LOS ANGELES—Edo artist Nagasawa Rosetsu painted the image of a small fluffy puppy resting on a gigantic bull, proving that two seemingly incongruous figures can co-exist in harmony. In the same way, this event by Visual Communications facilitates a conversation between published writers who normally don’t sit together but actually have intersecting experiences. Moderated by author Naomi Hirahara, BULL & PUPPY will investigate what “uncommon” authors may have in common. A poetry reading opens the session, which will end with a quick writing prompt for all attendees. On Tuesday, May 14, join a conversation about walking through our past and present. A UC Berkeley professor translates a 1920s itinerant laborer’s serials, a poet searches for Little Tokyo, and a journalist explores the past with a camera.
- Lynell George, Los Angeles memoirist and photographer of After/Image and daughter of LAPD beat cop who walked Weller Street in the 1960s
- Andrew Way Leong, UC Berkeley professor and translator of Lament in the Night, two serials published in the 1920s by The Rafu Shimpo and a small press in Little Tokyo
- Amy Uyematsu, poet of numerous collections, including 30 Miles from J-Town
- Flash writing workshop (led by Amy Uyematsu)
Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 7:30 pm 341 E 1st Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
Presented by Visual Communications, CENTERING THE MASSES is a series of free pop-up events and programs at 341 FSN, in the heart of Los Angeles Little Tokyo’s historic district. This nine-week series running from April 5th to May 30, 2019 will bring together artists, cultural workers, entertainment professionals, and civic personalities to celebrate and explore all the ways that motion pictures and media artworks impact our lives. Through intimate conversation, screenings, and visual art presentations, this project will be a space to address the current realities of a community that sits at the crossroads of shifting racial, generational, and economic conditions.
Free admission. Capacity is limited. Informal seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
Click here for a downloadable calendar of all the events.
This project is supported by a Humanities for All Quick Grant.