During the last two weeks of my two-year stay in Austin I got to work with these two amazing filmmakers, Illyana Lydia Elizabeth and Breanna Granzow.
They followed me during my last days in Austin and put together a short film for my poem, Troubadour. This is my love letter to the city that broke me and brought me back up onto my feet.
Learn more about Illyana and Breanna
I’m a non-profit arts worker. It’s been very satisfying and I love my job. It’s also very time consuming so I haven’t been able to do things like update my website. All summer we’ve been working on putting together APAture. It’s our yearly festival dedicated to putting the spotlight on emerging Asian Pacific American artists.
We got so many dope artists participating: from more established and on the cusp artists like musician, Cynthia Lin and graphic novelist, Ben Seto to newer up and coming acts like Layla .A. from San Jose. We have a visual arts gallery, Comics and Illustration expo, a Literary Showcase, Music Showcase, Performing Arts Showcase, and we close with a Film Showcase. 6 different events in venues across SF and Oakland. This is going to be great. You should come. In fact if you get tickets on Sparxo, I’ll give you a code to get $2 off any event. Just go to:
Use the code ASPIRE and you’ll get the discount.
If I’m selling this it’s because the artists participating deserve having me do whatever is possible to get them an audience. I believe they are that damn good and need to be seen and need to be heard. Come through and let’s support some of best and brightest Asian Pacific American artists we got out there right now.
By all means my old ass should have done something like coach a team this year but then I went to the New Sh!t Show and won a slam and then made a team with these bad ass human beings and it’s like I couldn’t not be on a team again. These poets inspire me, they make me a better poet, and I couldn’t choose a better group of people to make one more go ’round with.
So we put a little book together. You want to get one? Look at who is in the book. You’re gonna want this one. All new unpublished poems. Good poems. I mean VERY good poems. Go to this link here and donate to our Indiegogo (but really you are buying a book)
Also we have shows coming up.
July 18th: Sam Sax’s book release at The New Shit Show. @Merchants of Reality 285 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 8pm
July 20th: New Shit Showcase @Arc Gallery 1246 Folsom San Francisco, CA 94103 7:30pm
July 23rd: New Shit Show Slam Team featured at the Berkeley Slam @The Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck, Berkeley, CA 8pm
And here are some other shows where you can catch me
The Lit Slam @Shelton Theatre 533 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 8pm
InsideStorytime (I’ll be doing this solo, reading from my book, AMULET!) @La Movida Wine Bar & Community Kitchen 3066 24th St, San Francisco, California 94110 7:30pm
I’m going to be part of this amazing show with Patricia Smith, Willie Perdomo, Lorna Dee Cervantes, and a whole bunch of poet friends I admire like Denise Jolly, Sonya Renee, Katelyn Lucas, Josh Healey, Raina Leon, and so many more! Please come, it’s going to be an amazing night! And the event is free! But you have to register at eventbrite or you might not get in.
I am proud to announce that starting this week I will be the new Program Manager at Kearny Street Workshop. They, or rather I should get used to saying “we” now, are the oldest multi-disciplinary Asian American arts organization in the country with a long, storied history. I am very excited to be able to focus in on the fostering and development of Asian American artists in the Bay Area and hope to do the founders– Jim Dong, Lora Joh Foo, and Mike Chin– proud. I hope to honor the writers who have been published under Kearny Street Workshop press, particularly Al Robles, Jeff Tagami, and the man who was such a great source of support and mentoring during my undergrad years when I first decided to become a writer, Jaime Jacinto.
To come up as an Asian American artist in San Francisco during the late 90′s was an amazing experience for me: working with Tongue in a Mood at Bindlestiff Theatre, Teatro Ng Tanan, getting my feet wet in spoken word with other Filipino artists, the multitude of experiences I had while in the presence of other Asian American artists working in so many different disciplines. I was exposed to so much talent that helped shape and effect the artist I am today.
I understand the conditions I will be working in at this moment and that the San Francisco that exists now is not the San Francisco where I grew up as an artist. But I look forward to the chance to help create more spaces for Asian Americans to speak and communicate with each other face to face and through our various disciplines. I look forward to helping give The City a little bit of this back. A lot of us became artists because it was a means to have a voice in a culture and a society that actively seeks to silence you. So let’s shout together. Let’s make a big noise.
Much thanks to TJ Basa, Claire Light, Alex Wang, and Ben Needham. I can’t wait to work with all of you. And to Joyce Juan Manalo, thank you for the support you have given me now and especially during the time I was a young, dumb kid still learning my way around being a good artist and a good person. Best of luck to you.