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Amarnath Ravva at Stories in Echo Park

Amarnath Ravva will be reading from his debut book American Canyon at Stories Books and Cafe on November 1st.  Come to this event to hear from Ravva’s experimental memoir, which employs a variety of multimedia and narrative techniques to convey his story. Ravva will be joined by poet Brandon Som, winner of the 2012 Nightboat Award for his […]


Amarnath Ravva at Green Apple in San Francisco

In celebration of his debut book, Amarnath Ravva will be reading from American Canyon at Green Apple Books on November 4th. Come to hear excerpts from his compelling memoir, which combines documentary footage with myths and first-person narrative for a magical reading experience. Tuesday November 4, 2014 7:00 PM Green Apple Books and Music 506 Clement St, […]


Koon Woon Reads at Under the Influence in San Francisco

Koon Woon will make a special visit to San Francisco on the occasion of his American Book Award win. The Emerald Tablet will be hosting him and other writers on October 24th at their Under the Influence event. Come to hear Woon channel the work of one of his major influences, the poet Donald Justice, […]


Look Who’s Morphing: An Afternoon w/ Tom Cho

Kaya Press is excited to co-sponsor this great afternoon of Asian diasporic literature: Hang out with Australian author Tom Cho, author of LOOK WHO’S MORPHING (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2014) at USC! An un-named protagonist undergoes a series of transformations, shape-shifting through figures drawn from film and television, music and books, porn flicks and comics. This […]


author news

Genpei Akasegawa

On Sunday, the 26th of October, 2014, renowned artist and writer Akasegawa Genpei (赤瀬川 原平) passed away in a hospital in Tokyo. Akasegawa was the author of Hyperart: Thomasson, which Matt Fargo translated and Kaya Press published in 2010. Best known for his avant-garde art and involvement with Neo-Dadaism, he co-founded the Hi Red Center in 1963 […]

Koon Woon
Congrats, Koon Woon! American Book Awards and KPFA Interview

We wish Koon Woon enormous congratulations on his American Book Award win for Water Chasing Water, which he accepted last night. Water Chasing Water is the second poetry collection we have published with Koon Woon, the first being The Truth in Rented Rooms. We could not be prouder of his accomplishments and recognition–of which he […]

Andrew Leong
Discussing Translation at the Japan/America Writers’ Dialogue

On Wednesday, October 15th at USC, Japanese authors and literature specialists came together to discuss the complexities of translation. The evening included two discussions. In “Baiting the Hook,” translators Michael Emmerich, Andrew Leong (translator of Lament in the Night), and Motoyuki Shibata discussed the tricky art of translating between Japanese and English. They explored the voices […]


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