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Decolonial Poetics*, Kundiman West Salon, Third Area & Writing the Desert – Call for Participants!

April 26, 2010

To all I’ve met this week –

Thank you for your lighted words.  Thank you for your ready ears.  Thank you for your gracious hellos.  Thank you for your smiling hands.

Hope to see you this week too!  (Also, looking for a few more community writers for the Writing the Desert project – deadline extended to this Wednesday, April 28 – info @ the bottom of this message!)

Where I’ll be this week:

Monday April 26, 2010: 3-5pm

Decolonial Poetics* Reading/Discussion

a reading & discussion on a collaborative decolonial poetics* project by Ching-In Chen & Tamiko Beyer (read by Ching-In Chen & Panida Lorlertratna)

INTN 4043 (Ethnic Studies Conference Room),

University of California at Riverside

Inspired by the examples of other queer women of color who were writing collectively, Ching-In Chen & Tamiko Beyer’s collaboration began as a response to participation in a panel organized by poet and scholar Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, entitled “Decolonial Poetics: Womanist, Indigenous, and Queer Poets of Color on the Art of Decolonization (also with ku’ualoha ho’omanawanui, Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano, Susan Deer Cloud, and Lisa Suhair Majaj) at the recent Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference last month in Denver.

We began by reading/thinking about the work of certain poetic ancestors, including Larissa Lai, Larissa Lai, Rita Wong, Cathy Park Hong, Eric Gamalinda, Haas Mroue, Judy Tzu-Chun Wu writing about the physician Margaret Chung, Kristin Naca, Pepón Osorio, Romel Joseph & June Jordan, writing two different poemstrands by exchanging work via e-mail and then using a collaborative revising process where we wove our words together. 

Sponsored by the Mellon Group on Decolonization Studies

* a phrase Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán has coined *

Wednesday April 28, 2010: 7-9pm

Kundiman West, Flying Fists Collective + Habi Arts

invite you to a

Kundiman Reading & Salon celebrating Asian American poetry!

Featuring Melissa Roxas, Nicky Schildkraut, Ngoc Luu, Jackson Bliss, Oliver de la Paz

+ a salon celebrating Asian American poetry (bring a poem by your favorite Asian American poet + your own to share!)
Emceed by Neil Aitken & Ching-In Chen.

Casa Princesa

4527 York Blvd

Los Angeles, CA

(323) 474-6860
$3 – 10 suggested donation — to benefit Kundiman (no one turned away for lack of funds).

Thursday April 29, 2010


Oliver de la Paz, Ching-In Chen, Neil Aitken and William Archila 



2525 Michigan Avenue

Santa Monica, CA  90404

310.828.0211 tel

Doors open 7:15 p.m. / Reading begins at 8 p.m.

$5 donation recommended.  Come early for nibbles and assorted beverages.

Frank Pictures Gallery


Writing the Desert – Call for Community Writers

workshop and reading

Workshop: Saturday, May 1st 12-5 pm

UCR California Museum of Photography

Reading: June 4th 7pm,

UCR Culver Center of the Arts

UCR Sweeney Art Gallery invites writers and poets to apply to participate in its Writing the Desert workshop. Writing the Desert will bring together people 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 first part will be a workshop between accepted applicants and members of the University of California-Riverside’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing for a one-day workshop collaboration. The workshop will take place on Saturday May 1st, from 12-5 pm. UCR MFA writers will lead discussions on topics related to writing about the idea of the desert in various contexts: Language, Visual Art, and Landscape and the re-assembly of identity, community and place; Landscape and place in poetry in the works of Eastern (Chinese and Japanese) and American poets that explore techniques of perspective and perception; constructing nonfiction pieces rooted in the landscape; and other topics.

The workshop will also allow for discussion about the presentation topics, and time for the participants to explore shared areas of interest in relation to the idea of the desert. Optional field trips to various desert sites may be planned at this time as well.

Workshop participants will read original work produced from the workshop at a limited engagement event to be held inside the new UCR Culver Center of the Arts on June 4th.

To apply, please submit the following to by April 28: 1. Contact information; 2. Writing sample (2-5 pages); Statement of intent explaining why you wish to be a part of the project (200 words). Applicants from the City of Riverside are highly encouraged, but applicants from Riverside County are also welcome.