We’re very excited to announce that all three of our proposed panels were accepted for #AWP15! — “Split Selves: Performing Poetics, Politics, and Identity” & “Queer Poetics in a Transnational World: Craft, Politics, and Publishing” & “50 Shades of Chinese: Writing Into and Out of Stereotypes.” See you in Minneapolis?
For Day 28 of DTLAB’s 90 consecutive days of events, award-winning mystery writer Naomi Hirahara hosted reading by L.A.-based pulp/crime writers inspired by Kaya Press’s historical rediscovery Lament in the Night. The mysterious Friday evening featured Christa Faust and Wally Rudolph, and fittingly, readings from the book by Shoson Nagahara. The first-ever English publication of Lament in the Night, originally published in the 1920s in Japanese, was translated by Andrew Leong and released by Kaya in 2012, and collects stories of itinerant workers and hostesses trying to survive the hard streets of Los Angeles.
Check out this excerpted chapter from our forthcoming novel FOX DRUM BEBOP (Nov 2014) by Gene Oishi in the awesome Asymptote Journal:
“It should not have been a surprise that the FBI arrested her husband on the first night of the war. Seiji was the leader of the community, and he had a position to uphold. Kifu, it was always kifu—for the Japanese school, for the Buddhist church, for the annual community picnic, the kabuki association. “Kifu, kifu, kifu, it’s going to be my ruin,” he used to grumble. He might have been right. Not only was he the biggest contributor to the Japanese war relief fund, he was chairman of the drive. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Seiji said he was proud. He and his friends had gathered at the farmers’ association where they had drunk sake and shouted “Banzai!” to the Emperor. They had done so to show each other their spirit. That’s how men were. It was a foolish, reckless, heedless thing to do, but they couldn’t help themselves.”
Amarnath Ravva’s meditative memoir American Canyon will be officially launching in October, but it’s already starting to create buzz online.
Here’s a great interview with KCRW’s Lisa Napoli about Ravva’s inspiration for the book: “It had to do with my displacement, my fractured identity, having one foot in the past in India, and another in America, and never knowing who I was.”
American Canyon has also been showing up on various reading lists:
• Harriet, a poetry blog from the Poetry Foundation.
• HTML Giant, with Brent Armendinger.
• Entropy Magazine, an online website for literary and non-literary ideas.