Fresh Off the Starships – Diasporic Asian Narratives

Hmodern Hmong & Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) is celebrating their 40th Year Anniversary during Asian Heritage Month with Fresh Off the Starships – Diasporic Asian Narratives.

Location: San Francisco Public Library – Main, Koret Auditorium
Address: 100 Larkin St, San Francisco
When: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM


I’ll be headlining along with Bryan Thao Worra, Lauren Andrei, and Hauntie!


Chhori: Mummy Yo Mhyah – Holding on for Dear Life

This photo was taken at a performance of Chhori at Dear Mother at San Pablo Gallery in March 2018. Actors seen are Diana Li (left), and Erina Alejo (right).

Chhori: Mummy Yo Mhyah – Holding on for Dear Life, 2018

When my mother moved to America she brought two suitcases filled with shoes, clothes, sarees, and jewelry. Objects not included: How to Raise an American Daughter. Chhori: Mummy Yo Mhyah – Holding on for Dear Life is a process zine modeled after the language and conception typified in Yoko Ono’s conceptual art book Grapefruit. By replicating the Fluxus attitude and language of scores and instructions, Chhori, explores the magical realism of hyphen American mother-daughter relationships with humor. It asks — in the disorientation of diaspora, what do we pass down to our children? By stripping the complicated, transnational identity construction of diaspora to the lowest common denominator of most basic interactions, Chhori documents how the liminal world of gestures replicates larger contemporary Nepalese matrilineal of care and renegotiations of hegemonic cultural scripts.

This zine explores themes of Queerness, Sexuality, Arranged Marriage, Formation of Community, Destruction of Community, Abstinence, Dating, Womanhood, Hospitality, Respectability politics, Consumerism, Guilt and nonverbal communication. Additionally, this zine serves as a manual, documenting what’s already been lived through while describing the potential for time travel, space travel, and the exploration of the perhaps, leaving room for something wild to occur.


2018          Dear Mother, San Pablo Gallery, San Pablo, CA


2018          Dear Mother, San Pablo Gallery, San Pablo, CA


poetry in a living room (autumn 2017 edition)

🌗 Join us for an evening of poetry, spoken word, and other art forms as we welcome the midst of autumn. 🌗

— Spike Dougherty
— Zach Goldberg
— Lisa Pradhan
— Maya Sisneros

⭐ SPIKE DOUGHERTY is a young k9 poet & collaborator living in Oakland. Find work at Email projects to Pick up multimedia collaboration Fields, Rituals & Distance on Oct 21st.

⭐ ZACH GOLDBERG is a North Carolina-born writer, performer, and educator. A student of the Page Meets Stage movement, his work navigates issues of family, identity, and history. Zach’s manuscript “XV” was a finalist for the 2017 Bird’s Thumb chapbook prize and is forthcoming in one formor another. Catch him in in Oakland, where he lives with a motley crew of 13 adults and 2 toddlers, or San Francsico, where he works as a theatre arts administrator.

⭐ LISA PRADHAN is a Nepalese-American writer and multimedia artist. Lisa’s poetry explores themes of nostalgia, heartbreak and loss, delving into the anxieties and tensions underpinning moments of pause in life. Recently, Lisa collaborated with the Buddhist Peace Fellowship for its project on Asian-American Buddhists and has previously written and spoken at Smith College about Nepalese diasporic studies. Currently, Lisa is involved with KSW’s APAture Performance Art General Planning Committee and the API artist collective, Appendix.

⭐ MAYA SISNEROS is an Oakland-based writer whose poetry and fiction chronicle identity, alienation, and lines of f/light. Maya has performed for Quiet Lightning and Get Lit, and her non-existent chapbook’s been in the making since for-e-ver.


PRESENT TENSE (previously known as “ABLESEA”) is a living room art/community space located on the border of Oakland and Berkeley. Established in the fall of 2016, the space has featured local Bay Area artists in exhibitions related to the topics of ‘Resistence’ and ‘Progress’.

The apartment is located on the third floor of a complex. Unfortunately, there is no elevator in this complex 🙁 This building admittedly has very poor accessibility.