Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Wow Comments

 I was turned down for a grant application today, but what a gift to get comments!

There is so much I love about your work, particularly the way you've illustrated the legacy of family and tradition while rooting it all in this very specific time. Your prose is both detailed and spare, dazzling at times. The repetition in "Learning to Drive Defensively" is incredibly powerful. And yes to this: "I write myself into existence every day." Yours is an important voice that we all need to hear/read right now.

Your first piece--"Sowing Aunties"--is marvelous! Your deft weaving of tradition, voice, and prose that's humorous, and yet contains gravity, is really admirable.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

AAWAA Exhibition photographs of "Sowing Aunties"

Exhibition photographs of "Sowing Aunties" from Asian American Women Artists Association Sowing Agency art exhibition at SOMarts in San Francisco, May 2021. Check out the virtual exhibition tour (although I think my piece is behind a wall...tell me if you figure out how to see it) 

https://www.aawaa.net/sowing-agency-2021

VIDEO: Poetry Reading at the 20:00 mark https://youtu.be/uoevDCjz6kg








Saturday, May 1, 2021

VIDEOS: Poetry Readings: AAWAA Sowing Agency Opening and IS/LAND DIA "Lost Constellation"

Big Thanks to the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and APICC for sponsoring the 2021 Sowing Agency Arts Exhibition and United States of Asian America Festival (USAAF2021). Here is the video of the Opening launch party. My artwork and poetry reading "Sowing Aunties" is at the 20:00 minute mark  https://youtu.be/uoevDCjz6kg

Big Thanks also to the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) for hosting IS/LAND's dance and poetry performance, "Lost Constellation," which premiered today with the beautiful talents of J. Amber Kao, Ciale, and Chien-An Yuan. You won't see me, but you will hear me and my poetry at the 3:36 minute mark.  https://youtu.be/LRHWNcE3arU

Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

Friday, April 30, 2021

USAAF 2021 Kick-Off and Sowing Agency Opening Reception Tickets, Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

Check out my found object art installation and hear my poetry performance 4/30/2021 9:00pmEDT/ 6:00pm PDT/ 3:00pmHST

The 24th annual United States of Asian America Festival kicks off with the opening reception to Sowing Agency, a visual arts exhibition.

The 24th annual United States of Asian America Festival (USAAF) kicks off with the opening reception to Sowing Agency, a visual arts exhibition. Join us for a night that features a showcase of literary readings, performances and presentations from artists involved in the exhibition and the festival at large.

Automatic live captioning will be available through Zoom.

Followed by an after party and social gathering (more details coming soon)!

OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCES

Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt (@bigbigbigthings) has been developing a relationship with cotton as part of her research on Philippine weaving and will be "live-spinning" homegrown cotton. She would like to acknowledge her teachers from the @hawaiihandweavershui for sharing their spinning tools, seeds, and knowledge.

Pallavi Sharma collaborates with Shailaja Dixit (performer, musician, and activist) and Sonal Sanghvi (Classical Indian dancer) for an inter-disciplinary performance. A contrapuntal reading of the mythological story of "Raktbeej" the demon who was slain by goddess Durga, the performance draws attention to the contribution of women farmers, how they are exercising their agency to activate spaces and creating discourse on the current global ecological crisis since Chipko movement in1973.

Featuring a poetry reading by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang and Narinda Heng.

With previews of USAAF events, Liwanag 3 by SOMA Pilipinas, Scattered Home Voices by Vida Kuang, The Rooted Recipes Project, Never Again Now! by Jon Jang and Paul Flores.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Sowing Agency is inspired by the fight for environmental justice, activating our Asian Pacific Islander communities to engage in the issues of today’s climate crisis. With a number of artistic disciplines represented, the pieces featured in the show work to realign our relationships with the Earth through introspection and collective leadership. The exhibition’s broad coalition of community partners amplifies calls for increased action to challenge extractive industries, monocultures, corporate greed and colonization. Weaving local and global climate resistance into our cultural consciousness, Sowing Agency is a visual and poetic address to the grief and resiliency rooted in “seeding the future.”

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Asian American Women Artists Association, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, SOMArts Cultural Center, Asian Art Museum along with community partners: Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour, South of Market Community Action Network, 18 Million Rising and Survival Media Agency.

Funded in part by San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, California Arts Council and Zellerbach Family Foundation and proudly sponsored by Asian Art Museum and Rainbow Grocery.

ABOUT THE UNITED STATES OF ASIAN AMERICA FESTIVAL

This year's 24th annual United States of Asian American Festival (USAAF) presents over 20 different programs reflecting the artistic accomplishments and cultural diversity of San Francisco’s Pacific Islander and Asian American communities. USAAF showcases artists representing a diverse range of ethnic and cultural groups and aims to heighten the visibility of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) artists working in all disciplines - theater, music, dance, film, literature, visual arts, and more! Our goal is to nurture and empower these groups to be self-sufficient while providing the support they need to grow.

This year’s theme, Forging Our Futures - SoMa & Chinatown, explores how we are fostering recovery, resilience and regeneration in our communities, what place-making and community building looks like, past, present and future and how we're imagining and manifesting empowered future for ourselves and our communities.

USAAF 2021 is funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, California Arts Council, Fleishhacker Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, startsmall and National Endowment for the Arts.

USAAF 2021 Kick-Off and Sowing Agency Opening Reception Tickets, Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Sowing Agency VIP Curator Tour Tickets, Thu, Apr 29, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT/ 4:00 pm PDT | Eventbrite

Check out my found object art installation "Sowing Aunties" Thursday 4/29 7pmEDT/ 4pmPDT
Get a sneak peak at Sowing Agency before it officially opens to the public in this online VIP Curator Preview!

Get a sneak peak at Sowing Agency, a momentous exhibition presented by the Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC), showcasing over 20 artists and artworks engaging with themes of environmental leadership, activism and kinship.

This online VIP preview will be led by curator Lisa Pradhan and Exhibition Manager, Diana Li at SOMArts Cultural Center with artist talks by exhibiting artists Angela Han, Claire Lau, Cindy Shih and Wen-hao Tien.

This tour is open for exhibiting artists, community partners and exhibition sponsors to attend. Space is limited for 15 more people to join us at our Seed Sowing sponsorship level of $150, which comes with a number of promotional opportunities for your company or brand.

Learn more about the exhibition and read through our sponsorship kit here!

SPREAD THE WORD

www.aawaa.net/sowing-agency-2021

This exhibition takes place at SOMArts Cultural Center April 30-May 23, 2021 and is presented in partnership with APICC for their 24th Annual United States of Asian America Festival and the Asian Art Museum.

Community partners include Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour, South of Market Community Action Network, 18 Million Rising and Survival Media Agency.

Funded in part by San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, California Arts Council and Zellerbach Family Foundation.

Proudly sponsored by Asian Art Museum and Rainbow Grocery.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Today! Free Online Writing workshop at New York Public Library in Mandarin Chinese

Happy National Poetry Month! Here is the link to the final FREE ONLINE class that I am teaching at New York Public Library through New York Writers Workshop today in Mandarin Chinese. Register today to come write with me!

Prose Poetry Workshop: Finding Your Voice (in Mandarin Chinese) 4/28 12:00pm EDT/9:00am PDT

New York Public Library Online, Poetry Programming, World Literature Festival:
Prose Poetry: Finding your Voice with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang in Mandarin Chinese
散文詩 : 跟著王凱華找回你自己的聲音

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 12 - 1 p.m. EDT/ 9:00 am PDT/ 6:00 am HST
End times are approximate. Events may end early or late.

PROGRAM LOCATIONS:
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) of New York Public Library
Fully accessible to wheelchairs
Online

How to register: Online

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the New York Public Library with New York Writers Workshop

If you have been scribbling poetry in secret journals for years or if you have been waiting to find time to begin a memoir for your loved ones, it can take time to find your authentic voice or to have enough trust to show your writing to the world, so let’s begin here, one word, one day at a time. Hands-on workshop. What is Prose Poetry? How do I begin? How do I overcome barriers to writing? Bring a notebook and pen.

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a journalist, essayist, and poet focused on issues of Asian America, race, justice, and the arts. Her writing has appeared at NBCAsianAmerica, PRI GlobalNation, Cha Asian Literary Journal, Kartika Review, Drunken Boat. She teaches Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies at University of Michigan and creative writing at University of Hawaii Hilo and Washtenaw Community College. She co-created a multimedia artwork for Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. She is a Knight Arts Challenge Detroit artist. In Chinese School, she was often scolded for having the best spoken Chinese in class and the worst written Chinese. Franceskaihwawang.com @fkwang

This program will be conducted in Mandarin Chinese, partly in English

什麼是散文詩?我該如何開始?如何克服寫作障礙?如果您曾在日記本上暗自寫詩,或等待時機為親人寫回憶錄,可能需要很長的時間才能展示您的作品。讓我們帶上筆記本和筆, 一步一步跟著王凱華教授從這裡開始,動手寫作。

王凱華是一位記者,散文家和詩人,專注於亞裔美國人,種族,正義和藝術領域。她的著作曾發表在多種美國刊物。她在密歇根大學(University of Michigan)教授亞洲/太平洋島民美國研究,並在夏威夷大學希洛(Hilo)和Washtenaw 社區學院教授創作。她在史密森尼亞太美國中心共同創作了多媒體藝術品。其個人資料請參見網站:http://www.franceskaihwawang.com/

此項活動以普通話輔以英文進行


ABOUT NEW YORK WRITERS WORKSHOP
New York Writers Workshop is an alliance of published authors and professional writers of fiction, non-fiction, journalism, poetry, plays and screenplays, who live and teach in New York City and a growing list of locales across the globe. NYWW is dedicated to offering professional guidance, resources and workshops that teach craft, foster creativity, and help writers achieve their goals.

此次活动将在 Google Meet 上举行。在下面注册并提供您的联系信息,以获取参与的链接。讨论之前大约一天,该链接将通过电子邮件发送给您。您需要一台具有音频和/或视频以及互联网连接的设备才能加入。

This program will take place over Google Meet. Register below and include your contact information to receive the link to participate. The link will be sent to you by email approximately one day before the discussion. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Creative Writing Classes - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Two new writing workshops starting this weekend! Register today and tell your friends!

Writing with Style starts Sat., May 1, 10-12 EDT (3 weeks)

Continuing Writer Workshop, Finding the Writer Within starts Sun., May 2, 12-2 EDT (5 weeks)

Creative Writing Classes - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Friday, April 23, 2021