Save the date – LitCrawl 2014!

I will be performing again as part of LitQuake‘s LitCrawl, this time for HYPHEN Magazine.  Also on the bill:  Kenji Liu, Dan Lau, and Maw Shein Win. Here are the details:


Saturday, October 18
7:15 to 8:15pm
The Balm
788 Valencia Street 
San Francisco, CA 94110

The event is free, and part of LitCrawl’s 3 hour crawl across the Mission.  See you there!


Asian Art Museum Poetry reading: Collecting/Collections

I will be performing and presenting on July 18th, 2013 between 6:30-7:30 pm at the Asian Art Museum on the topic of “Collecting”.  My 15-minute piece will span the neurobiology and psychology of collecting and hoarding, and include poetry based on the topic.  This is all part of the Matcha that night, geared towards the AAM’s exhibition of Larry Ellison’s Japanese art collection.  Hope to see you there!

“Healing, Wholeness and Building a Basho in Whoville”

I just gave the Keynote Speech at a College of San Mateo sponsored conference for Mental Health professionals.  I spoke about the importance of love, relatedness and wholeness in therapy – especially contrasting modern technology and poetry.  The final flourish was all courtesy of Matsuo Basho, with Makiko Ueda reading the original Japanese Haiku.

A very enjoyable event!  Thanks for the invitation!  I enjoyed putting together the thoughts that have been rolling around in my head for awhile.

Indivisible at LitCrawl 2012

I’ll be performing in Phase 2 of LitCrawl, part of LitQuake 2012.  I’ll be joining other poets from the Indivisible Anthology of South Asian American Poetry, winner of a Special Recognition Award from the 2011 Northern California Book Critics.

Also performing will be poets Tanu Wakefield and Prapra Sharma, joining Editors Pireeni Sundaralingam, Summi Kaipa and Neela Banerjee.

Saturday, October 13, 2012
Phase 2 7:15-8:15 pm
Bissap Baobab
3372 19th Street, SF
For more details about LitQuake and other events, go to .
Hope to see you there!

Past Events

Here are some events from 2011.  Most recently, I performed with Melody Takata of GenRyu Arts at the Asian American Heritage Celebration on May 19th in San Francisco.

October 15, 2011

11 am to 4 pm

Tsukimi Matsuri (Autumn Moon Viewing Festival)

Music, dancing, poetry and more!


Peace Plaza, Japantown, San Francisco

November 18, 19 and 20, 2011

Fox and Jewel

Dance Mission

3316 24th St.  (24th at Mission St.)

Buy tickets here.

Music, poetry, animation and drama combine for a feast of the senses!  Fox and Jewel is a modern retelling of a Japanese fox myth in support of Japantown.  As San Francisco prepares to redevelop Japantown, fears abound as to what redevelopment will do to the spirit of this vibrant community.  This fun and timely collaboration arose as an expression of community concern.  Featuring taiko artist/dancer/choreographer Melody Takata, poet and writer Ravi Chandra, actor/comedian Todd Nakagawa, shamisen/taiko/jazz artist Tatsu Aoki, composer/jazz artist Francis Wong, Gen Ryu Arts cast, filmmaker Adebukola Bodunrin, and lighting designer Patty Ann Farrell.

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

2 pm

Asian Art Museum

Baat Cheet: A Feast of Talks about Indian Culture

followed by networking over chai and sweets

FREE with museum admission

Ten Bay Area taste-makers give 5 minute presentations about the impact of Indian culture and art on their creative work. From Bollywood to yoga, street food to poetry and art, South Asia has inspired creativity across the world. Speakers include: Pixar animator Sanjay Patel, poet and psychiatrist Ravi Chandra, artist Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, LACMA curator Julie Romain, artist Ranu Mukherjee, musician Cory Combs, India West editor Lisa Tsering, contemporary art collector Dipti Mathur, yoga instructor Monica Desai Henderson, and music and dance professor Nalini Ghuman.