After a break for the summer, the Writer's Studio is back with luminary poet Brynn Saito, who will talk to us about her second full-length collection, POWER MADE US SWOON, which chronicles the journey of a Woman Warrior figure as well as the writer's own ancestors, who shift from Korea and Japan to Fresno to the Japanese internment camp in Manzanar and back.
If you've never heard of the Writer's Studio before, here's the deal: we're a reading series hosted by Dana Koster and Tri-Chromatic Gallery. As former writing lecturer at Cornell and professional poet, Dana missed the literary discourse and inspiring readings of University life. To recapture that spark, she started the Writer's Studio, a semi-regular series that focuses on one writer and begins with an in-depth interview about that writer's work and life, followed by an intimate reading.
Doors open at 7:00 for wine and snacks and mingling, with book signing and audience Q&A to take place at the end. The Writer's Studio is for non-writers, new writers and seasoned writers alike! Come light up your mind! Come be inspired by the art of writing, the insightful conversation and the incredible gallery space!
Brynn Saito, MA, MFA, is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press and a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She also co-authored, with Traci Brimhall, the poetry chapbook, Bright Power, Dark Peace (Diode Editions, 2016). She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the English Department at California State University, Fresno.
Brynn is a Kundiman Asian American poetry fellow and a two-time recipient of the California State Library’s Civil Liberties Public Education grant for her work with the Yonsei Memory Project (YMP). Founded in 2017 with artist, Nikiko Masumoto, YMP utilizes arts-based inquiry to generate dialogue connecting the WWII incarceration of the Japanese American community with current struggles for justice. In the summer of 2019, Brynn will be an artist-in-residence at the Santa Fe Arts Institute (SFAI) as part of SFAI’s “Truth and Reconciliation” residency program.
Brynn was born and raised in Fresno, California to a Korean American mother and a Japanese American father. Her poetry has been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed; it has also appeared in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Virginia Quarterly Review, among other journals. Brynn holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College (MFA, creative writing), New York University (MA, religious studies), and UC Berkeley (BA, philosophy).