Saturday, February 4, 2023

Telling the Stories of your Life through Food at WCC

Register today for Upcoming writing classes at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) Winter 2023

Starting today

Telling the Stories of your Life through Food
3 Saturdays, Feb 4-18, 2023, 10am-12pm EST, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Starting soon

Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop
3 Saturdays, Mar 4-18, 2023, 10am-12pm EST, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

ABCs of Publishing
2 Saturdays, Apr 22-29, 2023, 10am-12pm EST, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Finding the Writer Within Continuing Writers Workshop starting at WCC

Register today for Upcoming courses at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) Winter 2023

Starting today
Finding the Writer Within Continuing Writers Workshop
10 Sundays, Jan 29-Apr 2, 2023, 12-2pm EST, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Starting soon

Telling the Stories of your Life through Food
3 Saturdays, Feb 4-18, 2023, 10am-12pm EST, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop
3 Saturdays, Mar 4-18, 2023, 10am-12pm EST, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

ABCs of Publishing
2 Saturdays, Apr 22-29, 2023, 10am-12pm EST, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Upcoming courses at Washtenaw Community College (WCC)

 Register today for Upcoming courses at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) 

Winter 2023

Finding the Writer Within Continuing Writers Workshop
10 Sundays, Jan 29-Apr 2, 2023, 12-2pm EST, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Telling the Stories of your Life through Food
3 Saturdays, Feb 4-18, 2023, 10am-12pm EST, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop
3 Saturdays, Mar 4-18, 2023, 10am-12pm EST, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Introduction to Publishing
2 Saturdays, Apr 22-29, 2023, 10am-12pm EST, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Spring 2023

Finding the Writer Within Continuing Writers Workshop
5 Sundays, May 7-Jun 11, 2023, 12-2pm EST, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Introduction to Magazine Writing
2 Saturdays, May 13-20, 2023, 10am-12pm EDT, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Writing to Save the World
2 Saturdays, June 3-10, 2023, 10am-12pm EDT, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Summer 2023

Finding the Writer Within Continuing Writers Workshop
5 Sundays, July 30-Aug 29, 2023, 12-2pm EDT, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom ?

Finding your Voice, University of Hawaii Hilo, July 2023?

Writing with Style, Finding your Voice
2 Saturdays, August 19, 26, 2023, 10am -12pm EDT, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Tomorrow! Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Kyunghee Kim, Carlina Duan, & Zilka Joseph | Literati Bookstore®

Reading with my friends at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor tomorrow!

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Kyunghee Kim, Carlina Duan, & Zilka Joseph
Monday, January 23, 2023 - 6:30pm EST, in person
Literati Books, 124 E. Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
We're pleased to welcome Frances Kai-Hwa Wang in support of You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair Is in Braids. She'll be joined by guest readers Kyunghee Kim, Carlina Duan, and Zilka Joseph. 

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Register today! Upcoming courses at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) Winter 2023

Register today for Upcoming courses at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) Winter 2023
Classes starting soon! Emeritus scholarships available.

Finding the Writer Within Continuing Writers Workshop
10 Sundays, Jan 29-Apr 2, 2023, 12-2pm EST, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Telling the Stories of your Life through Food
3 Saturdays, Feb 4-18, 2023, 10am-12pm EST, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop
3 Saturdays, Mar 4-18, 2023, 10am-12pm EST, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Introduction to Publishing
2 Saturdays, Apr 22-29, 2023, 10am-12pm EST, Washtenaw Community College, Zoom

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Kyunghee Kim, Carlina Duan, & Zilka Joseph | Literati Bookstore®

Happy new year! First reading of the year, both solar and lunar years.

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Kyunghee Kim, Carlina Duan, & Zilka Joseph
Monday, January 23, 2023 - 6:30pm EST, in person
Literati Books, 124 E. Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
We're pleased to welcome Frances Kai-Hwa Wang in support of You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair Is in Braids. She'll be joined by guest readers Kyunghee Kim, Carlina Duan, and Zilka Joseph. 

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Kyunghee Kim, Carlina Duan, & Zilka Joseph | Literati Bookstore®

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Kyunghee Kim, Carlina Duan, & Zilka Joseph

Monday, January 23, 2023 - 6:30pm

We're pleased to welcome Frances Kai-Hwa Wang in support of You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair Is in Braids. She'll be joined by guest readers Kyunghee Kim, Carlina Duan, and Zilka Joseph. 

Please note: masks are required at Literati Bookstore events.

About the book: In the aftermath of a messy divorce, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang writes in the hope of beginning to build a new life with four children, bossy aunties, unreliable suitors, and an uncertain political landscape. The lyric essays in You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair Is in Braids deftly navigate the space between cultures and reflect on lessons learned from both Asian American elders and young multiracial children, punctuated by moments rich with cultural and linguistic nuance. In her prologue, Wang explains, "Buddhists say that suffering comes from unsatisfied desire, so for years I tried to close the door to desire. I was so successful, I not only closed the door, I locked it, barred it, nailed it shut, then stacked a bunch of furniture in front of it. And now that door is open, wide open, and all my insides are spilling out."

Full of current events of the day and #HashtagsOfTheMoment, the topics in the collection are wide ranging, including cooking food to show love, surviving Chinese School, being an underpaid lecturer, defending against yellow dildos, navigating immigration issues, finding love in a time of elections, crying with children separated from their parents at the border, charting the landscape of frugal/hoarder elders during the pandemic, witnessing COVID-inspired anti-Asian American violence while reflecting on the death of Vincent Chin, teaching her sixteen-year-old son to drive after the deaths of Trayvon Martin and George Floyd, and trusting the power of writing herself into existence. Within these lyric essays, some of which are accompanied by artwork and art installations, Wang finds the courage and hope to speak out for herself and for an entire generation of Asian American women.
A notable work in the landscape of Asian American literature as well as Midwest and Michigan-based literature, You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair Is in Braids features a clear and powerful voice that brings all people together in these political and pandemic times.

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is an award-winning poet, essayist, journalist, activist, scholar focused on issues of Asian America, race, justice, and the arts. Her writing has appeared in online publications at PBS NewsHour, NBCAsianAmerica, PRIGlobalNation, Center for Asian American Media, and Detroit Journalism Cooperative and in Cha: An Asian Literary JournalKartika ReviewDrunken BoatJoao Roque Literary Journal. She co-created a multimedia artwork for Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and she is a Knight Arts Challenge Detroit artist.

Zilka Joseph’s work is influenced by Indian and Western cultures, and her Bene Israel roots. She has authored five collections, and her work has appeared in several prominent US and international journals and anthologies. Her books have been nominated for awards such as PEN, ABA, and Pushcart prizes, and her recent chapbook Sparrows and Dust won a Notable Best Indie Book award. She was awarded a Zell Fellowship, the Michael R. Gutterman prize, and the Elsie Choy Lee Scholarship from the University of Michigan.Her new book In Our Beautiful Bones is a Foreword INDIES award finalist. She teaches creative writing workshops, is a manuscript advisor, and a mentor to writers in her community.

Kyunghee Kim is a Korean American poet, writer, public school educator, and a life coach residing in the Ypsilanti area. As a proud immigrant, Kyunghee explores topics of identity in her writing as well as topics of love, grief, hope, and belonging. She believes in the power of stories to bring connection, compassion, and change. Her work has been featured in Shondaland, INSIDER, KoreanAmericanStory.org, and others. Her debut children's poetry book, See Us Bloom, is out in April 2023 with Modern Marigold Books, available for preorder now. Kyunghee writes for both kids and adults. Visit kimkyunghee.com to learn more.

Carlina Duan is a writer-educator from Michigan, and the author of the poetry collections I Wore My Blackest Hair (Little A, 2017) and Alien Miss (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2021). Among many things, she loves river walks, snail mail, and being a sister. Carlina’s poems have appeared in POETRY Magazine, Narrative Magazine, Poets.org, The Rumpus, and other publications. Carlina received her M.F.A. in Poetry from Vanderbilt University. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the University of Michigan’s Joint Program in English and Education, and works as the Poetry Editor at Michigan Quarterly Review.

Event address: 
124 E. Washington
Ann ArborMI 48104

Friday, January 6, 2023

U.S. Marine Corps compelled to allow Sikh Americans to begin basic training with turbans, beards | PBS NewsHour

My article for PBS NewsHour
In a milestone for religious freedom and against employment discrimination, a federal court of appeals granted a preliminary injunction last month that requires the Marine Corps to immediately allow two Sikh Americans to enlist and begin basic training without shaving their heads and beards, while also allowing them to wear turbans, patkas, and other religious articles that their faith requires.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Guest Lecture APIA History and Heroes

First day of classes at University of Michigan! Guest Lecture on APIA History and Heroes today for Asian/Pacific Islander American Civil Rights, University of Michigan Dept of American Culture
Wed., Jan. 4, 2023 10-11:20am EST