Brynn Saito, photo by Whitney Frank


Generation to Generation, Poet to Poet

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 • 7–8pm

ADMISSION: Free for Members; $10 for general (includes Museum admission)

Join poets in the gallery as they read alongside the art in From Generation to Generation, including Matthew Zapruder, Brynn Saito, Gail Newman, James Cagney, Jen Siraganian, Nguyen Do, Cintia Santana, Tria Blu Wakpa, Robin Ekiss, and Vernon Keeve III.

James Cagney

James Cagney is a poet and writer from Oakland, CA. A Cave Canem and VONA fellow, Cagney has appeared as a featured poet and artist at venues in San Francisco, Vancouver, Chicago, and Mumbai.

Nguyen Do

Nguyen Do's thirteen books include: The Empty Space and New Darkness (Vietnamese Association Writers, 1991, 2009); with Paul Hoover, he edited and translated the Vietnamese poetry anthology Black Dog, Black Night  (Milkweed, 2008), and Nguyen Trai’s poetry in Beyond the Court Gate  (Counterpath, 2010). He received a Poetry Foundation's grant (2005).

Robin Ekiss

Robin Ekiss is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award for emerging women writers, and author of The Mansion of Happiness, winner of the 2010 Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize and a finalist for both the 2010 Northern California and California Book Awards. 

Vernon Keeve III

Vernon Keeve III is a educator in Oakland. Looks for his book Southern Migrant Mixtape to be released with Nomadic Press in early 2017. 

Gail Newman

Gail Newman, a child of Polish Holocaust survivors, was born in a displaced persons' camp in Lansberg, Germany. She lives in San Francisco where she works as a Museum educator for The CJM and as a poet-teacher for California Poets in the Schools. Her poems have appeared in Ghosts of the HolocaustPrairie Schooner, Calyx, and PRISM. A collection, One World, was published in 2011.

Brynn Saito

Brynn Saito is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press and a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Originally from Fresno, CA, Saito lives in Los Altos and teaches and works in San Francisco.

Cintia Santana

Cintia Santana’s work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Michigan Quarterly Review,The Missouri Review, Pleiades, RHINO, Spillway, The Threepenny Review, and other journals. She teaches poetry and fiction workshops in Spanish, as well as literary translation courses, at Stanford University. Santana is the recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo and the Djerassi Resident Artist Program.

Jen Siraganian

Jen Siraganian is a Bay Area poet and author of the chapbook Fracture. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she is the recipient of scholarships from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies such as Best New Poets 2016 (forthcoming), Cream City Review (forthcoming), Mid-American Review, Smartish Pace, Barrow Street, Southwest Review, and Natural Bridge.  

Tria Blu Wakpa

Tria Blu Wakpa is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Ethnic  Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and a graduate of  the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at San Diego State University.  Her poetry frequently focuses on Filipinos and Native Americans’ experiences under U.S. occupation.

Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder is the author most recently of Sun Bear, Copper Canyon, 2014, and Why Poetry, a book of prose about poetry, forthcoming from Ecco/Harper Collins in 2017. An Associate Professor and Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of California, he is also Editor at Large at Wave Books, and Editor of the Poetry Column for The New York Times Magazine. He lives in Oakland, CA.

Image Credits

(header) Brynn Saito photo by Whitney Frank; (bios) Nguyen Do photo by Helen Nguyen; Robin Ekiss photo by Lisa Beth Anderson; Jen Siraganian photo by Chris Hardy; Matthew Zapruder photo by B.A. Van Sise; all other photos courtesy of the poets.