If you aren’t spending Sunday lost amidst Bay to Breakers or celebrating the life and times of Al Robles at his memorial, come check out “Voices Old and New at the Wooden House“, at the historic U.S. Immigration Station, Angel Island on Sunday, May 17 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The program is free. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets for festival seating at the Immigration Station. Refreshments are available at the Angel Island Café.  More details and ferry service to and from Angel Island is here.

I’ll be reading, as well as Genny Lim and (YEAH!) poets from Kearny Street Workshop’s P-Cubed, The Postcard Poetry Project: A Literary and Visual Exchange between Kearny Street Workshop and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop will also read original works.

The KSW poets include Thy Tran, who writes literary nonfiction about food, the rituals of the kitchen, and how eating and cooking both connect and separate communities around the world; Cathlin Goulding, a fourth generation Japanese American, whose essays and short stories recently appeared in I Saw My Ex at a Party (Kearny Street Press); Lisa Leong, a graduate of UCLA in art history and Asian American studies and writer for Asia Pacific Arts; Khoi Nguyen, the editor and founder of Gender on Our Minds; and Truc Nguyen, a 1.5 generation Vietnamese American queer activist and social justice organizer.

Several Bay Area leaders and scholars will read Angel Island poems, including Assemblymember Paul Fong (D- Cupertino), Supervisor David Chiu, Supervisor Carmen Chu, Supervisor Eric Mar, Marin Community Foundation President Dr. Tom Peters, California State Parks Marin District Superintendent Danita Rodriguez, scholar Maria Sakovich and others.