The Diasporic Vietnamese Artist Network (DVAN) and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) present the Third San Francisco Vietnamese American Poetry & Art Festival, a premiere showcase for Vietnamese American writers and artists. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 28 at the African American Arts and Culture Complex from 7-9 pm.
Hosted by Andrew Lam (NPR commentator), the festival features nationally recognized writers and artists from around the United States. They include spoken word artists Bao Phi (National Poetry Slam finalist), Fong Tran and Sahra Vang Nguyen; legendary poet Nguyen Do with Paul Hoover, and famed writers Andrew Pham (“Catfish and Mandala”) and Aimee Phan (“We Should Never Meet”). Bao Phi will be reading from his new book of poem Song I Sing and Aimee Phan from her new novel The Reeducation of Cherry Truong. The program will conclude with a performance by Cai Luong artist Quang Chanh.
A reception will follow the reading featuring artworks by Binh Danh, Christine Nguyen, Truong Tran, Trinh Mai and Khoi Nguyen.
Cost: $10 for students and $15 for general public
Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC), founded in 1996, supports and produces multi-disciplinary art reflective of the unique experiences of Asian Pacific Islanders living in the United States. DVAN, an epicenter of professional Vietnamese American artists, writers, and academics, aims to promote artists from the Vietnamese Diaspora.
The festival is hosted and sponsored by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, the Diasporic Vietnamese Artist Network and co-sponsored by the Cesar E. Chavez Institute and the Asian American Studies Department at SF State University.
Check out some of the hosts and performers below:
Sahra Vang Nguyen