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East Meets Words Open Mic

  • EMW Community Space, Inc. 934 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA United States (map)

See Kundiman poets Wo Chan and Tamiko Beyer perform alongside local poet Jenn Diễm Uyên and singer/songwriter Poor Eliza at East Meets Words' September open mic! Doors open at 7pm.

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Photo by David Sun Kong

About the Performers

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Wo Chan is a non-binary poet and drag performer living in New York CIty. They are currently a NYFA Poetry Fellow and an MFA candidate at NYU. Wo is a standing member of Switch n' Play, a Brooklyn based drag/burlesque collective and have performed their work at New York Live Arts, National Sawdust, BAM Fisher, and more.






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Tamiko Beyer is the author of We Come Elemental (Alice James Books), and the chapbooks Dovetail, co-authored with Kimiko Hahn (forthcoming from Slapering Hol Press) and bough breaks (Meritage Press). She is a social justice communications writer and strategist who lives in Dorchester.







Jenn Diễm Uyên is a Việt American activist, survivor, artist, spirit. They organize with immigrant communities in Boston around gender justice and anti-violence. Jenn dreams of diasporic healing, often thinks about Time, & is learning to forgive. They love their Mom. They want to cook for you while you tell them stories over tea.









 Poor Eliza engages audiences with her intimate vocal vibrato and dynamic songwriting. Inspired by the haunting melodies of songwriters like Damien Rice and Kathleen Edwards, Poor Eliza uses her lyrics to challenge her sense of self, how she is perceived, and the disappointments surrounding identity. She currently lives in Boston, working on her second album to be released in 2018. 

About East Meets Words


East Meets Words began as a small bookstore owned by the Kong family. In March 2005, EMW held its first monthly open mic. Now, over 120 open mics later, East Meets Words is one of the longest running Asian American open mic series in the country, and one of the main hubs of API art and activism on the east coast. In March 2017, East Meets Words celebrated its 12th Anniversary!

Earlier Event: September 2
Kundiman at the Oakland Beast Crawl
Later Event: September 17
Kundiman at Brooklyn Book Festival