#LITinCOLOR will celebrate the invention and imagination of writers of color who seek to represent realities that lie outside of the mainstream imagination, be it the lasting impact of American concentration camps or the navigation of racially profiled notions of sexuality. Poets and novelists from various communities and generations will come together to honor the ways in which writers of color have changed how we think, feel, and live.
Featured writers will include, April Naoko Heck, author of the poetry collection A Nuclear Family; Naomi Hirahara, author of the forthcoming Sayonara Slam; Traci Kato-Kiriyama, founder of Tuesday Night Project; Leza Lowitz, translator of Ayukawa Nobua’s America & Other Poems; Japanese/Kiwi singer songwriter Kat McDowell, and David Mura, poet and author of The Last Incantations and Turning Japanese; and Gene Oishi, the renowned Nisei journalist who published his first novel, Fox Drum Bebop, when he was in his eighties. Fox Drum Bebop is the winner of the 2016 Association of Asian American Studies Award for Best Book in Prose.
This event is co-sponsored by Kaya Press, Kundiman, Tia Chucha Press, Writ Large Press, and Tuesday Night Project.