From a young age, I had a passion for questions. For exploring the tense magics of our world. Why such things as inequity and injustice exist. Perhaps these questions arose because I came to the U.S. as an immigrant or because I have grown up amongst a world of women.
I now have a 20-year track record promoting initiatives that further equity, safety, and opportunities for underserved communities — especially via coalition-building to drive change from diverse constituents. In 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, and through public poetry performances at anti-violence gatherings. I also have an award-winning book of poetry, Terrain Tracks, and I am currently working on collaborations with visual artist Anjali Deshmukh.
My quest for poetry as change and change as poetry continues. I hope you too will take part in the miracle.
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Thank you for forewording beauty!