Just back from a trip to San Francisco to participate in APIA (Asian Pacific Islander American) panel on avant garde poets and poetics, with Truong Tran, Jai Arun Ravine, Margaret Rhee, and Eileen Tabios — hosted by Barbara Jane Reyes and Samantha Giles of Small Press Traffic. Of course I’m familiar with Eileen (who was in fine mettle this evening), and really enjoyed getting to know more about the work of the other poet/artists. I also met Robin Tremblay-McGaw of xpoetics.
This country mouse doesn’t get up to San Francisco often, these days, and I have to admit that I miss the incredible creative and innovative energy of the poets and artists of the city where I was born. I plan on going to more readings and art shows there in the future. It’s always inspiring.