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7 Continents 9 Lives: Intersecting Identities And Communities – A Panel Discussion On The Work Of Poet Activist Fay Chiang

Free and open to the public. RSVP by Monday, March 22, 2010.RSVP: Website www.apa.nyu.edu; Email apa.rsvp@nyu.edu; or Call 212-992-9653

Featured speakers and readings by
Fay Chiang
Thulani Davis, NYU
Alana Ruben FreePatricia Spears Jones
Renato Rosaldo, NYU
Moderated by Bob Holman, Publisher Bowery Books

2010-03-24

Join us for a discussion with scholars and writers to celebrate and analyze this important New York  poet’s new collection of poems, 7 Continents 9 Lives, published by Bowery Books. Fay Chiang has long been part of the early ‘70s New York poetry scene and continues to influence a generation of young writers, slam poets, and activists.

A writer, artist and community/cultural organizer living and working in Chinatown and the Lower East Side of New York City for the past four decades, Chiang writes from her experiences as a woman of color of the working class. Her complex and layered poetry stem from a belief that culture is a psychological weapon to reclaim our past, define our present, and to envision possibilities for our future; that the development of culture is an integral part of progressive social change and social justice movements.


“…She adds much needed flava to the East Village/downtown story and reminds us that much of NYC is about working people and their lives. Her poems, memoirs, and mini-essays offer a powerful testimony of an artist’s life during times of great change, possibility and pushback. — Patricia Spears Jones

“…Chiang is a rebel guised in the shield of mother, activist, artist, elder sibling, a true shiva poet who is fierce and full of humility, brimming with a joy for life.” — Regie Cabico

Books will be available for purchase and signing

Organizer: A/P/A Institute at NYU
Venue: A/P/A Institute at NYU, 7th Floor Gallery
Address:
41-51 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
Phone: 212.998.3700
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