WORDS ON FIRE
Three pioneers of the Asian American Women’s Literary Movement,
Nellie Wong, Genny Lim and Kitty Tsui
come together to share their powerful poetry
with the accompaniment of pianist and poet, Bill Crossman
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Nellie Wong was born and raised in Oakland. A long-time activist for radical social change and a retired office worker, Nellie was honored by Oakland High School with a building in her name. She is the author of four poetry books: Dreams in Harrison Railroad Park, The Death of Long Steam Lady, Stolen Moments and Breakfast Lunch Dinner. She is co-featured in the documentary film, â€œMitsuye and Nellie AsianÂ American Poets,â€ by Allie Light and Irving Sarah.
Genny Lim is San Francisco Jazz Poet Laureate. She has been featured at Jazz Festivals and World Poetry Festivals in the U.S. and around the world. Her award-winning play “Paper Angels,” was the first Asian American play to be aired on PBSâ€™s American. Lim’s performance piece, “Don’t Shoot! A Requiem in Black,” dedicated to Black Lives Matter, recently premiered at Safe House.
She is author of five poetry collections and co-author of the seminal, Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island.
Kitty Tsuiâ€™s WORDS OF A WOMAN WHO BREATHES FIRE was the first book by a Chinese American lesbian; her second BREATHLESS â€“ EROTICA won the Firecracker Alternative Book Award. WORDS OF A WOMAN WHO BREATHES FIRE will be out as a Sapphic Classic along with new poems from NICE CHINESE GIRLS DONâ€™T in July, 2019.
Bill Crossman is a pianist, composer, human rights activist, philosopher/educator, poet, playwright, and author. As a pianist, Crossmanâ€™s specialty is free jazz/free improvisation. His musically improvised â€œJohn Brown’s Truthâ€ musical premiered at the 2009 International Society of Improvised Music Festival at UC Santa Cruz, and has since been performed throughout northern California and in New York City.
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