Write what you know: This most common of writing advice can also be the most confining—but only when limited to your own personal experiences. Instead, this generative weekend workshop will invite you to take on other lives and voices in your poems, to write from perspectives, time periods, and even genders not your own.
Enjoy readings by poets Cedar Sigo, Juliana Spahr, and Tanya Sarmina in the Oakland section of the Gallery of California Natural Sciences. They will use poetry to explore the gallery as a site for creative expression, while inspiring and educating viewers about parts of the natural world we often take for granted.
Recipient of the National Book Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award, Maxine Hong Kingston reads from her work and discusses fact vs fiction, and how her writing travels beyond the boundaries of genre. (Full Audio: approx 1 hour 15 mins)
Poet, artist, and The Fugs co-founder Edward Sanders discusses his glyphic works and personal archive, dating from the 1960's, which includes hand-drawn glyphs, ephemera, magazine layouts, daybooks, and The Fugs album covers, on view as part of Seeking the Glyph: Edward Sanders.
Nguyen Phan Que Mai discusses the family-related source of the title poem of her latest collection The Secret of Hoa Sen. The collection's co-translator poet Bruce Weigl reads the poem in English, Que Mai in the original Vietnamese. Approx 3 mins.
Nguyen Phan Que Mai discusses Vietnam's history and her family's connection to the Great Hunger of 1945, background to her "The Poem I Can't Yet Name." Co-translator Bruce Weigl reads the poem in English, Que Mai in the original Vietnamese. Approx 5 mins.