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Self/Split: Performance & Poetry from Asian Diasporas

Join Kaya Press and four Asian diasporic artists for Self/Split next Wednesday! Sam Chanse, Nicholas Wong, and D’Lo are authors of three forthcoming Kaya books, and Chiwan Choi will also be reading his poetry. The event will be at USC’s Ground Zero Performance Café on Wednesday, April 1 at 7 PM. Below is the event description on USC’s website: “Self/Split” […]


AWP Offsite Reading: Sexy Motherf***er

Join Kaya Press for our AWP offsite reading, Sexy Motherf***er! As our promo images and the title suggest, this celebration of the creative spirit will be Prince-themed. The writers that our reading will feature include, but are not limited to, the following: Kazim Ali Chiwan Choi Quincy Scott Jones Van Khanna Lo Kwa Mei-en Rachel Mortiz Monica Ong Lilliam […]


#APA Real Talk & API Queer Stories present D’Lo

Join us on Wednesday, March 11 for a screening of Performing Girl, a documentary about Tamil Sri L.A.nkan-American performance artist D’Lo! The screening will be followed by a Q&A with D’Lo himself. Kaya Press will be publishing D’Lo’s D’FunQT in the near future. This event is brought to you by USC APASS, USC LGBT Resource Center, the DESI Project, and ourselves! […]


Lunar New Read: Dinner and Reading with Amarnath Ravva and Andrew Lam

Celebrate Lunar New Year with USC’s American Studies and Ethnicity Club and the APASS DESI Project. The groups will be featuring Amarnath Ravva, author of AMERICAN CANYON, and Andrew Lam for an evening of dinner and discussion. Join us for an exploration of Asian-American identity through literature, including a book signing at the event’s end. Free […]


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Genpei Akasegawa
A Photo Tribute to Akasegawa Genpei

On Sunday, the 26th October of 2014, renowned Japanese avant-garde artist and writer Akasegawa Genpei passed away in Tokyo, leaving behind an inspiring legacy. His literary works include Rōjin-ryoku and Hyperart: Thomasson, the latter of which we published in English in 2010. Read words from our publisher & our translator here. Here are some photos in memory of Akasegawa. […]

Amarnath Ravva
Amarnath Ravva and Andrew Lam Read and Discuss at USC

Last Wednesday, February 18th, Amarnath Ravva and Andrew Lam joined USC’S APASS DESI Project and the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity to read from their works and discuss Asian-American identity. Amar opened with a reading from AMERICAN CANYON and accompanying video clips which are featured as stills in his debut. Andrew Lam followed with […]

Shailja Patel
Shailja Patel Interview on Activism and the Power of Words

In an interview with Wasafiri, a British magazine for contemporary international writing, Shailja Patel explores social justice issues through her distinct perspective as an activist and poet. She traces her trajectory to activism from her first career in finance and contemplates the complexity of labels. “‘Activist’ as it’s used in Kenya is inadequate for me because […]


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