Festival Schedule

* notes on accessibility:
Programming at Franklin Square Park is outdoors with a wheelchair accessible audience area and amplified sound. All Eaton DC event spaces are wheelchair accessible and scent-free, with dimmable lights and amplified sound (though please note the Eaton DC lobby burns sage and palo santo throughout the day). Programming on the Smithsonian Freer/Sackler Galleries steps is outdoors with a wheelchair accessible audience area and amplified sound. Festival programming at the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building is wheelchair accessible and scent-free, with dimmable lights and amplified sound.

ASL interpreters will be available throughout programming at:
-Eaton DC Beverly Snow Ballroom 10:45 AM-6:30 PM on Aug. 2
-Smithsonian Freer/Sackler Galleries 7-9 pm on Aug. 2
-Eaton DC Beverly Snow Ballroom 5:30 PM-11 PM on Aug. 3
-Eaton DC Wild Days Rooftop Bar 10:00 AM-5:00 PM on Aug. 4
-Eaton DC Beverly Snow Ballroom 7:00 PM-9:00 PM on Aug. 4

For inquiries about ASL interpreters at other programs or other access needs, please contact APAC@si.edu.

Day 1: Fri, August 2, 2019

Franklin Square Park, Eaton DC + Smithsonian Freer/Sackler Galleries steps

Franklin Square Park

9:00 AM-10:30 AM

Poet's Peace Breakfast (view folio)

Eaton DC, Beverly Snow Ballroom (second floor)

10:45 AM-11:00 AM

Opening Welcome

11:00 AM-12:30 PM

Poetry Reading: Arthur Sze + Gerald Maa

12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Pacific Islander Poetry Reading with Christopher Diaz, William Nu'utupu Giles, Lee Kava + Terisa Siagatonu, hosted by Kundiman

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Global Anglophone Indian Poetry: Kazim Ali + Rajiv Mohabir, hosted by Poetry Foundation

3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Fiction Reading: Monique Truong + Madeleine Thien moderated by Terry Hong

5:00 PM-6:30 PM

Tricks of the Dark, Tools of the Light: Brenda Kwon, Juliet S. Kono + Christy Passion, hosted by Bamboo Ridge Press

Eaton DC, Crystal Room (second floor)

11:00 AM-12:30 PM

(Re)Centering Sensitivity: An MFAoC Workshop Model

12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Literary Addresses: Bryan Thao Worra + Cathy Schlund-Vials, hosted by the Massachusetts Review and the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Bamboo Ridge Reading: Mystery, History, Experience, featuring Scott Kikkawa, Wing Tek Lum + Elmer Omar Bascos Pizo

Eaton DC, Sidney Room (first floor)

11:00 AM-12:30 PM

The Landscape, The Maternal, The Beloved, The Warrior: Honoring the Female with Hawai‘i’s Bamboo Ridge Press, featuring Ann Inoshita, Jean Toyama, Gail N. Harada, and Lisa Linn Kanae

12:30 PM-2:00 PM

White Fragility and the Lyric: Dorothy Wang + Prageeta Sharma

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Laomagination 45, featuring Kaysone Syonsea + Bryan Thao Worra

Eaton DC, Cinema (first floor)

11:00 AM-5:00 PM

A Day in the Queer Life of Asian Pacific America “Queer Check-in” Video Poems (playing on loop)

Eaton DC, Wild Days Rooftop Bar (top floor)

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

VS Podcast Live, hosted by Danez Smith and Franny Choi, featuring Sarah Gambito, Joseph Legaspi, and Cathy Linh Che

Eaton DC, Salon Room (second floor)

10:30 AM-5:00 PM

Literary Lounge sponsored by AARP, featuring:
-Kaya Press table, with tiger drawing, collage poetry with Hari
Alluri, calligraphy with Faisal Mohyuddin + portraits by Mimi Lok
-Experimental Translation Booth run by Jennifer Hayashida, Rajiv
Mohabir + Gerald Maa
-AALR table with tarot readings and literary meme-making station
-Asian American Writers’ Workshop immersive carceral justice
station
-TheGeorgia Review table
-1882 Foundation table
-NEA Literature table
-American University Asian American Student Union table
-Passenger Pigeon Press table
-Sine Theta Magazine table
-Bamboo Ridge Press table

Eaton DC, Library (first floor)

2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Reading/Mindfulness Lounge, hosted by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Fun English Class discussion section, led by Rajiv Mohabir

Smithsonian Freer/Sackler Galleries steps

5:00 PM-9:00 PM

Verbal Fire: An Asian American Spoken Word Showcase, featuring Regie Cabico, Gowri K, Kat Evasco, Nishta Raj, Pamela K. Santos, M Marbella, Soo-Jin Lee, jenny c. lares + Lauren Bullock.

Day 2: Sat, August 3, 2019

Library of Congress + Eaton DC

Library of Congress (LJ-119, first floor, Thomas Jefferson Bldg)

10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Intimate Lecture by Monique Truong

11:30 AM-1:00 PM

Silent Histories: Remembering Lost Voices, featuring Jennifer Chang + Cathy Park Hong

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Intimate Lecture by Arthur Sze

3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Silent Histories: Remembering Lost Voices, featuring Kazim Ali + Ching-In Chen

Eaton DC, Beverly Snow Ballroom (second floor)

5:30 PM-7:00 PM

Kundiman Mentorship Fellows Reading, featuring fellows Pik-Shuen Fung, Julie Ae Kim, June Daowen Lei, Divya Nair, Kimarlee Nguyen, Danielle Batalion Ola, Shrima, Ananya Kanai Shai, and Paul Aster Stone-Tsao along with mentors J. Mae Barizo, T Kira Madden, and Bushra Rehman

7:00 PM-8:00 PM

Workshop on Race, Identity + Asian American Writing: A Stranger’s Journey, featuring David Mura, moderated by Soham Patel, hosted by the University of Georgia Press

9:00 PM-11:00 PM

Queer LITERAOKE, featuring Franny Choi, Wo Chan, Mimi Khúc, Yanyi, Jericho Brown, Kristen Arnett, Sarah Gambito + Joseph Legaspi, Regie Cabico + Ricco Siasoco, emceed by Dan Lau

Eaton DC, Crystal Room (second floor)

5:30 PM-6:30 PM

Kaya Healing Circle

7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Queer/Trans Ghost Stories, featuring Mimi Mondal and p0stb1nary, curated by Maya Acharya

Eaton DC, Library (first floor)

5:30 PM-6:30 PM

Fun English Class discussion section, led by Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

Day 3: Sun, August 4, 2019

Eaton DC

Eaton DC, Sidney Room (first floor)

10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Transnational Narratives, featuring Mimi Lok, Max Yeh + Alice Stephens, moderated by Swati Khurana, hosted by Kaya Press

11:30 AM-1:00 PM

Asian American Children’s Literature Panel, featuring Christina Soontornvat, Rashin Kheiriyeh, and Minh Lê in conversation with scholar Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen

1:00 PM-2:30 PM

Refugee Poetry Collective Reading: Ilya Kaminsky, Ocean Vuong, Kaveh Akbar, Mai Der Vang + Carolina Ebeid

2:30 PM-4:00 PM

Breaking all the Stereotypes: Why Asian YA is Having a Big Moment, featuring Ellen Oh, Sona Charaipotra, Misa Sugiura, Caroline Tung + Ed Lin

4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Caring for (Fictional) Community: David Mura in conversation with Alicia Upano

5:00 PM-6:00 PM

Prose Reading: Alicia Upano + Samina Najmi, hosted by the Massachusetts Review

Eaton DC, Crystal Room (second floor)

11:00 AM-3:00 PM

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Asian American Literature, run by Kundiman + Wikimedia DC

3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Caring for Liberation Workshop: Purvi Shah, Sunu P. Chandy, and Krittika Ghosh, hosted by Kundiman

5:00 PM-6:00 PM

Poetic Empathy: How to Use Poetry as a Tool for Solidarity Building, hosted by 18MR

Eaton DC, Wild Days Rooftop Bar (top floor)

10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Poetry Reading: New Work, featuring Dilruba Ahmed, Cathy Linh Che + Mai Der Vang

11:30 AM-1:00 PM

New Books Reading: Franny Choi, Sally Wen Mao + Yanyi

1:00 PM-2:30 PM

Capturing Fire Reading: Regie Cabico + TBA

2:30 PM-4:00 PM

Muslim Writing Salon

4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Poetry Reading: Sally Wen Mao, hosted by the Massachusetts Review

Eaton DC, Salon Room (second floor)

10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Literary Lounge sponsored by AARP, featuring:
-Kaya Press table, with tiger drawing, collage poetry with Hari
Alluri, calligraphy with Faisal Mohyuddin + portraits by Mimi Lok
-AALR table with tarot readings and literary meme-making station
-Asian American Writers’ Workshop immersive carceral justice station
-The Georgia Review table
-NEA Literature table
-American University Asian American Student Union table
-Passenger Pigeon Press table
-Sine Theta Magazine table
-Bamboo Ridge Press table
-Charm City Festival table
-Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School table

Eaton DC, Cinema (first floor)

11:00 AM-2:30 PM

A Day in the Queer Life of Asian Pacific America “Queer Check-in” Video Poems (playing on loop)

2:30 PM-4:00 PM

Queer Check-Ins Live: Franny Choi, Joseph Legaspi, Lauren Bullock, Gowri K + Aria Pahari

Eaton DC, Library (first floor)

2:00 PM-5:00 PM

Reading/Mindfulness Lounge, hosted by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

5:00 PM-6:00 PM

Fun English Class discussion section, led by Sally Wen Mao

Eaton DC, Beverly Snow Ballroom (second floor)

7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Fiction Reading: Ocean Vuong