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Kaya & Kundiman Present: A #LitinColor Reading

Friday, September 18, 2015 7:00 PM Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 Poets Yesenia Montilla and Angel Nafis join non­fiction writer Amarnath Ravva and fiction writer Gina Apostol to celebrate writers of color. The authors will read from New York­-based writers of color that have influenced them, and from their own work. This reading is […]


OPEN BOOK: USC Literary Open House

4–6 PM Kaprielian Hall 120 (Kaya Press office) Join Kaya Students for Independent Publishing (KSIP) and other literary organizations on the USC campus for an afternoon of literary creation! Get to know Kaya Press, The Healing Process, and Gold Line Press, and make your own book through workshops! You wouldn’t want to miss this opportunity for literature, crafts, awesome people, […]



This evening at LA MONOGATARI MATSURI, Gene Oishi will read from his debut novel Fox Drum Bebop, which focuses on how internment shaped one man’s entire life.  To get you excited for his Los Angeles appearance, we want to share two interviews  he did earlier in the year. The first is a must-hear interview with WYPR Radio and the second is […]



Wind down after a day at the Nisei Week Book Fair with a cocktail on the Plaza featuring a multigenerational celebration of Japanese American literary and storytelling culture with San Pedro native son Gene Oishi, reading from Fox Drum Bebop, his debut novel about how internment shaped one man’s entire life, translator Andrew Leong about his search for […]


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Amarnath Ravva
AMERICAN CANYON Review in the Kenyon Review Online

Sejal Shah of the Kenyon Review Online provides a personal look into Amarnath Ravva’s memoir. He discusses the prominence of rituals in the book as well as its illustration of the passage of time. If you haven’t gotten a chance yet to read AMERICAN CANYON (or if you have and would like to recall its profound […]

Sam Chanse
Sam Chanse’s Self-Interview with the Nervous Breakdown

The Nervous Breakdown featured a self-interview with Sam Chanse, author of LYDIA’S FUNERAL VIDEO, in which she explores her resistance to social media, differentiates solo play and one-woman show, talks anxiety, and more. If you haven’t read her book yet, get to it! You can get a head start by reading an excerpt on the Nervous Breakdown […]

Nicholas Wong
Nic & Crevasse on The Conversant

Nicholas Wong and his book Crevasse have been featured on The Conversant! Fellow poet Brandon Som and Nic had an insightful conversation about body politics, erasure, and the importance of writing in a “literary vacuum.” I cannot write about the black body or the trans body, as my body has only been informed and disturbed in certain ways. I am a […]


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- Junot Díaz