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Artographies: Voices, Sounds & Poetry from the Bay Area on Refugees & Borders

June 20, 2019, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Please join us at the Richmond Art Center on World Refugee Day for an evening of poetry, music, and conversations with local writers, musicians, and activists for Artographies: Voices, Sounds & Poetry from the Bay Area on Refugees & Borders. Food and beverages will be served. This event is free.

Participants include Veronica Aguilar, Rachel Qúy Collier, Yang Huang, Laleh Khadivi, Oliver Mok, Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong, Nwe Oo, Sakhone, Audrey T. Williams, Maw Shein Win, Kenneth Wong, and Julie Zhu.

Special thanks to Dr. Penny Edwards, The Critical Refugee Studies Collective, and the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Much gratitude to the Human Rights Center at the UC Berkeley School of Law for their generous sponsorship.

This event is organized by Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong and Maw Shein Win.

About the participants:

Veronica Aguilar is an activist who works for Pueblo Sin Fronteras.

Rachel Qúy Collier is a writer, teacher, and translator who lives in the Bay Area with her family.

Yang Huang is a Chinese-American fiction writer and computer engineer. Her collection of linked family stories My Old Faithful won the Juniper Prize for Fiction. Her debut novel Living Treasures won the Nautilus Book Award silver medal in fiction. Her essays and stories have appeared in Poets & Writers, TASTE, Literary Hub, The Margins, Asian Pacific American Journal, and others. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and works for the University of California at Berkeley.

Laleh Khadivi was born in Esfahan, Iran. Her debut novel, The Age of Orphans, received the Whiting Award for Fiction, the Barnes and Nobles Discover New Writers Award and an Emory Fiction Fellowship. Her debut documentary film 900 WOMEN aired on A&E and premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. She has worked as director, producer and cinematographer of documentary films since 1999. Her fiction and non-fiction can be found in The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, VQR, The Sun and other publications. She is the recipient of a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Grant and a 2016 Pushcart Prize for her story Wanderlust. She lives in Northern California.

Oliver Mok is a guitarist interested in the continued exploration of sound, improvisation and composition.

Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong is a multi-disciplinary artist and software developer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has lived in nine states and two continents. Art is a way for her to traverse seen and unseen geographies. Her first poetry collection is ravel, a finalist for the many voices project by New Rivers Press, and the White Pine Poetry Prize. Bonnie is Lead Artist in the Critical Refugee Studies Project artographies: in other words/worlds. Bonnie’s first play Liriope was staged as a work in progress at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve to culminate her artist’s residency at Stanford University.

Nwe Oo is a Bay Area activist for the Rahkine people in Burma.

Sakhone from the Asian Prisoner Support Committee will speak about his lived experience.

Audrey T. Williams is a Poet and Storyteller who is either creating, curating, or dreaming. She writes from the intersection of her African and “South by Southeast Asian” ancestry. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at CCA in 2018 and is on the Board of Directors at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. She is working on her first book, Of Chutneys and Chitlins: Stories from a Multi-cultural American Girl.

Maw Shein Win is a poet, writer and educator whose poetry collections include Score and Bone (2016), Invisible Gifts: Poems (2018) and a forthcoming collection on Omidawn in Fall (2020). The first poet laureate of El Cerrito (2016 – 2018), Maw is currently a Visiting Scholar in the Department of English, UC Berkeley and Lead Artist in the Critical Refugee Studies Project artographies: in other words/worlds.

Kenneth Wong is a Burmese-American writer, blogger, artist, and translator. His short stories, essays, articles, and poetry translations have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston University’s AGNI magazine, Irrawaddy, Myanmar Times, California College of the Arts’ Eleven Eleven magazine, and other publications. He currently teaches a course on Beginning Burmese at UC Berkeley.

Julie Zhu is a composer, artist, and carillonneur pursuing a doctorate in music composition at Stanford University who strives towards expressive synchronicities between disparate fields.






Photo by Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong


June 20, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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