And If That Mockingbird Don’t Sing Anthology Launch
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 @ 6pm CST
Pagination Bookshop (Virtual)

A reading with selected authors from the new anthology AND IF THAT MOCKINGBIRD DON’T SING: PARENTING STORIES GONE SPECULATIVE {Alternating Current Press}!

Day of Remembrance: Japanese American Incarceration
Saturday, February 19, 2022 @ 7pm CST
Colorado College (Virtual)
With Brandon Shimoda, Brynn Saito, Patrick Shiroishi, & Kimiko Tanabe

A memorial for the 80th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 (February 19, 1942), which formalized the dispossession, forced removal, and mass incarceration of Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans during WWII, and a conversation on its legacy and ongoing afterlife.

Myth and Monsters in Memoir: Using Folklore to Structure Personal Writing
AWP Conference, March ?, 2022
With Carmen Maria Machado, Jess Zimmerman, and Sofia Samatar
Folklore, fairy tales, and myths persist because they tell us stories about ourselves—where we come from, what we should value, what we should fear. These stories exist to establish the boundaries of what we see as possible, desirable, and laudable. As writers, we can also make use of folklore to define our own stories—whether we embrace the cultural narrative or reject it. The authors on this panel will discuss how to harness mythological figures and tropes to give shape to personal writing.

A Misfit of Ghosts: How Haunted Memoir Rethinks the Real
AWP Conference, March ?, 2022
With Elissa Washuta, J. Nicole Jones, Bruce Owens Grimm, & Steffan Triplett

Haunted memoir unsettles traditional notions of memoir and nonfiction as it engages with ghosts, both metaphoric and actual, to examine what haunts us collectively and individually. In this session, panelists will discuss the various forms hauntings have taken in their work, how haunted memoir pushes against the constraints of normative nonfiction, as well as discuss how they create their ghosts on the page.

A Misfit of Ghosts: How Haunted Memoir Rethinks the Real
NonfictioNOW Conference, December 3-5, 2021
With Elissa Washuta, J. Nicole Jones, Bruce Owens Grimm, & Steffan Triplett

Yōkai Banzai! @ Japanese American Service Committee
August 19, 2021 @ 6:30pm
With Cori Nakamura Lin and Kiyoshi Mino.

A conversation on creative modern interpretations of yōkai by three Chicagoland Japanese American artists. What do yokai signify in today’s culture and climate? What still haunts us today?

Food and Storytelling Workshop @ Eureka Springs Library
June 29, 2021 @ 1pm

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow (WCDH) is pleased to present a workshop for young writers in collaboration with the Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library’s children’s summer program series. What We Feed Ourselves: Food and Storytelling, is instructed by Jami Nakamura Lin, the winner of the WCDH 2020 Real People, Real Struggles, Real Stories fellowship. The workshop is free and appropriate for ages ten through high school. It will follow a free lunch provided to children 18 and under by the Flint Street Food Bank.

Poetluck @ Dairy Hollow
March 18, 2021 @ 6:30pm
Virtual reading for recent fellowship winners with the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow.

Day of Remembrance @ Chicago History Museum
February 16, 2020 @ 2pm
Reading with other members of the Japanese American community in honor of the Day of Remembrance.

What God is Honored Here? Book Launch @ St. Catherine University
October 18, 2019 @ 6pm
With Kao Kalia Yang, Shannon Gibney, Taiyon J. Coleman, Seema Reeza, and Jen Palmares

Join us for the release of this unprecedented literary anthology featuring stories of miscarriage and infant loss by and for Native women and women of color. Read more about the book on the publisher’s website.

What We Feed Ourselves Opening and Community Dinner
@ Moon Palace Books ( Buy tickets here)
August 10, 2019 @ 6pm
With Cori Lin, Anniessa Antar, Isela Gomez, Maryan Abdinur, Christian Alberto Ledesma, and Aarohi Narain.

Cori’s year-long project, entitled “What We Feed Ourselves” explored the nature of food, culture, and authenticity through interviews with five Lake Street restaurant entrepreneurs. Join us to learn what these chefs eat and cook at home with their families, see Cori’s watercolor paintings, and read stories about this food from local writers.

Edited by Jami Nakamura Lin, the What We Feed Ourselves booklet is a vivid compilation of art and narrative and will be available for purchase after the dinner

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