January 2021 Newsletter
Poet Brian Dempster has three event this month -
A Literary Arts interview conducted by Jennifer Perrine 1/14/21
Literary Arts writing workshop taught by Brian Dempster 1/16/21
Reading with Barbara Jane Reyes and Bruce Snider hosted by the University of San Francisco MFA program on 1/25/21
California Council for the Social Studies Conference - author Frank Abe will be doing a session for his new book "We Hereby Refuse"
If you have an event that you would like us to mention and or to participate in, please feel free to let us know.
Why We Write
By Frances Kakugawa
Sometimes, out of nowhere, someone will send a simple email or a handwritten letter or will follow you out after a lecture to remind you why we write poetry.
Ninety eight year old Etsuko attended one of my lectures in Hawaii two years ago and during our writing workshop, she wrote a poem that I later published in my Hawaii Herald: Dear Frances column for caregivers.
Last week she wrote: You are keeping me alive and giving me joy every day. I read your poems in Dangerous Woman every night and sleep with it under my pillow. I have made notes in the book and marked my favorites. These are two of my favorites: ...
Introduction by Leonard Chan
Back in 2004 we started featuring poetry in our January newsletters and continued till our hiatus in 2011 (January newsletters 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011). When we restarted the newsletter last May we featured a poetry article as our way of start the year with poetry again. So if you count last year, this is our 10th year of the special AACP poetry featured newsletter.
This year, we’re featuring poems by poets Genny Lim and Frances Kakugawa (writer of the other article to this newsletter and frequent contributor to the newsletter).
Genny has a new anthology Window: Glimpses of Our Storied Past written by participants in the writing workshop she conducted during 2020. It is a collection of memoir and poetry pieces written by Chinese and Japanese American Seniors, about family life before and after the Japanese Relocation Camps, immigrant stories, coming of age in Chinatown, and more.
Frances’ book Echoes of Kapoho just won the 2020 Northern California Publishers and Authors Book Award for non-fiction: memoir and will soon have her 5th book in the Wordsworth the Poet children’s book series published.
Please click on the following button to see this year's poetry selection.
View full descriptions of all these featured books at Bookshop.org where you'll also have the opportunity to purchase them.
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