apia spoken word and poetry summit, august 6

Poets and poetry appreciators. Are you going to the 2011 Asian Pacific Islander American Spoken Word Poetry Summit? Two years in the making, the Summit is an inspiring gathering of Asian Pacific Islander American community artists and activists coming together for exploration, dialogue and performance. It's happening August 4-7 in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Here are some more details:
The Summit is a space intended specifically for artists and activists who self-identify as Asian American, Asian, and/or Pacific Islander. These definitions are inclusive of West Asian (Middle Eastern), South Asian, LGBTT and Multi-Racial peoples.

You do NOT have to be a spoken word artist to register! If you are an APIA community member who is interested in arts and activism, you'll love the Summit.

Registration is required for all events except Saturday's show, which we will sell public tickets for. *But* if you register, the cost includes *all* Summit events including Saturday's big show!

Here's what the $25 registration gets you:

*Admission to all three Summit showcases
*Admission to all Summit workshops and plenaries
*Admission to the two after-parties featuring food, wine and beer cash bar, and music by DJ Nak!

The Summit includes workshops, performances, and participation from Lawson Fusao Inada, Brenda Wong Aoki, Joe Kadi, David Mura, Beau Sia, Regie Cabico, Parag Khandhar, Kelly Tsai, YaliniDream, Robert Karimi, Ed Bok Lee, Tou Saiko Lee, Guante, Juliana Hu Pegues, San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Jane Kim, Christy NaMee Eriksen, Catzie and Michelle of Yellow Rage, DJ Nak, Sahra Nguyen, Bao Phi, Giles Li, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, and many, many more.
Dude. That is an impressive list of artists and activists. The theme for this year's Summit is "Moving It Forward, Bringing It Back," and I anticipate that it's going to be pretty damn awesome. For more information about the program and other logistics, go to the Summit website here. And to register, fill out the form here.

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