Hello beautiful peoples,
As I had mentioned in a previous post, the kick-off to my book tour took place on March 22 at the Asian Arts Initiative. My first solo poetry book, The SHE Book
, is dedicated to a friend of mine who passed away several years ago. Her name was Brenda McMillan, and she had been working on a poetry manuscript entitled She
, hence the reason for choosing the title I did.
My book is a celebration of women--our strength even in the face of seemingly debilitating vulnerabilities and demoralizing experiences, especially in surviving relationships where we may have been subjected to emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical oppression and violence. Some poems also address racial injustices, such as the murder of Fong Lee, the South Philly High assaults, and immigration laws.
What I tried to do with my book is balance the personal and political, explore poetic expression in multiple forms, and attempt to find a way to have my work actively contribute to community building and social justice. Towards that end, the profits from the book are donated to Odanadi, an anti-trafficking organization in Mysore, India that rescues and rehabilitates women and children from human trafficking, sexual slavery, and other forms of modern-day slavery. You can find out more about Odanadi by clicking here
I also plan to raise money from book sales to support Barrio Planta Project, a community-based organization in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, that provides English language instruction as well as arts education to adults and children living in San Juan del Sur. My friend, Kao, and I visited Barrio Planta Project in July 2011 to facilitate poetry and arts workshops for youth, and I miss them. Some of the book sales will help fund our return trip and help us buy school supplies for the kids. Click here to learn more about Barrio Planta Project
I'm excited that the first stop on my book tour will be in Reno, NV!
My good friend, Elizabeth Parawan, and Iain Watson, a founder of Spoken Views Collective, have organized a performance event in which I'm the Spotlight Series Feature Artist on June 6, 2013.
I will also be facilitating a poetry and performance workshop at 6:30pm before the open mic and performance at 7:30pm. Details and flyer below:
DATE: Thursday, June 6, 2013
LOCATION: 140 Vesta Street, Reno, NV
TIME: Poetry Workshop @ 6:30; Performance @ 7:30 (starting with open mic)
COST: $5 (Open mic sign ups get in for free)
The Spoken Views Collective is part of The Holland Project
, a non-profit organization directed towards the youth that promotes art, music, culture, and community building events.
Please check out the Spoken Views website: http://spokenviews.com/
My bio page on the website: http://spokenviews.com/spotlight/g-u-e-s-t-s/upcoming/michelle-myers/
It'll be my first trip to Nevada--Hope to see you!