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Works/San José, art and performance center
365 S Market St, San Jose, California 95113
Doors open at 6:30pm and performance begins at 7:00pm.
Open mic will follow the performance.
Affordable wine, beer and soda.
Admission: $2 Suggested Donation; No one turned away.
Arlene Biala is a Pinay poet and performance artist born in San Francisco and raised in the South Bay. She has been participating in poetry performances and workshops in the Bay Area for over 30 years and was Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County for 2016 and 2017. Her poetry has been described as «grounded in ritual object and ritual practice, mantras that resonate within the body, and plant the body firmly in the world.» She is the author of several collections of poetry: bone, continental drift, and her beckoning hands, which won the 2015 American Book Award. Her new book of poetry is one inch punch available now from Word Poetry.
Lehua M. Taitano is a queer Chamoru writer and interdisciplinary artist from Yigo, Guåhan (Guam). She is the author of two volumes of poetry—Inside Me an Island (WordTech Editions) and A Bell Made of Stones (TinFish Press). Her chapbook, appalachiapacific, won the 2010 Merriam-Frontier Award for short fiction. She has two recent chapbooks of poetry and visual art: Sonoma (Dropleaf Press) and Capacity (a Hawai’i Review e-chap).
Her poetry, essays, and Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction have appeared in Fence, Kartika Review, Red Ink International Journal, Poetry Magazine, and numerous others. She has served as an APAture Featured Literary Artist via Kearny Street Workshop, a Kuwentuhan poet via The Poetry Center at SFSU, and as a Culture Lab visual artist for the Smithsonian Institute’s Asian Pacific American Center. Taitano’s work investigates modern indigeneity, decolonization, and cultural identity in the context of diaspora.