Happy 2009! After a quarter-year blogging absence (thank you for your patience, 13 Google Reader subscribers), all manner of personal-life and work-life to-dos finally underway, I think I am ready to get those creative muscles toned up again! Who’s up for joining? We are going POSTAL BI-COASTAL beginning February with a left coast class HQ’d at KSW facilitated by me and a right coast class at AAWW with Bushra Rehman. Details on signing up for the San Francisco Monday-night series are below. Details on the NYC Tuesday-night series are here.
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 2 – Mar 23, 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.
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.
Bushra Rehman‘s mother says Bushra was born in an ambulance flying through the streets of Brooklyn. Her father is not so sure, but it would explain a few things. Bushra is a vagabond poet who traveled for years with nothing more than a greyhound ticket and a book bag full of poems. Now, she performs her work regularly around the country and was recently invited to represent NYC at the House of World Cultures Festival in Berlin. She’s co-editor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism, an anthology that is taught in women’s studies and ethnic studies classes around the country. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, and she’s been featured in The New York Times, India Currents, NY Newsday, on BBC Radio 4, KPFA, and the Brain Lehrer Show. She was recently a resident at the Headlands Center for the Arts where she finally finished the novel she’s been working on for the last seven years. Bushra will lead the class in New York.
Registration fee is $225. To register by check, please send check or money order to: Kearny Street Workshop, 180 Capp Street #5, San Francisco, CA 94110. Please include your full name and contact info. Or go to Kearny Street Workshop to register online.