The Broad Stage, Los Angeles, CA
Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

The Broad Stage, Los Angeles, CA

Red Hen Press Presents: The Fool in the World. Composer Sophia Serghi and writer Nancy Schoenberger combine to present a multi-art performance piece comprising original music, poetry and artwork, inspired by the imagery of the 22 cards of the Tarot’s Major Arcana. This piece is presented in conversation with the narrative poetry of Judy Grahn and Brynn Saito.

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"Storytelling for Change" Performances, Fresno, CA
Nov
3
to Nov 4

"Storytelling for Change" Performances, Fresno, CA

Original pieces performed by Storytelling for Change fellows, a program of Yonsei Memory Project. Each performance includes a guest artist sharing poetry, story, and dialogue. Nikiko Masumoto and Brynn Saito's Yonsei Memory Project remembers the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and connects the struggles of the past with today's unfinished promises of justice and equality. These performances will connect us to themes of social change, civil liberties, and resilience.

Saturdays: Oct 27 and Nov 3 at 7:30pm

Sundays: Oct 28 and Nov 4 at 2pm

Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

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"Storytelling for Change" Performances, Fresno, CA
Oct
27
to Oct 28

"Storytelling for Change" Performances, Fresno, CA

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Original pieces performed by Storytelling for Change fellows, a program of Yonsei Memory Project. Each performance includes a guest artist sharing poetry, story, and dialogue. Nikiko Masumoto and Brynn Saito's Yonsei Memory Project remembers the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and connects the struggles of the past with today's unfinished promises of justice and equality. These performances will connect us to themes of social change, civil liberties, and resilience.

Saturdays: Oct 27 and Nov 3 at 7:30pm

Sundays: Oct 28 and Nov 4 at 2pm

Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

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Community Dialogue Presentation, AFSC, Fresno, CA
Oct
26
3:00 PM15:00

Community Dialogue Presentation, AFSC, Fresno, CA

This round of platicas (community dialogues) is open to the public and provides space for engaging in dialogue about current affairs impacting immigrants, refugees and all people of color as a result of the negative rhetoric and criminalizing policies promoted by the current administration.

Platica #4
U.S. History of Exclusion
(Photo Exhibit Room)

This platica will provide spaces to share the immigration history of exclusion experienced by different communities in the Central Valley, including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Japanese internment camps during World War II, and the currently policies like the building of a wall and the Muslim ban.

Facilitator: Mario Sifuentez, Associate Professor of History, UC Merced

Presenters: Native American: Helen Coats; African American: Professor Kehinde Solwasi; Chinese Exclusion Act: Professor Franklin Ng; Japanese Internment Camp: Saburo Masada, Brynn Saito; Muslim Ban: Wasan Abu-Baker, TCOFP alumna; Building the Wall: Pedro Rios, AFSC San Diego Program

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Poetry World Series, San Francisco, CA
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry World Series, San Francisco, CA

Emceed by the incomparable Daniel Handler! Two teams of award-winning poets--Tongo Eisen-Martin, David Tomas Martinez, Brittany PerhamBrynn SaitoSam Sax and Melissa Stein take turns batting at topics pitched to them by the audience.

Fastballs, curveballs, knuckleballs: these poets won't know what's coming next! Hilarity guaranteed. Eminently qualified umpires Vanessa Hua and Dan Bellm will score each batter's reading, and the winning team takes the series title. Book sale/signing follows the reading.

Tickets are $5 in advance/$10 at the door. Doors open at 6:30--arrive early for the best chance at a seat. Don't forget to bring a topic to stump the poets with! 

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The Writer's Studio in Modesto, CA
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

The Writer's Studio in Modesto, CA

After a break for the summer, the Writer's Studio is back with luminary poet Brynn Saito, who will talk to us about her second full-length collection, POWER MADE US SWOON, which chronicles the journey of a Woman Warrior figure as well as the writer's own ancestors, who shift from Korea and Japan to Fresno to the Japanese internment camp in Manzanar and back.

If you've never heard of the Writer's Studio before, here's the deal: we're a reading series hosted by Dana Koster and Tri-Chromatic Gallery. As former writing lecturer at Cornell and professional poet, Dana missed the literary discourse and inspiring readings of University life. To recapture that spark, she started the Writer's Studio, a semi-regular series that focuses on one writer and begins with an in-depth interview about that writer's work and life, followed by an intimate reading. 

Doors open at 7:00 for wine and snacks and mingling, with book signing and audience Q&A to take place at the end. The Writer's Studio is for non-writers, new writers and seasoned writers alike! Come light up your mind! Come be inspired by the art of writing, the insightful conversation and the incredible gallery space!

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Fresno Poets' Association Reading Series, Fresno, CA
Sep
29
7:00 PM19:00

Fresno Poets' Association Reading Series, Fresno, CA

The Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Fresno State presents an evening with the Fresno State MFA Faculty as part of the Fresno Poets’ Association reading series.

Location: Arte Américas, 1630 Van Ness Ave. Admission and parking are free. Call 559.278.1569 for information.

Creative Writing Program faculty will read from their latest works: Venita Blackburn, author of the story collection Black Jesus and Other Superheroes; Joseph Cassara, author of the novel The House of Impossible Beauties; Steven Church, author of the nonfiction book I'm Just Getting to the Disturbing Part; Corrinne Clegg Hales, author of the poetry collection To Make it Right; John Hales, author of the nonfiction book Shooting Polaris; Brynn Saito, author of the poetry collection Power Made Us Swoon; and Tim Skeen, author of the poetry collection Risk.

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