Sometime between the season of spring and winter, I found time to do shows, publish a chapbook, and travel to Alaska. Let's work backwards, shall we?
* * * * *In the months of September and October I found myself in the land of Palin. Because I am mad patriotic the Anchorage Urban League invited me to perform and wax poetic about the importance of politics with youth -- primarily Southeast Asian communities -- for their Our Time 2008 workshops and the Remix the Vote Hip Hop Activism Summit. In the span of my one week stay, I visited temples, high schools, and the University of Anchorage performing my
poetry, giving mini lectures, doing Q&As, and hyped up kids to register to vote.
*photo credit Oscar Avellaneda
I was blessed enough to have kicked it all week with artists: Hueman Prophets (DC), Invincible (Detroit), and Troy Nkrumah (Nat'l Hip Hop Political Convention Chair by way of Nevada).
All the cats representing NYC: Toofly (world famous graffiti artist), Blitz the Ambassador, George Martinez (US Hip Hop Ambassador) and wifey Sylara.
In August writers, artists, and fans gathered at Amazon Bookstore (Mpls.) to celebrate the one year anniversary of Bryan Thao Worra's book, On The Other Side of the Eye. I was fortunate to have shared the mic with artists, Katie Ka Vang and Brandon Lacy Campos.
*photo credit Bryan Thao Worra
July's Crime and Love reading featured award winning novelist Ed Lin with author Bryan Thao Worra and myself. Ed was on tour promoting his latest book, This Is A Bust. That night I debuted my first chapbook, No Regrets, which contains a number of poems from almost a decade of writing.