2:00 PM14:00

APAture 2018 Film Showcase

Z Space 450 Florida St, San Francisco, California 94110

Come join us at Z Space for a tantilizing afternoon of film!  Featuring Jody Stillwater. Showcase artists: Amanda Lee, Grace Villaroman, Evelyn Obamos and Ruby Ibarra, Jalena Keane-Lee, Daria Garina, Angela Alberto, Hieu Gray, Neal Mirchandani, Sal Tran, Gretchen Carvajal, and Matt Shimura.

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7:00 PM19:00

APAture 2018 Literary Arts Showcase

Kearny Street Workshop ARC Studios & Gallery, 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco, California 94103

What better way to spend your Saturday night none other than at our Literary Arts Showcase for APAture 2018! Come through to Arc Gallery & Studios. Featuring Janice Lobo Sapigao. Showcase artists: Sara Fan, Irman Arcibal, Juliana Chang, Shirley Huey, Kirin Khan. Michelle Ting Amy Huang

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1:00 PM13:00

APAture 2018 Book Arts

San Francisco Public Library Main Library - 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, California 94102

Co-presented by Kularts, San Francisco Public Library, and SF ZIne Fest

Enjoy your Sunday afternoon with us at our Book Arts Showcase for APAture 2018 at SFPL! Featuring Jess Wu-O. Showcase artists: Lindsey Adams, Don Aguillo and Raf Salazar, Lani CA, Dana Chan, Gerry Chow, In-betweeners, Deni Kwan, R.L. Muas, Brenda Nguyen, Lining Wang, Anand Vedawala, and Eishin Yoshida.
For artist bios: www.kearnystreet.org/apature-2018-artists

AND One City One Book will be hosting a reading and discussion with APAture 2015 Featured Artist and American Book Award winner, Thi Bui! 

*This is a family friendly event and we got plenty of fun activities for the kids!

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6:00 PM18:00

APAture 2018 Visual Arts Opening Reception

Arc Studios & Gallery 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco, California 94103

Co-presented by Arc Gallery & Studios, Chinese Culture Center, and SoMa Pilipinas 

Join us at Arc Gallery & Studios for APAture 2018's Opening Reception and Visual Arts Showcase! Featuring Malaya Tuyay. Showcase artists: Kristiana Chan, Houyee Chow, Manar Harb, Ariel Huang, J-Monk, Michael Kang, Anoushka Mirchandani, Vasudhaa Narayanan, Aidan Lue Noda, Mariel Paat, Jason Ting, Veronica Wang, O.M. France Viana, and Jess Young. 
For artist bios: www.kearnystreet.org/apature-2018-artists

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1:00 PM13:00

APAture 2018 Kick-Off (Performing Arts Showcase)

Asian Art Museum 200 Larkin St, San Francisco, California 94102

Co-presented by Asian Art Museum
Part of Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area

APAture 2018 kicks-off at the Asian Art Museum with the Performing Arts Showcase! Featuring Jyun Jyun and missTANGQ. Showcase artists: Cesar Cadabes, Eileen Li and Livien Yin, Vilaska Nguyen, Nadhi Thekkek and Nava Dance Theatre, Miche Wong, and Cindy Zhang. 
For artist bios: https://www.kearnystreet.org/apature-2018-artists

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7:00 PM19:00

KSW Presents (September)

On September 28th, KSW Presents “All This Wreckage, In Your Own Language,” a reading featuring two debut novelists—Elaine Castillo, author of America Is Not the Heart, and Ingrid Rojas Contreras, author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree. The reading will be followed by a Q&A with Tayo Literary Magazine co-founder, Melissa Sipin.

The title of this event brings together quotes from both books as their stories begin—when a letter arrives in Fruit of the Drunken Tree, “bringing with it all this wreckage to our doorstep,” and in America Is Not the Heart, when “you can’t remember the last time someone told you to take care of yourself in your own language.”

This is a reading that gives language to the stories and wreckages of war and violence, colonialism and dictatorship, immigration and refuge, family, desperation, and the decisions one makes towards a kind of survival.

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7:00 PM19:00

Interdisciplinary Writers Lab Final Reading

Part of PAL / The Pilipinx American Library + Thursday Nights at the Asian Art Museum

Celebrate the Interdisciplinary Writers Lab (IWL) with a reading by participants and instructors at the conclusion of the three-month workshop that encourages the development of new literary forms and voices. Interdisciplinary Writers Lab (IWL) is a multigenre master class for emerging local writers of color presented by Kearny Street Workshop in collaboration with the Asian Art Museum.

2018 Instructors: Aimee Suzara, Dickson Lam, Javier Zamora
2018 Fellows: Nyam Adodoadji, Claire Calderón, Erika Céspedes, Stephanie Chan, Lia Dun, Mark Flores, Shirley Huey, michal mj jones, Kirin Khan, Mihee Kim, Alyssa Manansala, Endria Richardson, Troy Rockett, Marian Urquilla, ari

Free with museum admission.

About The Pilipinx American Library:

PAL / The Pilipinx American Library transforms the museum’s Resource Room into a reading room and gathering space to highlight the writings of poet, activist and oral historian Al Robles (1930–2009); feminist experimental poet Barbara Jane Reyes, author of “Invocation to Daughters” (City Lights, 2017); and the Kearny Street Workshop poets. Their work embodies the struggle, resistance, joy and promise of Filipino American life in the Bay Area.

Dedicated to publications exclusively by Filipino voices, PAL / The Pilipinx American Library is a mobile, non-circulating library that collects print histories and celebrates narratives by writers, poets, artists and scholars across the diaspora.

PAL / Pilipinx American Library is supported in part by AARP. Thursday Nights are supported by Nordstrom and Wells Fargo.

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7:00 PM19:00

KSW Presents Mourn You Better

KSW Presents “Mourn You Better: Feelings from the Queer Taiwanese & Chinese Diaspora”, a reading featuring Kristin Chang, Chen Chen, yujane Chen, and Muriel Leung as they share poetry tracing queer immigrant landscapes of longing, loss, histories, futures, and desire. The title of this event comes Muriel Leung’s collection Bone Confetti.


Kristin Chang lives in NY and reads for Winter Tangerine. Her work has been anthologized in Bettering American Poetry Vol. 3 and Ink Knows No Borders. She is the recipient of a 2019 Pushcart Prize and Resist/Recycle/Regenerate fellowship with the Wing On Wo Project in Manhattan Chinatown, where she helps teach paper-making workshops. Her debut chapbook “Past Lives, Future Bodies” is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press (October 2018). 

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award, and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. Starting this fall, he will be the Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University. He lives with his partner and their pug dog, Mr. Rupert Giles. 

yujane chen is a queer migrant alien from Taiwan. they are a Winter Tangerine Fellow, Pink Door Fellow, 2018 BNV Future Corps member, and 2018 CalSLAM CUPSI team member. their poems can be found or forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, the Shade Journal, Bettering American Poetry, and elsewhere. they are currently an undergraduate in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, where they serve as an intern with the Multicultural Community Center on campus. their debut chapbook is forthcoming from Honeysuckle Press in 2019. 

Muriel Leung is the author of Bone Confetti, winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Book Award. A Pushcart Prize nominated writer, her writing can be found or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Drunken Boat, The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, and others. She is a recipient of fellowships to Kundiman, and VONA/Voices Workshop. She is a contributing editor to the Bettering American Poetry anthology and is also Poetry Co-Editor of Apogee Journal. Currently, she is Dornsife Fellow in Creative Writing and Literature at University of Southern California. She is from Queens, NY. 

*there is limited seating at the venue, you may purchase supporter level tickets to reserve seats. If you have a disability and/or need to be seated during the event, please contact us at info@kearnystreet.org and we'll work to accomodate you.

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KSW Presents "I'm Here to Do Everything but Fall in Love"

Friday May 18, 2018 7-9:30pm  Arc Gallery and Studios 1246 Folsom St. SF, CA      

Pre-sale $8 | Door $12 | Supporter $20 (comes with reserved seating) kswpresents07.eventbrite.com

Curated by Michelle Lin and Kazumi Chin

This May, KSW Presents “I’m Here To Do Everything But Fall In Love” in partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission, a reading featuring Lisa D. Gray, Kirin Khan, Ploi Pirapokin, and Jasmine H. Wade as they share works exploring love—love for their partners, lovers, communities, and themselves—in relationship to racism, intra-racism, colorism, and alienation. The title of this event comes from a line in Ploi Pirapokin's manuscript in progress, Extraordinary Alien.

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6:00 PM18:00


A new exhibition presented by API Cultural Center SF and co-presented by Kearny Street Workshop

Curated by Kathy Zarur and Roula Seikaly

SOMArts SOMArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan St. San Francisco, CA 94103
Opening Reception: May 3 (6-9pm), Closing Reception: May 24 (6-9pm)

What lies in the space between colonial power and indigenous resistance, diaspora and homeland, us and them, here and there? Betweenscapes presents the work of 12 artists that visualizes the in-between as a site of criticality, addressing unresolved histories and posing questions about colonialism, migration, and transnational solidarity.


Michael Arcega
Rea Lynn de Guzman
Sarah Farahat
Henry Francisco
Anahita Hekmat
Robin Lasser + Adrienne Pao
Means of Exchange
Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here
Bonny Nahmias
Eric Nodora
Susana Eslava Saenz
Azin Seraj


The event on May 3 is the official reception for the 2018 United States of Asian America Festival (USAAF): Regenerative Community. Betweenscapes kicks off a series of arts events featuring the creative works of API artists in the SF Bay Area. 


noon–7:00 p.m.

noon–5:00 p.m.

*Artwork by Rea Lynn de Guzman

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6:00 PM18:00

#KSW45 Building Legacies: 45 Years of Art and Resistance

Thursday, April 19, 2018
6:00 PM-10:00 PM

Hilton Hotel, hosted by the Chinese Culture Center (CCC)
750 Kearny Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

Parking information

VIP Dinner and Dessert Program $50 | $40 (early bird): 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Meet the artists, dinner prepared by Sita Bhaumik of People's Kitchen Collective, KSW award presentation. Reception included.

Dessert Program $30 | $25 (early bird): 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Jessica Hagedorn in discussion with Bernice Yeung, special performance by Ruby Ibarra

A limited number of early bird tickets are available until February 28, 2018.



Come celebrate 45 years of radical history with the Kearny Street Workshop (KSW), the oldest Asian Pacific American (APA) multidisciplinary arts organization in the country.

Building Legacies: 45 Years of Art and Resistance will include a VIP dinner, a reception where all attendees can enjoy dessert and a conversation between renowned novelist and playwright Jessica Hagedorn and award-winning journalist Bernice Yeung, plus a special performance by Bay Area rising star, rapper and poet, Ruby Ibarra. During the evening, we will also be honoring a contemporary APA artist who has contributed to KSW and exemplifies our core values rooted in social justice and cultural activism. This unique evening event is hosted by the Chinese Culture Foundation 750 Kearny Street, just a block away from the International Hotel, where KSW started.

During these politically charged times, KSW’s work remains more critical than ever. We continue to support a diverse range of powerful voices within the APA community. Over the years, we have supported emerging and established artists, including MacArthur-award-winning musician Vijay Iyer, San Francisco Poet Laureate Janice Mirikitani, and celebrated comedian Ali Wong. KSW’s history is rooted in the post-civil rights, women’s, counter-culture, and Third World liberation movements of the 1960s and ‘70s. Come support and just us for this special evening, and help us shape what the next 45 years will look like for KSW.

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1:30 PM13:30

APAture GPC Kick-Off Meeting

APAture 2018 GPC Kick-off Meeting
March 25, 12-3pm
(optional) Info Session March 11, 12-1pm
Arc Gallery & Studios
1246 Folsom St. (btw 8th and 9th) SF (Near Civic Center BART)

APAture returns on October 19, 2018 and YOU can help put together Kearny Street Workshop's annual multi-disciplinary festival for emerging Asian Pacific American artists. This is a unique opportunity for developing organizers, curators, and arts appreciators to shine a light on the multitude of talent that is coming out of our various communities.

You'll be in on every step of the process from inception to jurying to curation to the final presentation. You'll get to meet some amazing people, learn new skills, and help your fellow artists take the next step in their artistic career. 

We believe that art is a communal process. There isn't just the art we make but the art of making the space it inhabits. Come see what that's all about!

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3:00 PM15:00

Kearny Street Workshop at BAMPFA: Evolving Legacies

BAMPFA is helping us celebrate our forty-fifth anniversary with artist and former KSW Director Nancy Hom presenting a new mandala project with imagery collected from the extended KSW community, speaking to the different eras of the organization. Hear stories, see pieces from the rich KSW archive of screen-printed posters, and enjoy a performance by multidisciplinary band Jyun Jyun Show.

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8:00 PM20:00

KSW Presents Bao Phi and Thi Bui

Event Information

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 7:30PM

Arc Gallery & Studios, 1246 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Early Bird$8 Pre-sale $10 Door $12 Supporter $20 Year Pass $50

Co-presented by DVAN (Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network)

KSW Presents kicks off the new year in a major way! We're bringing together superstar author & poet, Bao Phi, and one of the most talked about graphic novelists in the past year, Thi Bui, for a special reading, followed by a discussion, moderated by DVAN founder, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, to talk about their new books, Thousand Star Hotel and The Best We Could Do, along with their collaboration on the children's book, A Different Pond!

Bao Phi is an award winning author of two poetry collections, Song I Sing and Thousand Star Hotel, both positively reviewed by the New York Times, and one children's book, A Different Pond, which received six starred reviews and made several "Best Of" lists including Kirkus and Shelf Awareness. He is the Program Director of Events and Awards at the Loft Literary Center. A refugee from Vietnam and raised in the Phillips neighborhood of South Minneapolis, he is a father and a single co-parent.

Thi Bui is a writer, artist, and former public school teacher. Her graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do (Abrams ComicArts, 2017) has received critical acclaim and is a national bestseller. She came to the U.S. as a refugee in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, and continues to advocate for refugees and immigrants today

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7:00 PM19:00

KSW Holiday Re/Mix

SAVE THE DATE! Because it's that time of the year, again, where we get to say thank you for supporting KSW this year and every one of our 45 years of existence (#KSW45)! Come join us on December 1st for our annual reunion/mixer. We got some local vendors ready to help you get a head start on your holiday shopping, our "get stuffed" potluck, DJs, performances, volunteer appreciation, and, of course, APA Santa.

Vendors: Kristian Kabuay, Heavenly Soap Company, Nature as Muse, BRWNGRLZ, Tamiko Sidore

Desserts by Little Spoon Creamery

and a special performance by Genesis Fermin!

We try to keep the potluck a little orderly, if you are bringing a dish or want to see what's needed, please go here: bit.ly/holidayremix17

And if you can't make it or you just want to show your support for KSW, choose the donation option!

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1:30 PM13:30

IWL Final Reading and Chapbook Release

Kearny Street Workshop, in collaboration with the Asian Art Museum, presents Interdisciplinary Writers Lab (IWL), a three-month, multi-genre master class for local writers of color scheduled for summer 2017. IWL is a unique program that challenges emerging writers to explore and develop their writing skills across multiple genres. On October 22, join us to celebrate the conclusion of the program with readings from the anthology. 

Learn more about Kearny Street Workshop: https://www.kearnystreet.org/ 

Free with museum admission. For more information:http://www.asianart.org/regular/interdisciplinary-writers-lab

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