In Our Own Words: Sri Lankan Women Writers in Conversation

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KSW event

In conjunction with Women’s History Month, Kearny Street Workshop proudly presents In Our Own Words: Sri Lankan Women in Conversation. Women writers from the global Sri Lankan diaspora representing Sinhalese, Tamil, and Bergher ethnicities will read from their body of work, and engage in a panel discussion about craft, process, inspiration, and the role of history and identity in informing their work.

The five featured writers are: Dharini Abeysekera, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Love Cake, Consensual Genocide), Seni Seneviratne (Wild Cinnamon and Winter Skin), Pireeni Sundaralingam(Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry), and Arany Uthayakumar (Teen Poet Laureate of Pleasanton).

A brief audience Q&A portion and book signing will follow. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 27th

5:30 – 7:30 PM

Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A

San Francisco Public Library – Main Branch

Concurrent Program:

“Witnessing War” Poetry Workshop led by Seni Seneviratne

Sunday, March 31
2:00 – 4:00 PM

Arc Studios & Gallery
1246 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

In this half day workshop we will consider the dilemmas and challenges that poets
face when entering the difficult terrain of war and conflict. Is it possible to find the
lyric voice in the face of the trauma of war? How can we avoid polemic and cliché?
How can we write poems with integrity and emotion which also avoid sentimentality?
We will read historical and contemporary poems in response to war and create our
own poems of witness to war.

$5-25 suggested donation
Kearny Street Workshop is the oldest Asian Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization in the country. Offering classes and workshops, salons and student presentations, as well as professionally curated and produced exhibitions, performances, readings and screenings, KSW makes artists out of community members and community members out of artists. For the past 41 years, KSW has nurtured creative spirit, offered an important platform for new voices to be heard, and connected artists with community.

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