Senior lecturer of ethnic studies at NAU, Dr. Jerry Garcia, will be holding an author’s talk titled “Prisoners Without Chains: The Forced Relocation of Japanese Mexicans 1942-1945” on Tuesday, May 16th. The free event features a small group discussion (limited to 12 RSVPs) from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Afterwards, from 6:45 PM to 8:30 PM there will be a presentation and Q&A. The event will be held at Arizona Humanities, located at 1242 N Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85004. Light refreshments will be served. For more information and to RSVP to the event click here.
Explore the Japanese Mexican experience during World War II and learn how it was markedly different than the Japanese American experience in the United States. Dr. Jerry Garcia from Northern Arizona University shares how the Japanese negotiated a distinct space within Mexican culture where Japanese identity and ethnicity was maintained and rarely challenged due to a perception that the Japanese displayed markers of whiteness that were associated with western imperialism and power. Examine how the Japanese adjusted during turbulent and transformative periods in Mexican history and the over-arching policies of the U.S. regarding Japanese immigration throughout the Americas.
Dr. Garcia’s new book Looking Like the Enemy: Japanese Mexicans, the Mexican State, and US Hegemony, 1897-1945 examines Japanese immigrants in Mexico and the United States during World War II. The book focuses on the experiences of the Japanese on both sides of the borders and the similarities and differences in their treatment. You can purchase the book through University of Arizona Press here and use discount code AZHUM17 for a special offer.
Dr. Garcia received his doctorate from Washington State University and was the former Director of the Chicano Education Program and the College Assistance Migrant Program at Eastern Washington University. He is now the Senior Lecturer for Ethnic studies at Northern Arizona University. His research focuses on Chicano History, Latin American History, History of Mexico, Asians in the Americas, immigration, empire, masculinity, and race in the Americas.
Poet, professor, and translator Roberto Echavarren, presented by Cardboard House Press and Four Chambers Press, will give a poetry reading and participate in a panel discussion on the politics of translation on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at 7 p.m. Echavarren, a renowned Uruguayan poet, will present at the Pulliam Auditorium at Burton Barr Central Library (1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004).
After reading selections from his latest collection, The Espresso Between Sleep and Wakefulness, Echavarren will participate in the panel with poet-translators Anthony Seidman and Wendy Burk, moderated by local poet Laureate Rosemarie Dombrowski.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit the Facebook event page or see Cardboard House Press’s Website.
Echavarren most recent work The Espresso between Sleep and Wakefulness is rooted in both surrealism and contra-constructivist practices. He is a native of Uruguay and a professor of world literature. Echavarren is the co-editor, along with José Kozer and Jacobo Sefamí, of Medusario: muestra de poesía Latinoamericana (Medusario: A Survey of Latin-American Poetry), the leading anthology of poetry in the Neo-Baroque style.
Echavarren’s critical prose addresses the distinctive characteristics of innovative Latin-American poetry. He uses meditations upon androgyny, surrealism and performance, to create a work that bends gender expectations and frees the imagination to pursue the material pleasures of poetry.
This event is presented in affiliation with #WritersResist.
Cactus Well is an event promoting the local literary community in the greater Phoenix area. The panel, consisting of local poets, teachers, and series founders, will discuss the workings of the literary community in Phoenix.
The event will take place on Saturday April 22nd, 2017 at 3 p.m. on ASU Tempe’s campus in COOR L1-88.
Panel members include Spillers host Robert Hoekman Jr., Jake Friedman of Four Chambers Press, Spoken-Word Poet Megan Atencia, and Superstition Review’s own Patricia Colleen Murphy. The event will start with a short Q&A concerning literary citizenship, technology and literature, and how to create a successful journal, reading series, or event. There will be refreshments and networking opportunities after.
See the Facebook Event page for more information.
Limited Engagement is a monthly performance and interview series that takes place on the third Friday of every month. This month’s edition of Limited Engagement features a conversation with Sally K. Lehman and Jessica Standifird, authors of In the Fat and Notes From A House Where Silence Is Failing.
Host Jared Duran will discuss life, the universe, and everything with Standifird and Lehman, who are on their spring southwest tour.
For more details please visit the Facebook Event Page. For more information on the authors, visit Lehman’s webpage or Standifird’s webpage.
This event takes place on Friday, April 21st at 7 p.m. at HUB Patio (4610 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013). Check out the Facebook event for more information.
Co-presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Changing Hands Bookstore brings author of The Sympathizer 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen to Phoenix. Nguyen will talk about his new short story collection The Refugees at Changing Hands Bookstore’s Phoenix location (300 W. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013) on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at 7 p.m.
The Refugees is a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration. It is a collection of stories written over a period of twenty years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family.
There will be a book signing following the talk. This is a free event. Please RSVP on the Facebook Event page.
For more details please visit Changing Hands Bookstore’s webpage.
Four Chambers Press presents poet Jack Evans for the release of their latest poetry collection, Rain is the Hourglass of Memory. The debut will take place at Practical Art (5070 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ, 85012) on Saturday April 15th, at 5 p.m.
Evans was born on the banks of the Hudson. He is a music enthusiast of all types and enjoys both reading and writing poetry. Evans works have appeared in numerous publications and he has also preformed all over Arizona as well as the rest of the country. Evans is a co-director of the Caffeine Corridor series in downtown Phoenix.
See the Facebook Event page for more details. To order digital and print editions of the book, visit Four Chambers Press website. Online PDF versions cost $5 and and print editions are $18.