8:00 PM20:00

Blessed (un)rest

ASHA will be participating and performing at Blessed (un)rest, a festival that brings together around 30 artists working at the intersection of art and social change in different mediums

The event will be located at Dance Mission in San Francisco

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4:00 PM16:00

Seismic Sisters Presents: The World We're Dreaming

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Sunday April 14th, 4-6pm followed by drinks at Alembic

Join us for an incredible evening as Bay Area artists and activists present performances, followed by a panel discussion on creating the world we wish to see through art in social change movements.


Jessica Semaan: Poet and Author of Child of the Moon, www.childofthemoonbook.com/

Juliana Delgado Lopera, Performance Artist and Writer, www.julianadlopera.com

Shmee: Artist, Storyteller and Educator, https://theartofshmee.weebly.com/

ASHA: Artist, Poet and Educator: www.ashapoet.com

The Bindery SF, 1727 Haight St, San Francisco

Tickets: $10 each (but no one turned away for lack of funds)


Juliana Delgado Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer, historian, speaker and performance artist based in San Francisco. The recipient of the 2014 Jackson Literary award she’s the author of Quiéreme (Nomadic Press 2017) and ¡Cuéntamelo! an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latinx immigrants which won a 2018 Lambda Literary Award and a 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award. She's received fellowships from Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts, Lambda Literary Foundation, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and The SF Grotto, and an individual artist grant from the SF Arts Commission. She's the recipient of the 2016 Jeanne Córdova Words Scholarship. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Eleven Eleven, Foglifter, Four Way Review, Broadly, TimeOut Mag to name a few. She’s the creative director of RADAR Productions a queer literary non-profit in San Francisco. www.julianadlopera.com

ASHA is an Artist, Educator, and Revolutionary. Originally from LA, ASHA is currently an 8th grade teacher in San Jose. She is an international poet, striving to use art to create radical change. ASHA has been featured on the cover of Content Magazine, is a feature at many of the prominent poetry events in the Bay Area, as well as active speaker, emcee, and performer at numerous rallies and marches for civil and human rights. ASHA was the focus of a recent short documentary by KQED ARTS. She was given the Hank Hutchins award by the Santa Clara County Alliance of Black Educators for supporting and advocating for black youth. She is actively training educators across California on equitable practices and building student agency. She is certified as a facilitator through Teaching Tolerance. Her dream is to establish her own K-12 school rooted in restorative justice and social justice based standards. ASHA consistently uses her platform to voice out against injustice and to speak up for those who have been marginalized and silenced for centuries. www.ashapoet.com

Shmee, MA is an intermedia artist, storyteller and educator whose work is driven by a commitment to the creative process and the potential it holds for enrichment. In partnership with kind collaborators at non-profit and community arts centers, Shmee offers art-based interventions at public events and alongside therapeutic and rite of passage practices. These programs use mindfulness, embodiment, and creative play for self-inquiry, story weaving and community building. Shmee’s original works have been seen at the Bioneers conference, the conference for the International Association for the Study of Dreams, SF Fringe Festival, Cucalores Film Festival, and Figment Arts, among others. In addition to facilitating original and enchanting programs, Shmee supports higher education through curriculum development as adjunct professor, teaching artist, and administrator. With a BA in Film Studies and an MA in Depth Psychology, Shmee’s passion for storytelling spans from personal narrative to cultural mythology and fosters a commitment to the myriad of tales of our time. https://theartofshmee.weebly.com/

Jessica Semaan is a writer, poet, and performer. Her debut book of poetry, Child of the Moon, was published in early 2019. Jessica finds inspiration in her journey to heal from complex trauma. Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, Jessica currently resides in San Francisco, where she is attending CIIS to become a psychotherapist. Jessica is a top writer on the platform Medium with close to 50,000 followers. Prior to following her authentic path of artist and healer, she attended Stanford Business School and founded The Passion Co., an organization that helps people find and pursue their passions. She is also one of the early Airbnb employees who was involved in building and scaling the hospitality startup. www.childofthemoonbook.com

Presented by Seismic Sisters: Seismic Sisters elevates and celebrates feminist artists and activists who are shaking things up. We amplify the voices of new leaders and rebels who are shifting culture and changing the landscape. We also give space and r-e-s-p-e-c-t to longtime feminist activists who did the groundwork and are still powering on to create a more feminist future. From girls to grandmas, we need each other, feed each other, and work best together. Seismic Sisters is a mix of clubhouse, news site, and think tank where you come to get informed, inspired, and invigorated to go back out into the world. Our epicenter is San Francisco, but our influence will ripple out beyond the Bay Area. www.seismicsisters.com

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5:00 PM17:00



FREE screening of MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.

5-8pm Thursday January 31st
Event is located at the campus center Conference Room A/B


“Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, director Steve Loveridge’s Sundance award winning MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star.”

Food, community, and live performances from South Bay South Asian Activists prior to the screening.

This event is organized by ASHA and sponsored by Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education, Jean Miller Resource Room (JMRR), and the Asian American Studies Department. Funded by DASB Multicultural/Diversity events

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9:30 AM09:30

San José Poetry Festival 2018

The Fourth Annual San José Poetry Festival will celebrate our community's diverse ethnic and cultural heritage with a wide range of topics and literary styles reflected in performances and a small press fair on Saturday October 13th and workshops Sunday October 14th. Safari Kitchen will be serving affordable East African inspired Somali entrees for lunch on Saturday.

a day of readings and performances:
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9am to 5pm

Blessing/Invocation by Kanyon Sayers-Roods (9-9:30am, @ Markham House): she is Costanoan Ohlone-Mutsun and Chumash and also goes by her given Native name, "Coyote Woman". 

Yuki Teikei Haiku Society (9:30-10:20am, @ Renzel Room): 
Alison Woolpert and Karina Young;

Pranita Patel and Aparna Ganguly (10-10:50am, @ Firehouse);

VeteransWrite (10:30-11:20am, @ Renzel Room): 
Dale Barnett, Nick Butterfield, Emilio Gallegos, Jeffrey Leonard, Amy Meier, Doug Nelson, Carol Steele;

Keynote Address (11:30-12:20pm, @ Markham House):
Matthew Zapruder;

Lunch (12:20-1:30pm)

Yosimar Reyes (1:40-2:30pm, @ Firehouse);

Barbara Jane Reyes and Samantha Lê (2:00-2:50pm, @ Renzel Room);

Poet Laureate of East Palo Alto Poetess Kalamu Chaché and San Mateo County Poet Laureate Lisa Rosenberg (2:40-3:30pm, @ Firehouse); 

MK Chavez and Yaccaira Salvatierra (3:00-3:50pm, @ Renzel Room);

Spoken Word (4:00-5:00pm, @ Markham House): 
Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour, Lorenz Dumuk, ASHA, and Kanyon Sayers-Roods;

San José Poetry Slam with special guest Yesika Salgado (7:00-10:00pm @ Cafe Stritch, 374 S. First Street, downtown San José).

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