Literary Arts Showcase | Thursday, October 5 7pm-10pm | Arc Gallery & Studios 1246 Folsom St. San Francisco, CA
Kearny Street Workshop, the Bay Area’s hub for Asian Pacific American arts, proudly presents APAture, a multi-day, multidisciplinary arts festival featuring a lineup of some of today's most exciting emerging artists from the San Francisco Bay Area.
ADMISSION: $10 (pre-sale), $12 (door), $20 (supporter), $35 (festival pass)
CURATORS: Michelle Lin, Kazumi Chin, Ploi Pirapokin
Featured Artist: Vanessa Hua
Vanessa is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of DECEIT AND OTHER POSSIBILITIES, which received the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award, a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, and honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Asian American Journalists' Association, and Best of the West. Her novel, A RIVER OF STARS, is forthcoming (Ballantine, 2018).
Preeti Vangani is a spoken word poet from India and her work has been published/ forthcoming in Juked, The Knickknackery, Public Pool, The Bombay Review among others. She has been a featured performer at several poetry mics in India, New York, Chicago and more recently in San Francisco at Voz Sin Tinta, Get Lit, Quiet Lightning and The Future is Female. She is currently an MFA (Writing) candidate at University of San Francisco.
Celeste Chan is an an artist, organizer, writer, and facilitator from Seattle WA. A Hedgebrook, Lambda, and VONA fellow, she co-founded Queer Rebels, a QTPOC performance project. She's thrilled to teach Queer Ancestors Project Writes this fall. (Full bio at CelesteChan.com)
Alyssa Manansala is a writer and editor from the Bay Area, currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from the School of Critical Studies at CalArts. She is the founder of inter/subject, a collective of writers, artists, and activists exploring intersectional feminist tactics in Los Angeles.
Christine No is a poet and filmmaker from Los Angeles. She is a Sundance veteran, VONA alum, Pushcart Prize Nominee and the First Place Poetry Winner the 2016 Litquake Writing Contest. She is also a current cohort of the KSW/Interdisciplinary Writers Lab. She is a proponent of ridding the stigma surrounding mental health, acknowledging radical vulnerability as strength, fostering community as family and believes that "the only way out is through"
Janice Lobo Sapigao is the author of two books and two chapbooks of documentary poetry. Her second book, like a solid to a shadow, is forthcoming in September 2017 from Timeless, Infinite Light. She is from San Jose, CA.
Keven Quach (he/they) is a spoken word artist from Rowland Heights, California. Keven has performed at several open mics across the Bay Area and has competed at CUPSI, a national poetry slam invitational for college students. Currently, they are pursuing majors in Dance & Performance Studies and Media Studies at UC Berkeley.
yujane chen (she/they) is a queer, 1.5 generation Taiwanese-American child of diaspora. she was a finalist at the Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam and is a member of the Bay Area 2017 Brave New Voices Team. she writes to document her own narratives as well as those of her family & communities. she currently studies environmental sciences, ethnic studies, & creative writing at UC Berkeley.
Emily Yamauchi is a writer and comics artist in Oakland, CA. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary's College of California, has received residencies at Hedgebrook and ELEVATE with Small Press Traffic, and is a Kundiman fellow and VONA alum. She teaches writing to high school students in the Bay Area and works in immigration law.