Two Languages/One Community Reception and Reading
Join writers Michael Warr and Chun Yu--along with Paula Marie Parker, Michael Wong, Denise Pate, Dera R. Williams, and Cecilia Graybeal, participants of the Two Languages/One Community literary workshop series--for a reception featuring readings of their new poems and essays. These short creative writing pieces reflect upon the theme of "family," and will be presented in English and Mandarin. OACC is near 12th St./City Center BART and is wheelchair accessible. Parking available in the attached Pacific Renaissance Plaza parking garage. BIOS Michael Warr’s books include Of Poetry & Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin, The Armageddon of Funk, We Are All The Black Boy, and Power Lines: A Decade of Poetry From Chicago’s Guild Complex. In 2017 he was named a SF Library Laureate. Other poetry honors include a 2014 Creative Work Fund award, 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature, 2012 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Award, Gwendolyn Brooks Significant Illinois Poets Award, and a NEA Fellowship for Poetry. Michael is the former Deputy Director of the Museum of the African Diaspora and has extensive experience in community-based arts. Chun Yu, Ph.D., is an author of the award-winning memoire "Little Green: Growing Up During the Chinese Cultural Revolution" and a historical graphic novel in progress on Mao and Emperor Li Yu. She contributed to the award-winning poetry anthology "Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace" and "Open Doors." Her new poetry collection in English and Chinese has won a San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant which merges science, art, and spirituality based on her experiences as an immigrant from an old culture in revolution to a new world with transforming science and technologies. "Chun Yu's poetry creates sense and order that readers young and old, eastern and western, will appreciate," writes Maxine Hong Kingston.