The public is invited to attend a party and concert to celebrate the release of a new compilation of work from writer Yuri Kageyama, Monday, Aug. 15, at Yoshi’s in San Francisco.
“The New and Selected Yuri: Writing From Peeling Till Now” was assembled by writer Ishmael Reed, to bring together the works of a Japanese woman who has chosen English as her language of expression to explore the themes of racism, sexuality, identity and family.
A bilingual and bicultural poet and writer born in Japan and raised in Maryland, Tokyo and Alabama, Kageyama’s poetry and fiction underline her bicultural Japanese and American sensibilities for a challenging view of the everyday that debunks cultural stereotypes and lambastes male domination.
“They’ve called Yuri ‘cute’ often during her life. She’s cute all right. Like a tornado is cute. Like a hurricane is cute. This Yuricane,” Reed writes in his introduction. “Her poems critique Japanese as well as American society. The chikan. The arrogance of the gaijin, who, even when guests in a country, insist that everybody be like them. Some are erotic. You might find allusions to Richard Wright, Michelangelo, John Coltrane. Music is not only entertainment but like something that one injects, something that invades the nervous system.”
Kageyama’s works have appeared in literary publications including Y’Bird, Greenfield Review, San Francisco Stories, “On a Bed of Rice,” and “Breaking Silence: an Anthology of Asian American Poets.” Her film “Talking Taiko” (2010), directed by Yoshiaki Tago, documents her readings and thoughts on art and life. She has collaborated in readings with music, visual art and dance, including an Isamu Noguchi exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Yoshi’s San Francisco is located at 1330 Fillmore St. (at Eddy) in San Francisco. Call (415) 655-5600 or visit www.yoshis.com.
Visit the artist’s website at http://yurikageyama.com.