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“Other Words, Other Worlds”: Poetry, Creativity, and Historical Memory

  • Aldersgate United Methodist Church 4243 Manuela Ave Palo Alto, CA, 94306 United States (map)

Please join us for an intergenerational poetry reading and discussion with local award-winning poets, Brian Komei Dempster, Mia Ayumi Malhotra, and Brynn Saito. Brian’s recently-published book of poems, Topaz, traces the experiences of a Japanese American family separated and incarcerated during World War II, while Mia and Brynn’s poetry imagines and re-imagines stories of the wartime incarceration from a yonsei (fourth generation) perspective. All three writers use poetry to tap into a cultural legacy of silence, conjuring “other worlds” and memories through creative writing. The poets will read from their work then engage in a brief conversation and Q&A about the creative process.

Lunch: 11am-12pm; Reading & Discussion: 12pm-1:30pm