2011 APIA Spoken Word Summit will take place in the Twin Cities

16 May

2011 Asian Pacific Islander American Spoken Word & Poetry Summit, Twin Cities!

Happening August 4-7 in beautiful Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Workshop proposals and requests for featured performers for Summit are due JUNE 1. Go to the Summit website at and click “Programs” to find application forms.

Featured guests at Summit this summer:

Joe Kadi is a writer and teacher, living in Canada’s Rocky Mountains. The connections between creativity, social justice, and community have fed and intrigued him for a long time. He has two books out, Food For Our Grandmothers: Writings by Arab-American and Arab-Canadian Feminists, and Thinking Class: Sketches from a Cultural Worker (both written when he was a woman known as Joanna).

David Mura‘s memoirs, poems essays, plays and performances have won wide critical praise and numerous awards. Their topics range from contemporary Japan to the legacy of the internment camps and the history of Japanese Americans to critical explorations of an increasingly diverse America. He gives presentations at educational institutions, businesses and other organizations throughout the country.

Brenda Wong Aoki has broken barriers and established a new artistic genre as a contemporary American storyteller. Her work is a synthesis of Japanese noh and kyogen Theater, Commedia Dell’Arte, modern dance and every day experience. Her work is included as part of the Asian American Women Playwrights Archive at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Lawson Fusao Inada’s first book, Before the War, was the first individual book of poems by an Asian American poet published by a major company. He was the fifth Poet Laureate of the state of Oregon. His 1994 book, Legends from Camp, won the American Book Award. Also a musician, Inada cites jazz and his time in the internment camps as his chief influences as a poet.

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