Layli Long Soldier is a poet, a mother, a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation, and a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She wrote her latest collection of poetry as a response to the congressional resolution of "Apology to Native Peoples," which apologized to Native Americans for their mistreatment by the United States government signed by President Obama in 2010. The resolution is described by Layli as a silent gesture, tacked onto the Defense appropriations bill without any ceremonial acknowledgment or invitation to tribal leaders to witness its signing. Now, Standing Rock has become shorthand for this same painful history of ill-conceived policies and depredation.
Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation! Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors. Featuring MK Chavez, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Shelley Wong, Rachel Richardson, and music by AstraLogik. FB Event Info.
Inside Story Time: DEFIANCE, on Thursday May 25th, 7-9 pm, at Ale Industries, 3096 E. 10th Street, Oakland, will feature Micheline Aharaonian Marcom (A Brief History of Yes), Brynn Saito (Power Made Us Swoon), Nazelah Jamision (Evolutionary Heart), Vernon Keeve III (Southern Migrant Mixtape), and Josh Wilson. MCd by James Warner (All Her Father's Guns). More info here.
California poetry has looked to the future, as well as to its complex past and the present, as a way of understanding our place at the edge of the continent. California is about the magic of the land and the promise of possibility— yet the question remains, for whom? Seven contemporary California poets celebrate the diverse poetry of seven distinguished California writers, hoping to provide a lens through which to experience these visions of a life lived in the harsh clarity of a Western light.
Featuring Douglas Kearney reading Charles Bukowski; Victoria Chang reading Diane Di Prima; Brendan Constantine reading Wanda Coleman; Brynn Saito reading Adrienne Rich; Kim Dower reading Gertrude Stein; Amy Gerstler reading Czeslaw Milosz; and Blas Falconer reading Juan Felipe Herrera.
Haiku written in the Japanese American incarceration camps will be read by different performers in this intimate, haunting theatrical production organized by Peter McDonald, Dean of Library Services at the Henry Madden Library. Visit here to RSVP.
A reading with Optimism One and Micah Perks.
Art + POETRY + WINE
Inspired by Litquake's Flight of Poets event, poets Tess Taylor, Dean Rader, Brynn Saito, and Indigo Moor will each read a selection of their poetry in response to art in the Pairings exhibition. Chris Sawyer will bring it all together with a different Sonoma County wine to complement each poem/art pair. For reservations and further information, go to http://www.svma.org/calendar/events/pairings-senses or phone 707.939.7862 x13
Quiet Lightning, California State Parks, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy present Poetry in Parks 2016. This 3rd installation of Poetry in Parks is a free, day-long festival in the historic Cushing Memorial-Mountain Theater in Mount Tamalpais State ParkThe program includes Quiet Lightning’s flagship submission-based literary mixtape, selected through a blind process and published in a book handed out to the first 200 people in attendance, to be followed by an outstanding group of poets that includes Barbara Jane Reyes, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Brynn Saito, Arisa White, Charlie Getter, and Andrew Paul Nelson, and culminates in this year’s Neighborhood Heroes, featuring readings by CA Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, Pulitzer Prize-winning US Poet Laureate Emeritus Kay Ryan, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets Jane Hirshfield, San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia, sci-fi fount and Environmental Fellow Kim Stanley Robinson, and Editor of the New York Times Magazine poetry column, Matthew Zapruder.
“At Home On Earth” is a Living Arts Magazine evening, featuring Judy Grahn, Brynn Saito, Anne Carol, and Asia Morganthaler. Four artists collaborate in a multi-art, multi-cultural, multi-generational show of beauty and caring expressed in poetry, music, and paintings. How do we feel toward earth and her creatures? How can we reunite with the matrix of life in our personal lives? We will include a “live article” looking back at the 1969 history of Berkeley’s People’s Park demonstrations as recorded in Harold Adler’s book, The Whole World’s Watching.
Beast Crawl Presents Kundiman Fellows exploring the Asian American experience in/through the poetic line confronting the boundaries of face, disillusion, being human, being fierce.
Readers: Margaret Rhee, Iris Law, Brynn Saito, and Sally Wen Mao
Curator: Mg Roberts
A Red Hen Press reading at Diesel. DIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland hosts another installment of Poetry Flash on Sunday, July 10th at 3pm. The featured guest poets will be Brynn Saito and Jacqueline Tchakalian.
Writing is a tool of inquiry and empowerment for many poets and writers of color; with words, we carve and cobble the "farthest external horizons of our hopes and fears," as Audre Lorde once wrote. Join us on Friday, May 27th (6:15-8pm, CIIS first floor) for flash readings and a panel discussion exploring the themes of writing, identity, community, and empowerment. CIIS faculty and alums Regina Louise, Kenji Liu, Brynn Saito, Diego Basdeo Fitzgerald, and others TBD will read and sign books. We'll also celebrate the launch of the 2016 Interdisciplinary Writers Lab (a collaboration between Kearny Street Workshop and the MFA Programs at CIIS) and Mission At Tenth Inter-Arts Journal, vol. 6.
"Four Poets Approaching Dusk": An Oakland Book Festival afternoon poetry reading by four poets whose work and performances will showcase a variety of different yet mutually sympathetic approaches in contemporary American poetry. With Brynn Saito, Matthew Zapruder, and Arisa White.
Poetry and Politics in America at the Literary Arts Center in downtown Portland.
Join Fresno Poet Laureate Lee Herrick, Red Hen Press Award winning poet Brynn Saito, and Oregon Book Awards author Wendy Chin-Tanner for a frank discussion of identity politics, advocacy, and the role of contemporary Asian American poetics, as well as readings from their new work.
Why Poetry is Not a Luxury with Brynn Saito: Words create the thoughts that shape our reality, our movements, our public and private selves. How can reading and writing poems bring us closer to one another, creating threads of meaning and connection? How can we cultivate a poetic consciousness through simple exercises and rituals? What happens to our experience of time and life when poetry enters our world? Poetry is a powerful tool and a useful art that belongs to us all, not a luxury reserved for the privileged. As the great poet, Audre Lorde, once reminded us: “It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change.” In an era of constant distraction, reading and writing poetry can help us attune to the world, sharpen our senses, and illuminate the complexities inherent in our everyday moments. From Rumi to Mary Oliver, discover how making poetry a part of the fabric of your everyday life brings meaning and wonder to busy modern living.
Tickets available here.
LIMINAL has feminist and womanist Showcases bi-monthly, featuring 10-15 writers and performers. Facebook invite here. This Showcase will feature:
-Elena Mauli Shapiro
- Cassandra Dallet