From a young age, I had a passion for questions. For exploring the tense magics of our world. Why inequity and injustice exist. Perhaps these questions found seed because I came to the U.S. as an immigrant or because I have grown up amongst a world of women.
From this genesis, I continue the quest for social transformation & justice through two primary vehicles: advocacy for social justice and as a social practice artist & writer, predominantly of poetry and articles.
I have a 20-year track record furthering equity, safety, and opportunities for underserved communities — especially via coalition-building to drive change from diverse constituents. As part of my community change work, I served as the Executive Director of an anti-violence organization and made possible holistic services, innovative films, and concrete language access policy change.
In recent years, I have kindled beauty & change through the civil rights community-based poetry project, Together We Are New York: Asian Americans Remember and Re-Vision 9/11, the creative expression & healing workshop Movement to Power, and through public poetry performances at anti-violence gatherings. I have an award-winning book of poetry, Terrain Tracks, a new chaplet Dark Lip of the Beloved: Sound Your Fiery God-Praise, and I am currently working on creative collaborations with visual artist Anjali Deshmukh. I am a 2016-17 LMCC Workspace Resident and currently serve as a contributing editor to Aster(ix) and a board member of The Poetry Project.
May we together encounter poetry as change and change as poetry.
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Thank you for forewording beauty!