Museum to Present Three Generations of JA Poetry

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SAN JOSE — “Honoring Ourselves Through Our Writing,” an event featuring three generations of Japanese American poets, will be presented on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, 535 N. 5th St. in Japantown.

Ever wonder what your grandparents, parents, or siblings thought or felt during the internment and its aftermath? Poetry gives voice to what cannot be spoken, distills experiences, and exposes the universality of intimate moments.

Mitsuye Yamada, Ann Muto

Mitsuye Yamada, Ann Muto

Readings from the works of Kenichi Takemoto, Jack Yasutake and “Poets Behind Barbed Wire” set the stage for the special guest, Nisei poet Mitsuye Yamada (“Camp Notes”), founder of Multi-Cultural Women Writers, visiting professor at UCLA and artist-in-residence at San Diego State University, as well as Sansei poets Roger Abe, Stefanie Kaku, and Ann Muto (“Open Passage”).

They will share their poems and the meaning behind them. An audience open mic will close the program.

Event is free with admission to the museum (non-members, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3; JAMsj members and children under 12, free). RSVP required. For more information, email [email protected] or call (408) 294-3138.

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