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Join us for a Literary Arts & Publishing Open house at the Kaya Press offices (Kapriliean Hall 120 — 3620 S Vermont Ave [University of Southern California], Los Angeles, CA 90089) on Tuesday Sept. 2, from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Featuring food, drink and literary superstars like: Fractal Magazine, Les Figues Press, The Altar Collective, Umbrella Terms Magazine, and Gold Line Press / Ricochet Editions.
 

Join us for a Literary Arts & Publishing Open house at the Kaya Press offices (Kapriliean Hall 120 — 3620 S Vermont Ave [University of Southern California], Los Angeles, CA 90089) on Tuesday Sept. 2, from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Featuring food, drink and literary superstars like: Fractal Magazine, Les Figues Press, The Altar Collective, Umbrella Terms Magazine, and Gold Line Press / Ricochet Editions.

 

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Coming up this Friday — an exciting night of readings from incredible authors at GiantRobot! Join us and hear from Ed Lin, Traci Kato-kiriyama, Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut and MC-ed by our very own managing editor Neela!
Check out the event page here! https://www.facebook.com/events/308801822615028/?ref=22

Coming up this Friday — an exciting night of readings from incredible authors at GiantRobot! Join us and hear from Ed Lin, Traci Kato-kiriyama, Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut and MC-ed by our very own managing editor Neela!

Check out the event page here! https://www.facebook.com/events/308801822615028/?ref=22

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Look at the amazing calendar for Writ Large Press' DTLAB @ Traxx! They're putting on 90 consecutive days of events to experiment in the literary arts, the business of publishing and the process of building community. And all at the beautiful Traxx Bar at historic Union Station no less!  Half way there—click here to see the 45 events left!

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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?

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We had a great time at the DTLAB Indie Press Cartel Night featuring Kaya Press, where community members read from Kaya Books and we hung out. Check out more DTLAB events at http://writlargepress.com/.

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Lament in the Night: An Evening of LA Pulp Authors

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.

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Sneak Peak of Fox Drum Bebop in Asymptote Journal

imageCheck 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.”

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American Canyon Buzz Begins

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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.

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Poetry bears fruit at USC in the form of “Kazim Ali with fig tree.” Come watch the miracle of words brought to music Wednesday night at 7:30 pm. #MehfilMassive #KayaPress

Poetry bears fruit at USC in the form of “Kazim Ali with fig tree.” Come watch the miracle of words brought to music Wednesday night at 7:30 pm. #MehfilMassive #KayaPress

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Rob Eap gets turban tied in anticipation of #mehfilmassive! Thanks to Jas for his special skills!

Rob Eap gets turban tied in anticipation of #mehfilmassive! Thanks to Jas for his special skills!