The premiere reading for “Literary Arts & Wine,” a monthly literary reading series held at Uncorked in old downtown Truckee to promote the work of exceptional writers. I read alongside Angela Spires, Rebecca Eckland, Denise Jolly and Matthew Blesse.
“Literary Arts & Wine” is a monthly literary reading series held at Uncorked in old downtown Truckee to promote the work of exceptional writers. I read alongside poet, Tee Iseminger, and nonfiction writer, Gayle Brandeis.
Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | Litquake Edition #2, Mixer 2.0 @ The Cat Club, San Francisco, CA
Mixer 2.0 is a reading series of MFA students and recent alumni. The Litquake series will feature 10 writers representing CCA, SMC, Mills, SJSU, and SFSU. Remember to bring dancing shoes, since The New Order and its ilk will be honored with the 1980s dance following our reading from the cage.
Saturday, November 15th, 2014 | Connect2Korea Holiday Celebration @ St. Francis Hall in St. Mary’s Cathedral (1111 Gough St)
Connect2Korea members and families are invited to a scrumptious Korean buffet lunch and amazing talent show from 1:00-4:00 PM! Activities include: Korean Arts & Crafts tables for children, Art Exhibition, K-Pop Dance Lesson, and more. I’ll be coordinating the Art Exhibition and showing a few of my panels from “A Material Girl.” Other artists include: Mihyun Lee, Kay Kang, Angela Kim, and Nathalie Vanderlinden.
Join us for an evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres and discussion on “The Language of the Spirit.” The Benefit will feature a talk with Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, and Michael Krasny. The raffle odds are as amazing as the prizes: a week at an Italian Villa, a week at Lorien Hotel & Spa in Alexandria, and a week in Lake Tahoe! By supporting both of these things you get to support emerging writers and the work of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Saint Mary’s!
Thursday, March 12th, 2015 | Co-Presenting Benson Lee’s film, Seoul Searching, w/ Lindsay Young Woolard-Donohue for the Association of Korean Adoptees, San Francisco @ CAAMFEST 2015, Castro Theatre on Opening Night
AKA-SF members attending CAAMFEST 2015
Based on Korean American filmmaker Benson Lee’s own experience as a teenager, SEOUL SEARCHING is a stunning new feature chronicling the shenanigans and personal journeys of a group of Korean teens — from around the globe — who are enrolled in a government-sponsored summer program. Set in the 1980s, this John Hughes-inspired dramedy delivers a pitch-perfect tale of teenage angst, modernized with a stellar Asian and Asian American cast. It’s nostalgia at its best with a dazzling all-star ’80s soundtrack and painfully accurate costumes. Beyond the puffy pink prom dresses and oversized blazers, what shines is the journeys these characters go through: from an adopted daughter reconnecting with her biological mother to a professor haunted by past mistakes, Lee masterfully captures the many collective stories of the Asian diaspora.
Director Benson Lee is no stranger to CAAMFest, his previous film, PLANET B-BOY, won two awards at CAAMFest 2008: Best Documentary and Audience Award. With many cast and crew in attendance, the Castro Theatre will be buzzing with this attitude-infused crowd pleasure. Doors open at 6:30 PM.
Take some time for contemplation in a place of peace, reflection and joyful creativity. This retreat, with the Memorial Day Weekend theme of “remembering” will take place at a beautiful spot that was once a convent. This weekend will provide a lovely opportunity to rest, to sit quietly and think, to write or create art, to nourish ourselves with simple and delicious food. The event features a combination of shared, facilitated time and open time in which participants may choose to:
• Write! (inspiring prompts will be provided)
• Make art (collage, paint, calligraphy, origami, hand papermaking) in the Art Basement
• Rest or meditate
• Walk, hike or do yoga (on your own
• Enjoy a massage (optional/additional cost) with a skilled, intuitive massage practitioner
• Be a hermit in the Hermitage
The experience of being at Santa Sabina, an inexpressibly lovely, calming and inspiring place, is a gift. You will find many intentionally created spaces for contemplation, creation and just being.
We’d like to welcome our incoming class for Fall 2015 with a gathering of returning students, alumni, faculty and staff. Get to know the newest members of your cohort, hear recent graduates, Alex Green, Kelsay Myers and Caroline O’Conner Thomas read from their work, ask questions, buy books, and get acquainted with your new MFA family. Faculty in each genre will attend and look forward to meeting their newest students and reconnecting with their returning and graduated ones. Eats, vino, and merriment will be served.
Sunday, February 21st, 2016 from 2:00-5:30 PM | Lambda Literary Reading Event @ Private Ranch, Sebastopol, CA
Read “Like An Angel On the Balcony” (Portland Review, Fall 2014) for a private Lambda Literary get together.
Join us for an evening of “literary toasts” with Daniel Handler, Robert Hass, Cristina Garcia, Yiyun Li, Joyce Carol Oates, and Al Young. Hosted by Faculty Director, Matthew Zapruder. Wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres, music, Italian villa raffle, silent auction, and door prizes! All funds raised provide scholarships for MFA students.
Thursday, March 10th, 2016 from 2:10-3:25 PM | Guest Lecture for Prof. Kira Donnell’s Asian American Literature Course @ San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
(Photo Credit: Prof. Kira Donnell)
My talk, “A Narrow Road to the Interior: On Experimental Writing and Identity in Asian American Literature,” using Kimiko Hahn’s zuihitsu and my own approach of large-scale art installation to show how creative forms of expression help promote healing and understanding of self and society.
“I see artwork and writing coming together in an organic way because the fact is that we all use both methods of communication to express ourselves on a daily basis, and that expression amounts to who we are.” -Kelsay Myers, curator.
AESTHETIC BLITZ is an exhibition in which female artists and poets of mostly Asian American ethnicity showcase work that is central to not only who they are as an artist, but who they are as a person in a large scale collage-like form. The concept of an “aesthetic blitzkrieg” is born out of the way that our minds process identity. We latch onto an image, symbol or word and make it our own in ways that are wholly personal to the individual creator, and this occurs in rapid succession. By presenting all work in a collage-like structure where things overlap or layer in ways that still preserve the integrity of each art piece in itself and visually inundate the audience with aestheticism—as if in an actual explosion where things are fragmented and connected in new ways. This exhibition celebrates how we come to know ourselves: as Asians, as women, as people!
Presented by AAWAA as part of its Emerging Curators Program.
Sponsored by the API Cultural Center- San Francisco as part of the 19th Annual United States of Asian America Festival 2016.
See the fabulous work in this exhibition May 4th – June 24th!
OPENING RECEPTION on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 from 3:30-7:30 PM
Kelsay Elizabeth Myers
Jade Acosta | Jasmine An | Joanne Billiet | Sabrina Brett | Kira Donnell | Joyce Mortel Familara | Gillian Hamel | C.K.Itamura | Susan Ito | Rupinder Kahlon | Kyung Sook Moir | Nivedita Ojha | Shizue Seigel | Pallavi Sharma | Raena Shirali | Jen Sinquefield | Cynthia Tom | Sue Tom | Nathalie Vanderlinden | Laura Ming Wong | Nellie Wong | Shelley Wong
Thursday, May 19th thru Thursday, June 30th, 2016 from 1:00-6:00 PM | A PLACE OF HER OWN Exhibition @ I-Hotel Manilatown Center (868 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA)
If you had a place of your own, what would it be? A group visual art exhibition featuring the vibrant dreams and hopes of 15 women artists, mostly Asian American, ages 25 to 72, expressing their visions of such a place with a variety of mediums: found objects assemblage, photography, written word, collage and sculpture. These works, which combine storytelling, recycled objects and fine art techniques, grew out of the A PLACE OF HER OWN residency/workshop program where participants explore, through intuitive art making and visual meditation, family patterns and belief systems, identity issues, personal trauma and yearnings.
Curator Cynthia Tom, driven by an abiding passion to spotlight issues facing Asian American women, develops artistic forums to heal, transform and inform. Leading up to this exhibition, Tom facilitated a series of workshops based on intuitive art practices and meditation that inspired the art. Audiences have the opportunity to tap into their inner wisdom and personal strengths through hands-on art-making with three intuitive, self-guided art-making workstations: “Beliefs That Hold You Back,” “Every Family Has a Story,” and “The Aspiration Tree.”
Presented by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center as part of the 19th Annual United States of Asian America Festival 2016.
My installation “Contours Of A Metaphor” will be on display May 19th – June 30th. Come check it out!
Kick off Beast Crawl’s first leg by joining SFSU and SMC at Pro Arts Gallery for a special hour of reading, featuring three contributors and former editors of San Francisco State’s Fourteen Hills as well as distinguished alumni Risa Nye (Nonfiction ’11), Paul Ebenkamp (Poetry ’09) and Alex Green (Poetry ’97) from Saint Mary’s College of California’s MFA in Creative Writing Program!
BEAST CRAWL is Uptown Oakland’s annual free literary festival featuring more than 200 writers in a single night, in dozens of events, spread out over three hours and thirty-eight local galleries, bars, restaurants, cafés, performance spaces, and storefronts. Each leg of The Beast lasts one hour, and offers a dozen different readings to chose from. There’s a half hour break between literary legs for socializing and relocating to a new venue before the next reading begins. We recommend choosing one reading per leg. You can even plan your route in advance. Crawl maps, curators, readers, and venues are all searchable on our website. Printed crawl maps will be available on the day of the festival at all the Leg 1 events, and at the Beast Crawl Information Table in front of The Legionnaire Saloon. Everyone is invited to the Leg 4 After Parties (marked with stars on the crawl map) starting at 9pm at The Legionnaire Saloon (drinks, dancing, 21+) and Telegraph Beer Garden (food, drinks, all ages).
Reiko Fujii capturing me reading my Artist Statement at the Reception. (Original Photo Credit: Judy Shintani)
Saturday, Oct 8th, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 PM | LIQUID STORIES Artist Reception @ The San Ramon Community Center (12501 Alcosta Blvd, San Ramon, CA)
Curated by Pallavi Sharma, this exhibit brings the works of visual artists who take great freedom to explore their subjects in a state of flux. They constantly grapple with the depiction of intricate narratives, which move along with the human mind and body, in the form of memories and experiences. The exhibit is aligned with the views on change and flow propounded by ancient philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus, and the vision of a chaotic world in perpetual change and becoming by Friedrich Nietzsche. The intention of the show is to create a fluid space of creative engagement and generate an open ended visual discourse on the subject.
My unfolding installation entitled “The Vessel: Where Once the Stories Bloomed Like Teardrops” will be debuted! Come see it from October 8-27th!!!
Sunday, February 19th, 2017 from 5:00-6:00 PM | Literary Arts & Wine @ Art Truckee (10072 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161)
“Literary Arts & Wine” is a literary reading series held at Art Truckee in old downtown Truckee to promote the poerty and prose of regional writers. FOR THIS READING, IT IS “ALL ABOUT LOVE.” Historically, Valentine’s day is a confusion of pagan ritual, Roman debauchery (which involved alcohol, spanking and coupling; not necessarily in that order), official beheadings, the industrialized Hallmark Valentine Card (circa 1913) and today’s staple SAD (Single’s Awareness Day) celebration. It is somehow also associated with sacrificing goats and dogs; a flying infant armed with a bow and arrow ready to “shoot” love into the eyeball of some random passerby; red roses, a symbol that simultaneously points to innocence and (no pun intended) deflowering; and, finally, those sassy sweat tart-hearts that tell you to “kiss me” and, just as you think things could end well: “as if.”
Join poets Kelsay Elizabeth Myers, June Saraceno and Arian Katsimbras as they explore the good, the bad and (maybe?) the dirty as they explore February’s favorite four-letter word (L-O-V-E). Literary Wine pairings will be encouraged to lovers of lit in all its forms.
An extraordinary evening featuring some of the nation’s most renowned writers, including acclaimed writer Natalie Baszile, Pulitzer-Prize winner Louise Glück; award-winning author and poet Michael Ondaatje, former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and celebrated author Linda Spalding. Marilyn Abildskov will give a toast in honor of the late MFA Professor, Wesley Gibson, announcing the Velvet Archer Scholarship in Memory of Wesley. Hosted by Saint Mary’s English Professor and New York Times poetry editor, Matthew Zapruder, Benefit tickets include opportunities to meet the featured writers, hors d’oeuvres, a hosted beer and wine bar, virtual reality painting music and typewriter poems. Attendees will also have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes including the grand prize—a week-long vacation at Villa La Quercia, a classically restored stone villa on a 155-acre estate in Tuscany that sleeps eight, along with $500 in travel funds. Prizes include a week’s stay in Sun Valley, Idaho; a private wine tasting for eight at the Caymus Vineyards in Napa, and a golf outing at the Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland. Get your tickets here!
Friday, February 3rd, 17th and March 3rd, 17th, 2017 from 7:30-9:30 PM | Mindful Movement & Dance Book Club @ Alpine Park in my private residence (1776 Botelho Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596)
Our first Mindful & Conscious book choice is Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach. Please RSVP at the Meetup link above if you’d like to attend, and I will email further instructions about the location. We will have tea, coffee and light appetizers. Feel free to bring any other snacks or beverages you might like to share:
Fri 2/3 Chap 1-3
Fri 2/17 Chap 4-6
Fri 3/3 Chap 7-9
Fri 3/17 Chap 10-12
Three chapters at a time so that we can journal, digest, infuse and live the invitations before coming to chat. We can truly use this as a workbook. Join us on Facebook if you want to add your comments along the way or want to participate from a distance.
Thursday, April 27th – May 25th, 2017 from 7:30-9:30 PM | Mindful Movement & Dance Book Club @ Alpine Park in my private residence (1776 Botelho Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596)
Our second Mindful & Conscious book choice is The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and this Zigzag Life by Natalie Goldberg. Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Zen priest and author of What is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind, says, “No one writes about Zen and writing and being human with more honesty, verve, and punch than Natalie Goldberg. Now in the fullness of her Great Spring, she tells, with more vividness and wisdom than ever before, stories from her life illuminated by the Zen teachings and practice that have informed it.” Please RSVP at the Meetup link or get in contact with me directly if you’d like to attend, and I will email further instructions about the location. We will have teas, coffee, wine, light appetizers and desserts to munch on while we talk. Feel free to bring and keep a journal while you read. We will provide short writing prompts for those inspired to write about their own life and practice. The stories are organized in sections, and we plan to cover one section per meeting.
Thurs 4/27: Preface, Introduction and Searching
Thurs 5/4: Wandering and Zigzagging
Thurs 5/11: Losing
Thurs 5/18: Leaping and Afterword
Join us on Facebook if you want to add your comments along the way or want to participate from a distance.
Saturday, September 2nd from 5:00-6:00 PM | GET TO KNOW YOUR MFAS: Saint Mary’s College & Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review, A Literary Reading for BEAST CRAWL 2017, curated by Kelsay Myers and Keith Donnell @ Kingston 11 (2270 Telegraph, Oakland, CA)
Join SFSU and SMC for some Caribbean cuisine, rum, and a special hour of reading featuring contributors and former editors of San Francisco State’s Fourteen Hills, Heather June Gibbons, Margaret Spilman and Danielle Truppi, as well as distinguished alumni Ani Tascian (Nonfiction ’15), Robert Andrew Perez (Poetry ’11), Meg Hurtado Bloom (Poetry ’09) and Sheila Davies Sumner (Poetry ’12) from Saint Mary’s College of California’s MFA in Creative Writing Program!!!
Saint Mary’s MFA in Creative Writing Program is on the cutting edge between the traditional and experimental. For 21 years, it’s provided mentorship, a supportive literary community, and exceptional writing! | www.stmarys-ca.edu/mfa-in-creative-writing
Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review contributes to a vibrant literary tradition on the West Coast, committed to publishing a diversity of experimental and progressive work by emerging and established authors. | www.14hills.net
BEAST CRAWL is Uptown Oakland’s annual free literary festival featuring more than 200 writers in a single night, in dozens of events, spread out over three hours and thirty-eight local galleries, bars, restaurants, cafés, performance spaces, and storefronts.
Each leg of The Beast lasts one hour, and offers a dozen different readings to chose from. There’s a half hour break between literary legs for socializing and relocating to a new venue before the next reading begins. Printed crawl maps will be available on the day of the festival at all the Leg 1 events, and at the Beast Crawl Information Table in front of The Legionnaire Saloon.
Everyone is invited to the Leg 4 After Parties (marked with stars on the crawl map) starting at 9pm at The Legionnaire Saloon (drinks, dancing, 21+) and Telegraph Beer Garden (food, drinks, all ages). Follow the Beast on Facebook!