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Aimee Suzara | Souvenir (Book Reading and Signing)
Thursday, May 22, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Reading and Signing of SOUVENIR, the debut book by Poet-Playwright Aimee Suzara. She will be joined by Barbara Jane Reyes and Janet Sapigao.
Known for her poetry, theatrical work and performance, author Aimee Suzara has recently released her first full-length poetry book, SOUVENIR (WordTech Editions 2014), and will be doing a reading and signing at Modern Times Books. At this free public event, Suzara will be joined by guest poet Barbara Jane Reyes, award-winning author of Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010).
SOUVENIR reflects a Filipino-American woman’s encounters with narratives of her history – from the “living exhibits” of Filipinos in the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, to the migration of her family across seas and continents to the Wild West. The collection of poems considers what souvenirs are kept as histories are buried, found, and reinvented.
SOUVENIR is a powerful meditation on history and the legacies of race, family and identity. Whether exploring the egregious exhibition of Filipinos at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair or her father’s eccentricities, Aimee Suzara’s poetry is precise, cogent, engaging and formally inventive. Her book adds a necessary and needed portrait to our American mosaic.
- David Mura, author of Turning Japanese
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Aimee Suzara is a deep chronicler of our hopes, dreams, pains, and future. Borderless yet profoundly situated, she is the motherjoyscream we must wake up to. We need these poems more than ever.
-Luis J. Rodriguez, author of My Nature is Hunger: New & Selected Poems
Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010), winner of the Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry and a finalist for the California Book Award. She was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books, 2003) and Poeta en San Francisco(Tinfish Press, 2005), which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. She is an adjunct professor at University of San Francisco’s Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program, and currently serves on the board of Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA).
Janice Lobo Sapigao is a Pinay poet, writer and educator born and raised in San Jose, CA. Her work has been published in Quaint Magazine, Broad!, the anthology Empire of Funk: Hip Hop and Representation in Filipina/o America, TropMag.com and AngryAsianMan.com, among others. She has performed and organized with communities in San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles. She earned her M.F.A. in Critical Studies/Writing at CalArts. She co-founded an open mic in Los Angeles called the Sunday Jump. She lives in the Bay Area and teaches at Skyline College and San Jose City College. She is a reviewer for The Volta Blog and Jacket2. She enjoys playing with stuffed animals, drinking green tea, running and cooking.