Brian Komei Dempster with Alan Lau, Arlene Kim, Sharon Hashimoto & a tribute to Kim-An Lieberman
Topaz (FOUR WAY BOOKS)
Tuesday • June 3 • 6:30pm
U District store
Discussion & Book Signing
In their work as artists and writers, Asian American poets and scholars Brian Komei Dempster, Alan Lau, Arlene Kim, Sharon Hashimoto and Kim-An Lieberman have brilliantly and movingly explored the Pacific Asian American experience through verse and imagery as unique as each individual. This summer, we're honored to be joined by locals Lau, Kim and Hashimoto, along with San Francisco-based Dempster, for a poetry reading, panel-style discussion of the Pacific Asian American experience, and tribute to the late Kim-An Lieberman read by her family. Come to celebrate their lives, their work, and the heritage they each have brought to life so vividly.
Brian Komei Dempster is an American poet, instructor, and editor. His debut book of poetry, Topaz, was published by Four Way Books in Fall 2013. He is the editor of both From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in Americas Concentration Camps (Kearny Street Workshop, 2001), 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 (Heyday, 2011). His poems have been published in New England Review, North American Review, and Ploughshares, and the anthologies Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (Norton, 2008) and Asian American Poetry: the Next Generation (University of Illinois, 2004). He is a professor of rhetoric and language and a faculty member in Asian Pacific American Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award (along with Ronald Sundstrom) in 2010. Currently, he divides his time between teaching and serving as Director of Administration for the Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies.