APA Heritage Month Update, and How to Respond to an 800 Year Old Poem
This Asian Pacific American Heritage Month has been a busy one so far for me. For the week of May 1-7, I guest curated a wonderful series of posts on the Best American Poetry blog about Asian and Pacific Islander American poetry.
Many thanks to everyone at The Best American Poetry for the opportunity, and to Patricia Y. Ikeda, Iris A. Law (Lantern Review), Barbara Jane Reyes (Doveglion Press), and Gerald Maa (Asian American Literary Review) for collaborating with me on it.
I had the pleasure of attending an APA Heritage Month literary night at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center curated by Barbara Jane Reyes, featuring the poetry of Robert Ricardo Reese, Margaret Rhee, Jason Bayani, and Vanessa Huang, all very talented Bay Area APA poets.
Today, Lantern Review‘s blog has posted a short entry I wrote titled “Process Profile: Kenji C. Liu Discusses ‘A Son Writes Back‘”. In it I discuss how I responded to a Confucian qilu poem written by my ancestor almost 800 years ago.
On May 31 at 6 pm, Kartika Review will be hosting its first public poetry reading, “We Axe You to Speak“, at the San Francisco Public Library (Main), featuring Barbara Jane Reyes, Eddy Zheng, Margaret Rhee, Shelley Wong and myself on the mic. This event is presented with the Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA) and the SFPL’s Filipino American Center. 6 pm. Free!