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  • Flower Power Poetry Series

    Performances, and part of Flower Power Programs

    Jul 19

    Free with museum admission

    12—12:45 PM

    Vinson Gallery

    Throughout the world, flowers are timeless symbols of love, of hope, of peace and of resistance. Join six Bay Area poets in a three-part lunchtime poetry series in the Flower Power Lounge as they read works inspired by these timely themes.

    Additional dates are August 16 and September 20.
    July 19

    Maw Shein Win 
    Maw Shein Win’s poetry has appeared in various journals, including Cimarron Review, FanzineEleven Eleven, the Fabulist, and the anthology Cross-StrokesPoetry between Los Angeles and San Francisco (Otis Books/Seismicity Editions). Her most recent poetry chapbook Score and Bone (Nomadic Press) was nominated for a CLMP Firecracker Award. She is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito. http://www.el-cerrito.org/poets

    Ravi Chandra
    Ravi Chandra is a psychiatrist and writer in San Francisco.  His poetry has been anthologized in Indivisible, the award-winning South Asian American poetry anthology.  His first book of poetry, a fox peeks out, won Honorable Mention at the San Francisco Book Festival.  Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks, his first full-length nonfiction book, will be published in Fall, 2017. Buddhist teacher and author Sylvia Boorstein says, “I think Facebuddha will be inspiring to many, many people.”  Details and a newsletter at www.facebuddha.co

    Genny Lim 
    Genny Lim is the current San Francisco Jazz Poet Laureate. She has performed in poetry & music collaborations with the late great jazz legends Max Roach, Herbie Lewis and Fred Ho and local musicians, John Santos, Francis Wong and Jon Jang. She has also been featured at World Poetry Festivals in Venezuela, Bosnia and Italy. Her award-winning play "Paper Angels," aired on PBS American Playhouse in 1985 and was reprised in 2010 in San Francisco Chinatown’s Portsmouth Square, receiving the San Francisco Fringe Festival Best Site Specific Award.  It was remounted in 2016 at the Seattle Fringe Festival and will be produced in St. Louis, Missouri this year. Lim's performance piece, "Don't Shoot! A Requiem in Black" dedicated to Black Lives Matterpremiered at Safe House this last April and will be presented at next year's SF Jazz Poetry Festival at SF Jazz Center. 

    Lim is author of four poetry collections, Winter Place, Child of War, Paper Gods and Rebels, KRA! and co-author of the seminal, Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island

    In the 1960’s, Lim was the lead singer of a rock band called Glass Mountain, playing shows throughout the Bay Area.

Organizer & Sponsors

Flower Power is organized by the Asian Art Museum. Presentation is made possible with the generous support of Doris Shoong Lee and Theodore Bo Lee, The Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Fund for Excellence in Exhibitions and Presentations, Phoebe Cowles, Warren Felson and Lucy Sun, Cathy and Howard Moreland, and an anonymous donor. Media sponsors: Wall Street Journal, NBC Bay Area, KQED. 

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