Same Difference: Identity, War and Office Politics

Same Difference: Identity, War and Office Politics: a reading of fiction and poetry by Asian American writers Jay Ruben Dayrit and Brian Komei Dempster

Date: June 27th, Friday
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: CCC Gallery, 750 Kearny Street, Third Floor (inside the Hilton Hotel)
Admission: Free

Supported by grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant Program. Refreshments will be served.

Jay DayritJay Ruben Dayrit’s fiction has appeared in several magazines, literary journals and anthologies, including Sycamore Review, Minnesota Review, Santa Clara Review, Nexus, The Yale Quarterly, XY Magazine, Homosex: 60 Years of Gay Erotica (Carroll & Graf), His 2: brilliant new fiction by gay men (Faber & Faber), What Makes a Man: 22 Writers Imagine the Future (Riverhead Books). He is the recipient of grants from the Headlands Center for the Arts and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Originally from Kolonia, Pohnpei in the Federated State of Micronesia, he now lives in San Francisco and works at Wired Magazine.

Brian DempsterBrian Komei Dempster’s poems have appeared in such journals as New England Review, North American Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and Quarterly West. His poetry has been anthologized in Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, & Beyond (W.W. Norton & Company, 2008), Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation (University of Illinois Press, 2004), and Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffee House Press, 2003). He is the recipient of grants from the Arts Foundation of Michigan and the San Francisco Arts Commission and editor of From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America’s Concentration Camps (Kearny Street Workshop, 2001). He teaches at the University of San Francisco.

This presentation brought to you by The San Francisco Arts Commission & The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco.