Apply! Kearny Street Workshop and CIIS re-launch IWL

Come write with me (and Chinaka Hodge and Nayomi Munaweera) in San Francisco this summer! Kearny Street Workshop, in collaboration with California Institute of Integral Studies, is re-launching the Interdisciplinary Writers Lab (IWL), a 3-month, multi-genre master class for local writers scheduled for summer, 2015. IWL is a unique program that challenges emerging writers to thoroughly explore and develop their writing skills and styles across multiple genres. Applications due on March 23, 2015.

"16 Women Writers Who'll inspire You to Write"

Thanks to Bustle and Gina Vaynshteyn for including me on this list. "Brynn Saito’s poems truly sing. Her book, The Palace of Contemplating Departure, is easy to fall in love with because the words and lines transition so fluidly. You can tell her poems (which work well on the page) translate on stage, too, which is important, especially if you’re a poet who wants to perform live..." 

The Palace is reviewed by NewPages

Thank you, NewPages and Theresé Samson Wenham for posting a review of The Palace of Contemplating Departure. "In her debut collection, Brynn Saito carries uncertainties and measures them out against the known and the unknown. Saito finds an enthralling voice for complex emotions about race, war, identity, scars, ghosts, family, and suffering." Read on at NewPages.

Thank you, Wendy Chin-Tanner, for a lively conversation!

Thank you to Wendy and Lantern Review for a wonderful conversation. As I note in the interview, "both my experience in the Kundiman fellowship and my friendship with Traci Brimhall have taught me that being a good literary citizen is about cultivating authentic connections and caring about one another. It’s about believing in and championing one another’s work. It’s a model that goes against the individualism so prevalent in a competitive, capitalistic North American social framework."