Philly Loves Poetry - Asian American Poetry

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Philly Loves Poetry Interview and Readings Series 

Broadcast Live on Comcast 66/966HD and Verizon 29/30

or Watch Live Online 

Moonstone Arts Center continues its tradition of new and innovative poetry programming with its new series Philly Loves Poetry. Each episode will include a discussion on the variety and uniqueness of the Philadelphia Poetry scene and look at one of the many poetry groups that exist in city. The group's director will be interviewed by Charles S. Carr followed by readings by some of the group's members.

This week the focus is Asian American poetry (more specifically Philadelphia) We want to give our viewers a better understanding of Asian American poetry and poets in Philadelphia and where and when lovers of all things poetry can see and listen to poetry. The second part of the show is for the panelist to discuss and read some poems.

Kao Kue is a Hmong American storyteller and poet who credits her strength and passion for words and community building to her ancestors and foremothers. She is honored to carry their legacy of love-- their sweat, their tears, and their poetry. She has witnessed her community struggle with racism, sexism, domestic violence, and alcohol and drug abuse. What has saved her and many of her community members from the destruction around them was the ability to share and create stories. As she continues to practice the art of storytelling, she hopes to provide a space for immigrant communities, especially women, to tell their stories. She believes our words will not
only bring healing to our families, but it will strengthen our communities.

Michelle Myers is a spoken word poet, community activist, and educator. She is a founding member of the spoken word poetry group Yellow Rage, a dynamic duo of Philly-based Asian American female spoken word poets. As a solo artist, Michelle is dedicated to raising awareness about social injustices and building positive relationships across communities. Michelle received a Leeway Foundation Grant in 2011 & 2014. All proceeds from her book, The SHE Book, support Odanadi, an anti-trafficking organization that rescues and rehabilitates women and children in India. She currently is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Community College of Philadelphia and an Adjunct Professor in the Asian Studies Department at Temple University.

Cynthia Dewi Oka is a poet, immigrant, and author of Nomad of Salt and Hard Water (Thread Makes Blanket, 2016). A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her poetry has appeared in publications such as Guernica, Dusie, Black Renaissance Noire, The Blueshift Journal, Kweli, Apogee, As Us  Painted Bride Quarterly, and others. She has received the Fifth Wednesday Journal Editor's Prize in Poetry, scholarships from the Vermont Studio Center and Voices of Our Nations (VONA), and the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant. Her next book of poems, Salvage, is forthcoming in 2017 from Northwestern University Press.

Host: Charles S. Carr - The Mad Poets Review First Prize Winner for his poem "Waiting To Come North". He is author of paradise, Pennsylvania and Haitian Mud Pies And Other Poems and his work has been published the Painted Bride Review, Apiary, Fox Chase Review, The Schuylkill Valley Journal, Mad Poets, Philadelphia Stories, Moonstone Poetry Anthology, The Blue Collar Review and Generations of Poetry. Charles is former host of the Moonstone Poetry series at Fergie's Pub.

Admission: Free. Doors open at 5:30pm
When:Tuesday, March 7, 6:30pm
Where: PhillyCAM, 699 Ranstead St. (7th St bet. Market and Chestnut Sts.), Philadelphia, PA 19106

Philly Loves Poetry will broadcast live from PhillyCAM Studio.

 

This series is a co-production of Moonstone Poetry Center and PhillyCAM

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