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Dec.05.2012
NOTE: The formatting in this entry is weird. I've edited and reposted at least six times. Sorry for the weird spacing, etc.  I haven't bl(ah)gged for a year. It's been a year. The gentle Seni Seneviratne, poet and singer, tagged me in The Next Big Thing, which is a meme (?). I don't know these...
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Aug.25.2011
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When I was an undergraduate at Vanderbilt in the early 90's, I let Jesus' people convince me I was to be pitied. I needed forgiveness and mercy and a special dispensation. I was "struggling" with my sexuality.  Next Thursday, September 1, I'll return to my alma mater and read from my debut...
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Aug.24.2011
Here's a mini-review by Craig Santos Perez.
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Jun.27.2011
Lady Day
Here's the first REVIEW of Mad for Meat!
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May.05.2011
I'm exceedingly proud of the poets and poems that make Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality, forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press this October. I'm the editor and can't express the gratitude and overwhelming sense of belonging and pride I feel when engaging...
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May.01.2011
Please forgive this entry's title. I'm not sure what I have to say here. A Different Light, the gay bookstore in the Castro, just closed. The one in West Hollywood closed last year (I think). Independent bookstores have been closing for years due to a variety of reasons we all know. I won't get...
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Apr.18.2011
Dance. At its best, I'm amazed by how the form expresses itself. And jealous. As a musician and poet, I'm mostly unable to express as impactfully as a dancer extending an arm upward or brandishing a loosened torso. So much meaning has been inscribed on words and music. It's nearly impossible to...
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Feb.23.2011
This has something to do with my writing, which is why I'm linking it to Red Room.
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Dec.20.2010
Boy in Blue (image by Andre Lambertson)
I've teamed up with Kwame Dawes once again. Voices from Haiti combines Kwame Dawes' poetry, my music and Andre Lambertson's photography to illuminate Haiti and her people. Like the Emmy Award-winning site Hope: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica, it's another Pulitzer Center commission that...
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Nov.11.2010
Sankai Juku "Hibiki"
A Japanese friend named her first son Hibiki ("resonance"). It's one of my favorite Japanese words. Sankai Juku's "Hibiki" astounded me tonight at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, perhaps my favorite space for dance in the San Francisco Bay area. I won't attempt to write about...
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Nov.11.2010
Sankai Juku "Hibiki"
A Japanese friend named her first son Hibiki ("resonance"). It's one of my favorite Japanese words. Sankai Juku's "Hibiki" astounded me tonight at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, perhaps my favorite space for dance in the San Francisco Bay area. I won't attempt to write about...
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Oct.16.2010
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I hope you can come out & hear us poets! CHANGED: Poetry You Can Believe In (A Post-Election Campaign) 7pm, Wednesday, November 3featuring Kevin Simmonds, Debbie Yee, devorah major, Jai Arun Ravine, Carolyn Ho, Jennifer Hasegawa, Arisa White & Anhvu Buchanan I-Hotel868 Kearney Street San...
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Oct.15.2010
PANK
Four poems from my San Francisco Arts Commissioned work, feti(sh)ame, are out today in PANK. This issue features queer writers. I'm happy to see more of these poems out in the world. jubilat is soon to come out with its next issue which will include "Uncut," another poem from feti(sh)ame.
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Aug.13.2010
Orient
ORIENT, an outgrowth of my site huggingasians.com, is in development and getting support. CounterPULSE, Oakland Asian Cultural Center and Eth-Noh-Tec are supporting the work alongside poets like Brenda Hillman, Ellen Bass, Evie Shockley and Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown. We're...
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Jul.31.2010
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PLEASE visit Kickstarter to learn about my new project ORIENT. It's all about creating a new anthropology for Asians and Blacks in this country.
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