BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20150412T000000Z DTEND:20150412T000000Z DESCRIPTION:The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) will celebrate National Poetry Month in April with a special poetry reading featuring va rious perspectives on the incarceration experience of Japanese Americans d uring World War II. The reading is set for Sunday April 12\, 2015\, beginn ing at 1:00 p.m. at JAMsj\, 535 N. Fifth Street\, San Jose\, CA 95112.\n\n Participating poets are Mitsuye Yamada\, Nisei poet and author of Camp Not es\, Nellie Wong (friend of War Relocation Authority incarceree)\, author of Dreams in Harrison Railroad Park and Stolen Moments\, Mariko Nagai\, no velist\, author of Dust of Eden\, Brian Komei Dempster (son of War Relocat ion Authority incarceree)\, author of Topaz and Brynn Saito (granddaughter of War Relocation Authority incarcerees)\, author of The Palace of Contem plating Departure. The program will close with an Open Mic session\, and m embers of the audience will be invited to read their own poetry.\n\nCost: Free with admission to the museum (nonmembers\, $5\; students and seniors over age 65\, $3\; JAMsj members and children under 12\, free). Seating is limited. To reserve your place\, email or call ( 408) 294-3138.\n\nAbout the Poets\n \n MITSUYE YAMADA was born in Japan wh ile her first-generation Japanese American parents were visiting\, but was raised in the U.S. Her first book\, Camp Notes\, chronicles her experienc e with internment from evacuation to leaving the WWII incarceration center s. An activist\, poet\, story writer\, and former English Professor\, Yama da has contributed to This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Wome n of Color\, was featured in Mitsuye and Nellie Asian America Poets\, has received a Vesta Award from the Woman&rsquo\;s Building in Los Angeles\, a nd has served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International for eight years.\n \n NELLIE WONG has published several poetry collections: Dreams in Harrison Railroad Park\, The Death of Long Steam Lady\, Stolen Moments and Breakfast Lunch Dinner. Her poems and essays have appeared in antholog ies and journals in the U.S.\, Italy\, France and Australia. She is co-fea tured in the documentary film\, Mitsuye and Nellie Asian America Poets. An activist in the labor\, women\, racial justice and political prisoner rig hts&rsquo\; movements\, she was recognized by her alma mater\, Oakland Hig h School\, by having a building named after her.\n\nMARIKO NAGAI is a grad uate of New York University where she was the Erich Maria Remarque Fellow. She has received the Pushcart Prizes both in poetry and fiction (nominate d five times) and several fellowships including the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center\, UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for the Arts\, Akademie Schlo ss Solitude\, and Yaddo. Her books include Histories of Bodies: Poems\, Ge orgic: Stories\, and Dust of Eden: A Novel. She is currently an Associate Professor at Temple University's Japan Campus.\n\nBRI AN KOMEI DEMPSTER&rsquo\;S debut book of poetry\, Topaz\, was published by Four Way Books in 2013 and received the 15 Bytes 2014 Book Award in Poetr y. Dempster is editor of From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America 's Concentration Camp\, which received a 2007 Nisei Voices Award from the National Japanese American Historical Society\, and Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement. He is a professor of rhetoric and language and a faculty member in Asian Pacific American Studi es at the University of San Francisco\, where he also serves as Director o f Administration for the Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies.\n\nBRYNN SAITO is the author of The Palace of Contemplating Departure\, winner of t he Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press and finalist for the 2 013 Northern California Book Award. Her second book of poems--due out in t he Spring of 2016--incorporates the stories of the wartime incarceration o f her Japanese American grandparents. Brynn&rsquo\;s work has been antholo gized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed\; and has appeared in journals suc h as Poetry Northwest and the Virginia Quarterly Review. SUMMARY:“Perspectives on Camp” in Celebration of National Poetry Month URL:/en/events/2015/04/12/perspectives-on-camp-in-celebration-of-national/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR