Intersecting Lineages: a Solidarity Showcase of African American and Asian American Poets
Featuring: Kazim Ali, Ching-In Chen, Rio Cortez, Rachelle Cruz, Monica A. Hand, Alan King, Natasha Marin, Soham Patel, Kevin Simmonds
Saturday, March 24th
9:30 - 11 am
True Reformer Building, Auditorium
1200 U Street NW, Washington, DC
Inspired by the collaboration and mentorship between Cave Canem (an organization which promotes African American poetry) and Kundiman (an organization which promotes Asian American poetry), this reading features poets hailing from these communities which will showcase the history of solidarity amongst diverse communities. Kazim Ali, Ching-In Chen, Rio Cortez, Rachelle Cruz, Monica A. Hand, Alan King, Natasha Marin, Soham Patel, and Kevin Simmonds will begin by reading work by ancestor poets who are considered outside of their self-identified community/-ities. Following this, they will share their own work which highlights this kind of productive hybrid fertilization, including inspiration taken from various literary and other creative arts forms such as the zuihitsu, neo-benshi and the theatrical jazz aesthetic. This reading highlights the cultivation and growth which arises from the exchange between African American and Asian American poets.
This is a Split This Rock Poetry Festival event. You must be registered to attend.
For more information, please check out the Split This Rock website here: http://www.splitthisrock.org/festival2012/festival2012.html