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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

AWP is an annual literary conference that brings together over 12,000 writers and publishers from all over the country.

Come visit us at Booth 1310! Kaya Press and Tia Chucha Press are sharing a space (which will also feature work by Tiny Splendor, and Dum Dum Zine). And here is a roundup of Kaya’s smoking hot literary events.

Celebrating #LitinColor at the Japanese American National Museum

Japanese National Museum, 100 N Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

#LITinCOLOR will celebrate the invention and imagination of writers of color who seek to represent realities that lie outside of the mainstream imagination, be it the lasting impact of American concentration camps or the navigation of racially profiled notions of sexuality. April Naoko Heck, Naomi Hirahara, Traci Kato-Kiriyama, Leza Lowitz, Kat McDowell, and David Mura will join in.

#LitInColor Write-A-Thon

Ronald Tutor Campus Center, 3607 Trousdale Pky, University of Southern California
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Decolonize your writing! Kaya Press and The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective invite you to drop in—or spend the whole day—with amazing Writers of Color who will be leading generative mini-writing workshops every half hour. Just 2 miles from the convention center, easy access by transit. Workshops by: Samiya Bashir, Tananarive Due, Paul Hlava, Douglas Manuel, Erika Wurth & more.

Intersectionality Squared: Queer POC Theater Artists on Writing, Performing, and Publishing
w/ Prince Gomolvilas, R. Zamora Linmark, Luis Alfaro, D’Lo, and Alison De La Cruz

Room 409 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Just like queer people of color constantly negotiate multiple identities, theater offers an equally complex arena for writers to move fluidly between the worlds of prose, poetry, performance, and publishing. On this panel, four renowned queer theater artists from diverse backgrounds give exciting mini-performances, and discuss their explorations of race, class, sexuality, and practices of witness, along with how they traverse the continuum from writing to embodied performance to publication.


Asian American Caucus

Room 501, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
6:00 pm to 7:15 pm

What literary resources are available for Asian American writers? What does it mean to be an Asian writer in the 21st century? This first Asian American caucus is not a panel or a reading, but an open town-hall-style hang out and community space. If you’re an Asian American writer, come meet other Asian American writers and discuss fellowships, publication opportunities, and resources available for Asian American writers. Organized by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Kaya, and Kundiman.

Necessary Hybridity: The Politics & Performance of Making Multigenre, Multimedia, Multiethnic Literature Visible

w/ Kazim Ali, Amarnath Ravva, Dr. micha cárdenas, and Sesshu Foster

Room 502 A, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
9:00 am to 10:15 am

Hybridity in literature is often thought of as a kind of cross-pollination that leads to “vigor.” But what happens when hybridity is considered through the lens of political and aesthetic necessity? From queer politics to POC feminism to postcoloniality, hybrid forms have been a critical part of making visible otherwise illegible experiences. Join five writers as they explore the significance of hybridity to queerness, trans culture, black bodies, mixed-race narratives, and erased histories.


Kundiman & Kaya Present Literaoke

NEW LOCATION:
Kapistahan Grill in Historic Filipinotown
1925 W Temple Street Suite 103
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Friday, April 1, 2016
8:30 pm to 11 pm
Come out and get down with Kaya Press & Kundiman as we combine readings and Karaoke into a never-before-attempted experiment of entertainment and enlightenment! The event will feature the literary (& musical) stylings of Vidhu Aggarwal, Sam Chanse, Leticia Hernandez, Ashaki M. Jackson, Janine Joseph, Teka Lark, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Ed Lin, R. Zamora Linmark, & more!

Crossing Genres, Crossing Seas: Writing the South Asian Diaspora

with Rajiv Mohabir, Amarnath Ravva, Faizel Deen, Neelanjana Banerjee, Anjoli Roy
Saturday, 4/2/2016
9:00am – 10:15am
Room 406 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

Emerging writers who work in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and hybrid text read and discuss how they map the imaginary of South Asia in diaspora. They explore the complexities of South Asian diasporic identities as a series of cultural, poetic, and ethnic negotiations. They consider also how literature allows us to grapple with identity through strained, distant, and intimate relationships with the subcontinent from Honolulu to LA to New York.

Slouching Tiger, Unsung Dragon: The Next Chapter of Asian-American Writing

with Ed Lin, Anna Ling Kaye, Doretta Lau, Chiwan Choi, and Paolo Javier
Saturday, 4/2/2016
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Room 406 AB, L.A. Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

What does it mean to be a writer of Asian descent publishing in North America? These five writers are exploring territory beyond tiger moms and immigrant hardship, venturing into updated expressions of Asian masculinity, Confucianism, and contemporary Asian culture. The panelists will discuss traditional and experimental approaches to Asian American fiction and poetry, and explore how artistic and professional choices impact perceptions of their work and their identities.

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