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Arrivals and departures: A fun social literary evening

Arrivals and departures: A fun social literary evening

The first known use of the words arrival and departure were in the 14th and 15th centuries respectively, but do they denote beginnings or endings or both?

Join us for a fun literary social with writers Christine Hayvice, Aaron Chan, Jennifer Zilm, Cynthia Sharp, Christina Myers, and Candie Tanaka as they explore this notion and state of place in different ways.

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Poetry Masterclass with Tāriq Malik

Poetry Masterclass with Tāriq Malik

On July 20, join Tāriq Malik for an energizing workshop on tapping into the alchemy of visual art and the poetic voice (and other unleashed beasts). Sharing his innovative poems from Exit Wounds, Tāriq will guide you through genre-bending exercises that connect visual and poetic forms and challenge you to push the boundaries of what your words can achieve. You will walk away from this masterclass feeling a sense of empowerment, agency, and openness.

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Birthday Celebration and Open House

Birthday Celebration and Open House

Sunday, June 4, 2 to 4pm Join us to celebrate the 88th birthday of author Joy Kogawa! cake and ice creamhouse toursused book salekid’s craft tableperformances by Solidarity Notes Choir and Kogawa Ukulele Circle

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Conversations with Friends in Spring

Conversations with Friends in Spring

Guest Post by Effie Pow Leading up to my residency at the Historic Joy Kogawa House, I was inspired by the song You’re Not Alone and the creative journey of Allison Russell. These words shine a light for anyone who finds themselves in darkness. Hey, my little evening...

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Transforming Trauma through Words and Music

Transforming Trauma through Words and Music

Resident writer Effie Pow presents Transforming Trauma through Words and Music, a showcase of readings and experimental music by local writers and performers inspired by family, identity, and immigrant experiences. With readings by Wiley Wei-Chiun Ho and Jonathan Poh. Jerry Moon will speak about his experimental music composition.

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