Archive for August, 2014

SF this weekend: From Trauma to Catharsis: Performing the Asian Avant Garde

August 21, 2014

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:

1st half:
Chris Pine
Jason Bayani
Ahmunet Jordon
François Luong
Margaret Rhee

2nd half:
Jayinee Basu
Truong Tran
Robert Ricardo Reese
Natalia Duong
Ching-In Chen

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. 

Bhanu Kapil
D’Lo (
D’Loco Kid)
Pireeni Sundaralingam
Ronaldo Wilson
Truong Tran
Mg Roberts
Ching-In Chen
Cheena Marie Lo
Geneva Chao
Soham Patel
Jai Arun Ravine
Margaret Rhee
Monica Mody
Jason Magabo Perez
Sean Labrador y Manzano

Free and Open to the Public.
More info:

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
Bhanu Kapil
(2) Performance Workshop: D’FaQTo Life
with D’Lo

12 PM – 1PM
Lunch Break

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
with Ronaldo V. Wilson

330PM – 430PM
Creative Incubation

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
Lunch Break

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