Join me as I moderate a discussion with historian and community activist Mary Adams Urashima regarding the Historic Wintersburg property in Huntington Beach, representing over a century of Japanese immigration to the United States.
Join me in discussion with Sam Mihara, a Japanese-American survivor of racial imprisonment during WWII.
Wednesday, Nov. 20th, 2019, @ Chapman's Musco: Doors Open @ 6:00 PM (6:30 PM Start time!)
Our fourth Orange County Placemaking Roadshow (Links to an external site.) program takes place at the Musco Center for the Arts (Links to an external site.) in Orange.
A special event featuring conversations and performances at Performers Court with Sam Mihara, Jonelle Strickland, Chef Craig Brady, Chef Daniella Malfitano, and Dylan Kanner.
This project was made possible with support from Chapman University, The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, a state-funded grant project of the California State Library and from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit chapman.edu (Links to an external site.), library.ca.gov (Links to an external site.) and calhum.org
Join me for a lively panel discussion featuring LGBT Center OC Immigration Resources Specialist Luis Gomez, as well as Tony Ortuno and Olivia Zoey Martinez, on intersectionalities of the immigrant and LGBTQ communities.
Join me in conversation with Doctors Kristine and Ester as they share their overlapping fields of expertise, Asian American and Central American immigration/racial experiences in the United States.
Listen to a conversation featuring community activist Patti Hirahara and scholar of Japanese-American identity Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa. Find out why Japanese-American challenges are relevant in today's world and why they are not exclusive to Japanese Americans.
Join Me for a Community Lecture (One of Five) in Orange County, Funded through the CA Civil Liberties (CA State Library) and Moderated by Yours Truly
The ORANGE COUNTY PLACEMAKING ROADSHOW kicks off in Anaheim at Muzeo on October 6. This special event features conversations and performances with Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa, Patti Hirahara, Jonelle Strickland, Chef Shachi Mehra, Chef Daniella Malfitano, and Harlis Sweetwater.
$400 at stake for three rounds of Slam. My scores in round one: a "nine," an "eight," and (wait for it...) a "one." I am eliminated in the company of friends and artists who understand all too well that life isn't always how one person sees it. Why a one, you ask? (Because I used that word.) But would I do it again? In a hot second, yes!
Why does one take time away from work, family, and the status quo to fly across a mountain range in Colorado, straight through a rainbow, and thwack onto the tarmac where a lightening storm keeps her grounded for another hour in anticipation of whatever is to come?
The answer, I think, has something to do with finding the restorative energy to return to all of these wonders and to see them, perhaps in a new light.
What I took away from Aspen Words this year was not the editor or agent whose calling was to launch my career (poets, I can hear you all laughing), but the peace of mind that literature, in all of its myriad forms, can and does still matter.
Today, I am grateful for having shared a week with each of you. You have given me each a lifetime of wonder.
Thank you, Aspen. And thank you, words.
For all of us who believe there is not one way. One genre. One spirit. One answer. Or even one question. This blog is for the writer before she was so, as well as for the reader who defies her expectations every time: it is for the poets, satirists, fiction writers, essayists, diarists, and ancient word wanderers; this blog is for the infinitely unwritten. To each, a celebration. A celebration to all.