Archive for June, 2010

Palestine: Thirsting for Justice, LA Poetry Festival reading + Mangos With Chili @ US Social Forum!

June 14, 2010

Upcoming performances — hope to see you there!

1) 6/15/2010: Palestine: Thirsting for Justice with BDS-LA & Tuesday Night Project (LA)
2) 6/20/2010: World Arts Olympus poetry reading aboard the Queen Mary (Long Beach)
3) 6/24/2010: Mangos With Chili 4th Anniversary Performance at the US Social Forum (Detroit)
1) BDS LA and TNP present ” Palestine: Thirsting for Justice”
Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Aratani Courtyard – 120 Judge John Aiso, Los Angeles, CA

USC SJP is proud to announce a special collaborative performance put together by Tuesday Night Project and BDS LA for Justice in Palestine that will take place June 15th, 7:30pm-9:45pm, at the Aratani Courtyard in Little Tokyo (which is wheelchair accessible).

Tuesday Night Project (TN Project) is a space for LA artists that has been flourishing since its creation in 1999, and has showcased the work of multi-disciplinary artists from the Asian Pacific Islander community as well as the larger Los Angeles arts community. TN Project’s purpose is to build space for people from a variety of backgrounds to connect through artistic expression and to provide time for cultural, social, and political awareness with opportunities for involvement, collaboration, real relationship-building and action.

The intention of the June 15th performance around the theme of water justice is to bring awareness to Los Angeles’ complicity and participation in water crimes in Palestine and to connect people of color’s struggles in Southern California for clean, accessible and affordable water to those of Palestinian communities in an apartheid state.

Performers/visual artists include:
Ching-In Chen, Ami Patel, Shoshani Vogel, Naaz Diwan, Tasneem, Patricia Torres

~Dedication to John Delloro~
The TN Project community has recently incurred the loss of a dear friend, activist, educator and young father, John Delloro. John founded the Dolores Huerta Institute and brought labor education, research, activism, and organizing onto community college campuses across California. John was a national leader of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO as well as the Phillipino Workers’ Center. He will be dearly missed and there will be a special dedication to him during the June 15th performance.

More on BDS LA and water justice in Palestine:

BDS LA for Justice in Palestine has launched the “Palestine, Thirsting for Justice” campaign. It is an LA based boycott and divestment campaign directed at severing all cooperation between the city of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Israel’s Mekorot National Water Company and Kinrot water technology incubator. This partnership would encourage sharing water research, technology and facilities while Los Angeles profits off of Israel’s water management experience, which has been built on apartheid and occupation for 60 years.

Conditions for Palestinians in the occupied territories in terms of water access and affordability are dire. It has been reported by Amnesty International and B’Tselem that Israel has monopolized water consumption and distribution by controlling and limiting access to the main sources of water, the Western Aquifer and the Jordan Basin. Israel’s “security” wall has unjustly dispersed water resources on the Israeli side while Israeli Water Authority forces Palestinians to pay 3-7 times more for water tankers than Israelis. Israel has not allowed the construction of any new Palestinian wells for agricultural purposes since 1967 and Palestinian water valves are often shut off in the summer. This widespread deprivation of water that Palestinians are suffering explains World Health Organization figures which state that Palestinians get 70 Liters of water per person per day while Israelis get 350 Liters of water per person per day (while the WHO sets the minimum standard at 100 Liters).

2) 2010 WORLD ARTS OLYMPUS Poetry Reading—
Saturday, June 19, 2010  1:30-6:00 PM
Sunday, June 20, 2010 12:30-4:00 PM
LA Poetry Festival is sponsoring two fabulous poetry readings aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach as part of the Arts Olympus event. Long Beach Harbor, 1126 Queen’s Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802.
I’ll be reading on Sunday & you can find out the full list of poets who are reading here at LA Poetry Festival.
Info: (310) 315-1978.
Donation required to board the Queen Mary. Parking $15.00
3) Mangos With Chili 4th Anniversary Performance at 2010 US Social Forum!
Thursday, June 24th, 5 PM, The Ampitheater, Detroit, MI

Featuring kay barrett*, Ching-In Chen, Qwo Li Driskill, Natro/Tre Vasquez*, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

*TBC as scholarship /rides figured out


Mangos With Chili is so happy to celebrate our 4th anniversary of existence at the 2010 U.S. Social Forum! 

This “whoever could somehow get to the D on no money” show brings together performers from the past three years of Mangos tours and Bay Area performances- bringing beautiful, potent  testimony of queer and trans of color and Two Spirit love, resistance, survival, kitchen tables and dreams of freedom to this world-transforming gathering.

As Detroit comes together to build a new world, Mangos With Chili comes together to share our fierce knowledge of queer and trans of color lives, sharing vital story that will bring the new world we deserve into being.

So- if you’re a Mango lover and supporter and you are always happy for a chance to see us, come through in Detroit to see an hour of hot-like-fire queer and trans of color spoken word, hiphop and shared story.

For more information:

Collaborative Poetries w/Flora Kao @ Writing the Desert, Asia Writes & Delirious Hem, Kundiman edition wrap-up!

June 4, 2010

Yesterday, at our last picnic for poetry workshop on the last day of classes of my MFA, I told my teacher Juan Felipe Herrera that had it not been for his poetry workshop that first quarter, I would have left this program.

Today, I put the finishing touches on my manuscript and have felt gratitude for all that I’ve come across here.  In this last year, I’ve been having a conversation with this particular landscape — the desert.  One of the beautiful things about this year has been being introduced to the stunning of work of visual artists like Noah Purifoy and Flora Kao — and engaging with their work through writing.  I’m also lucky that I’ve found writing peers who have been up for adventure, for fugue-ing with each other.

Six of us — Nicelle Davis, Evangeline Ganaden, Scott Hernandez, Kaitlin Manry, Jie Tian, & myself — have been writing poetic response to Flora Kao‘s desert paintings for the last few weeks & then Flora has returned the favor by creating visual images in response to our poems.  We will share some of this work as part of the Writing the Desert showcase on Friday night.

My favorite of Flora’s images made in response to our poems here:

Flora Kao's response to Writing the Desert Poetry

Writing the Desert

Literary Reading

June 4th 7-10pm

UCR Culver Center of the Arts

3834 Main Street

Riverside, CA 92501


or 951-827-1467

The Writing the Desert literary reading is an extension of UCR Sweeney Art Gallery’s collaboration with the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts project Dry Immersion 3 ( Writing the Desert brings together writers and visual artists interested in exploring the unique landscapes, ecologies, communities and aesthetic possibilities of the desert, with a special attention to the desert regions of Southern California.

The event will be a literary reading and display of artwork created by a group of writers and artists from Riverside during a one-month workshop and collaboration process. Featuring the work of Ricky Abity, Maureen Alsop, Khadija Anderson, Jackie Bang, Ching-In Chen, Nicelle Davis, Evangeline Ganaden, Scott Hernandez, Flora Kao, K. Wallace Longshore, Leora Lutz, Ruth Nolan, Nan Ma, Kaitlin Manry, Douglas McCulloh, Eric Shonkwiler, Jie Tian, Juan Valdivia and Masker Walters.


Also, new poems up this week at Asia Writes, a very supportive website for Asian writers writing in English.

& the final round of the Kundiman edition of Delirious Hem is up!  It’s been such a treat to read the words of my brilliant peers & their reflections/thinkings/engagements with their poetic lineages.  This final round features Alison Roh Park on survival tactics as a woman of color poet, Addie Tsai on discovering Sarah Gambito, R.A. Villanueva’s conversation with Janine Joseph on memory & poetics, Vanessa Huang on the Kundiman invocations for Melissa Roxas & Melissa Roxas on the Poetry of Evidence.