Cheers to Muses: A Reading Sponsored by the Asian American Women Artists Association

In conjunction with the de Young’s Artist in Residence: A Place of Your Own, members of AAWAA ( will read poetry and prose, including work from the anthology, Cheers to Muses, Contemporary Works by Asian American Women. This diverse collection comprises a compelling part of today’s literary voices.

Sunday, January 25, 1 – 4 pm, including a book signing

Koret Auditorium, de Young, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive,
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Admission into the Koret Auditorium is free

Related Exhibitions: Asian/American/Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900–1970


Grace Ilagan Angel
Olivia Boler
Clara Hsu
Michelle Meeseon Koehn
Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen
Grace Tzeng
Maw Shein Win
Nellie Wong
Debbie Yee


Grace Ilagan Angel is a painter, poet, mother of two girls, successful event planner and a breast cancer survivor. She is currently working on her latest collection of poetry entitled,  “Dreams from the Orchard.”

Olivia Boler is the author of a novel, Year of the Smoke Girl. She has written for a variety of publications including the America 24/7 photojournalism book series, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Marin Magazine.

Clara Hsu’s ensemble Lunation combines poetry with musical instruments. She is the keeper of the Poetry Hotel and organizes free social activities for the San Francisco poet community.

Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College and her work has been published in journals and anthologies. She has performed at numerous venues in the Bay Area including Kearny Street
Workshop’s APAture 8 & 9, San Francisco’s Litcrawl and Writers with Drinks.

Grace Tzeng was previously a preschool teacher, but now is re-pursuing a writing career.  She has written for In the Classroom (educational topics) for AsianWeek and the former Millbrae/San Bruno Sun and San Mateo Weekly.

Maw Shein Win’s work has appeared in 2River, No Tell Motel, Big Bridge, Babel Fruit, Moria, and other journals. She was an Artist in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts and has an upcoming residency at Can Serrat.

Nellie Wong is the author of three books of poetry. She’s in the film, “Mitsuye & Nellie Asian American Poets,” and has poems engraved on public sites.

Debbie Yee is a trusts and estates attorney and poet.  A Kundiman fellow, Debbie’s poems have appeared in 32 Poems, Barn Owl Review and MiPOesias, among others.