June 28, 2012 - 5:00 PM
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street
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Mix and MATCHA with Bay Area poets as they channel the spiritual and supernatural forces of the Asian Art Museum’s groundbreaking contemporary art exhibit “Phantoms of Asia” with a progressive poetry crawl through the museum’s galleries! Featuring poets Justin Chin, Paul Hoover, Arisa White, Farnoosh Fathi, Kevin Simmonds, Mari L’Esperance, and Truong Tran reading original work inspired by the collection.
For one night only, enjoy all of these fabulous poets, plus admission to the museum, the new sounds of DJ-in-residence Vin Sol, the premiere of the San Francisco episode of Gypsy Gentleman, a web-based documentary series exploring the history and art of tattoos, a dance party, and special performance by Trannyshack.
Litquake readers, writers, and friends, get a $5 discount on advance tickets here when you use the promo code “phantomspoets.”
About the poets
Justin Chin is author of three books of poetry (Bite Hard, Harmless Medicine, and Gutted); three books of essays (Mongrel: Essays, Diatribes & Pranks, Burden of Ashes, and Attack of the Man-Eating Lotus Blossoms); and most recently, the short story collection, 98 Wounds.
Farnoosh Fathi was born in 1981 to Iranian parents, and raised in California. Her poems, translations and prose have appeared in Jacket2, Boston Review, Everyday Genius, Poetry, and elsewhere. Her first book of poems, Great Guns, is forthcoming from Canarium Books in April 2013. She lives in San Francisco.
Paul Hoover’s most recent poetry books are Desolation: Souvenir, Sonnet 56 (56 versions of Shakespeare’s sonnet 56), and Poems in Spanish. He is editor of the anthology Postmodern American Poetry and co-editor of the literary magazine New American Writing. With Maxine Chernoff, he edited and translated Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin, which won the PEN USA Translation Award.
Born in Kobe, Japan, Mari L’Esperance was awarded a Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry for her collection The Darkened Temple (University of Nebraska Press, 2008). With Tomas Q. Morin, she’s edited an anthology of essays, Coming Close: Poets Pay Tribute to Philip Levine as Teacher and Mentor (University of Iowa Press, 2013).
Kevin Simmonds’ books include Mad for Meat, Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality and Ota Benga Under My Mother’s Roof. He wrote the music for the documentary Hope: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica, winner of an Emmy Award, and his poetry-based films include feti(sh)ame and Singing Whitman.
Truong Tran is a visual artist and author of five books, including The Book of Perceptions, a finalist for The Kiriyama Prize and placing the accents, a finalist for the Western States Prize for Poetry. His honors include grants from The Fund for Poetry, The Creative Work Fund, The Cultural Equity Grant, and The California Arts Council Grant.
Arisa White is a Cave Canem fellow, an MFA graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a blog editor for Her Kind. Her debut collection Hurrah’s Nest was published by Virtual Artists Collective and is the 2012 winner of the San Francisco Book Festival Award for poetry.
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