The celebration observes those whose ancestry extends to the Asian continent as well as the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Even the rain …. I bought socks for my family…. Who knows? I want to make a dark mirror ….
April is National Poetry Month and National Poetry Writing Month , sparking poetry readings, new poetry books, challenges to write thirty poems in thirty days, people carrying poems in their pockets to share, and, of course, a multitude of poetry writing assignments in schools across the country. NBC Asian America —with the help of a poetry professor or two—pulled together a sampling, showcasing the diversity of Asian American poetry—poets, spoken word, literary journals, and writing programs. Kosal Khiev was born in a refugee camp in Thailand, grew up in the United States, and discovered spoken word poetry while serving 14 years in prison for attempted murder. There, he was chosen as the poet to represent Cambodia at the London Cultural Olympiad. He represented Laos at the London Cultural Olympiad.
Asian American literature is the body of literature produced in the United States by writers of Asian descent. Asian American literature became a category during the s but didn't see a direct impact in viewership until later in the s. An Anthology of Asian-American Writers This anthology collected staples of long-forgotten Asian American literature and criticized the lack of visibility of this literature. This anthology brought to light the necessity of visibility and criticism of Asian American literature; with visibility came recognition of new literature.
T he genre of spoken word liberates poetry from the page, breathing life into verse at the nexus of literature, theater, oral history and political activism. Performed intimately before a live audience, each piece is firmly situated in a community and sociopolitical context in a way that a written book of poetry is not. Often representing the voice of the marginalized, the spoken word tradition simultaneously entertains and empowers those who speak and witness it; it is hence impossible to talk about spoken word separately from the communities where it is performed. I will focus on the Asian and Pacific Islander American APIA spoken word community in Boston and the role poetry serves as a vessel for uplifting immigrant narratives here.