students of the Asian Avant- Garde together in an artistic and experimental setting. In keeping with the university’s mission of forging understanding between East and West, participants will recover, examine, and place in historical context themes of miscegenation, aggression, and privilege within this global diaspora. We will explore the mental and aesthetic health of this community, from its beginnings in individual writers to its articulation as a movement, albeit one whose artistic integrity remains loosely defined and misunderstood by the much larger experimental poetic community.
Each day of the symposium is thematically focused, offering participants and attendees rich opportunities for engagement and investigation of the multi-layered themes. The format—bridging literary presentation, facilitated breakout sessions, and the participatory production of creative work—will foster the development of a community that will carry this discussion forward well beyond the event itself.
The goals of the symposium at the outset are many; others will emerge collectively through the conversations and investigations held together. As the conference title suggests, we start with trauma, recognizing the dimensions of the Asian Avant-Garde that are miscegenated, aggressive, schizophrenic, and resulting from privilege. After the 3-day journey together we move towards catharsis; we will discover ways for the subject of the Asian Avant-Garde to move onward and away from aggression and trauma, to write for and from healing.
D’Lo (D’Loco Kid)
Cheena Marie Lo
Jai Arun Ravine
Jason Magabo Perez
Sean Labrador y Manzano
Free and Open to the Public.
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, August 22.
6 PM – 7:15 PM
Interrogation: Dis/Orientation and Re/Orientation-What is the Avant Garde for?
Presenters: Bhanu Kapil, Geneva Chao, Pireeni Sundaralingam, Truong Tran, MG Roberts, Sean Labrador y Manzano
7:30 PM – 9 PM
Performances by MG Roberts, Jason Magabo Perez, Monica Mody, Laurie Buenafe Krsmanovic, and Coke Tani
Followed by Open Mic
Saturday, August 23.
10 AM – 12PM
(1) Writing and Performance Workshop: Step Through The Indigo Door That Has Opened In the Air Above You
with Bhanu Kapil
(2) Performance Workshop: D’FaQTo Life
12 PM – 1PM
1 PM -230 PM
Interrogating Queerness: The Poetics of Both and Neither
with Cheena Marie Lo, Soham Patel, MG Roberts, Ching-In Chen
230PM – 330PM
AVATAR | DIASPORA
with Ronaldo V. Wilson
330PM – 430PM
430PM – 6PM
(1) Mixed Race, Mixed Gender, Mixed Genre: Disfluency and Illegibility in Identity and Art Making
with Jai Arun Ravine
(2) Poetics of Dis/Appearance: Historicity and Resistance in the Asian Avant Garde
with Geneva Chao
6 PM – 7PM
7 PM – 9 PM
Performances by Bhanu Kapil and D’Lo
Sunday, August 24.
Performing the Avant-Garde: Poetry Beyond the Written Word
10 AM – 1PM
(1) The Passion of El Hulk Hogancito
with Jason Magabo Perez
(2) Beauty of the Resisting Body, or Interrogating the Other
with Sean Labrador y Manzano
(3) Trauma of the Avant-Garde & Intercession of the Waters: A Future Possible
with Monica Mody
(4) Kimchi Poetry Machine
with Margaret Rhee
Truong Tran as facilitator
1 PM – 2 PM
2 PM – 3 PM
Incubating Catharsis with Pireeni Sundaralingam and Carolyn Cooke – Deconstructing the Asian Avant Garde
3 PM – 7 PM
Performances by Conference Participants
7PM – DAWN of a New Day