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Penina Taesali poetry workshop this Wednesday at 2:30

posted Nov 27, 2017, 10:13 AM by Eric Phillips   [ updated Dec 1, 2017, 2:53 PM ]
Published poet, Penina TaesaliI is scheduled for an after school poetry reading and writing workshop on Wednesday, November 29th at 2:30 in the library. Ms. Taesali is the author of Sourcing Siapo, and will be reading several of her poems to us.  She will also be giving a poetry writing workshop.  

From the  "Poetry Foundation" website: Samoan writer, poet, educator, and cultural arts activist Penina Ava Taesali is the author of Sourcing Siapo (2016). For nine years, she worked as artistic director for the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC), where she founded the Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership, Talking Roots Art Collective, a youth arts education organization. During her time at OACC, Taesali also cofounded the Pacific Islander Kie Association, the first and only Pacific Island nonprofit in Oakland, which serves 70 families yearly. She was the cohost for Ohana Open Mike at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland in the mid- to late-1990s and has been a featured poet for the KPFA FM Best Spoken Word Millennium Series. Taesali earned an MFA in writing from Mills College and currently lives in Salem, Oregon.