P3: The Postcard Poetry Project with Debbie Yee and Bushra Rehman

A Literary and Visual Exchange between Kearny Street Workshop and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (NYC)

Mondays, Feb 9 – Mar 30, 7-9pm

One night in San Francisco, outside of Kearny Street Workshop, two artists mourned the loss of letter writing as an art form. The discussion moved to postcards, the most naked of epistles, on whose limited surface words are shared with the understanding that they will be read not only by the intended, but perhaps by every hand the postcard passes through. For this reason, the artwork is often coded, an image that only the intended can decipher.

Inspired by Kundiman*, these two artists decided to create P-Cubed, The Postcard Poetry Project: A Literary and Visual Exchange between Kearny Street Workshop and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, two of the oldest Asian American arts organizations in the country. In P-Cubed, writers and artists in San Francisco and New York City will have the chance to create original works of postcard art and poetry and then exchange them with pen pals on the opposite coast. Students will explore various literary, art and print techniques with the goal of producing eight or more postcard poems during the course. The workshop will culminate in a public reading on both coasts and a publication consisting of the poet-artists’ portfolio of work.

This program is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.

* Kundiman is an organization devoted to Asian American poetry. They had done a similar project among their poets.

Debbie Yee is a trusts and estates attorney, poet, avid supporter of the nonprofit literary and arts community, arts enthusiast and crafts explorer. In 2007 she was a selected Kundiman fellow and member of the 4th annual Intergenerational Writers Lab. Debbie’s poems appear or are forthcoming in anthologies and literary reviews, including Bateau, 32 Poems, MiPOesias, Barn Owl Review and Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women. She is working on a manuscript for a first book. She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall. A native of Sacramento, California, she now calls San Francisco home. Debbie will teach the class in San Francisco.