Asian American Poetry Now
Berkeley Art Museum
2626 Bancroft Way
2621 Durant Avenue
Between College and Telegraph
October 21, 2007; 3:00 p.m.
How are young Asian American poets grappling with some of the issues that have engaged the artists featured in One Way or Another? Eight West Coast– and New York–based Asian American poets, from the same generation as the exhibition artists and with a comparable range of cultural backgrounds, will read from work that parallels the "post-identity" premise of One Way or Another. Their poetry displays a range of exciting experimental styles that depart from the focus on identity politics that has marked the work of many Asian American poets since the 1960s.
Poet and UC Berkeley Ph.D. candidate Chris Chen, whose dissertation explores experimental currents within contemporary Asian American and African American poetry, will introduce and moderate the program. Featured poets are Eileen Tabios, Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, Cathy Park Hong, Paolo Javier, David Lau, Barbara Jane Reyes, and Truong Tran.
Public programs for One Way or Another are supported by UC Berkeley's Consortium for the Arts, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, and Asian American Studies Program, and cosponsored by Asia Society Northern California.
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