1215 to 1255 pm, “Chinatown Now”, feat. Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou (Flushing-based actor/performer), Rojo Robles (screenwriter, Your Day Is My Night, dir. by Lynne Sachs), and Herb Tam (curator, Museum of Chinese in the America). An eclectic program, including recitation and singing, which underscores the artistic vitality of NYC’s Chinatowns “holding the power to dream” (Frances Chung).
115 to 2 pm, “Realness & Foundation”, feat. Robyn Hillman-Harrigan (poet and executive director of Shore Soup Rockaway Rescue Alliance Project) and Gina Apostol(author and fundraiser for Kusog Tacloban Mobile Soup Kitchen). Moderated byPrerana Reddy.
230 to 320 pm, “Astoria’s Don1”, feat. Louie Gasparro (artist/author). Official Queens book launch of Astoria-born/raised Gasparro’s vital new biography, Don1, the King from Queens: The Life and Photos of a NYC Transit Graffiti Master, about the compelling life story and riveting photos of the influential NYC style master writer, Astoria’s Don “DON 1 MAFIA” Palatella, and the undocumented BMT subway lines of NYC in 1970′s. Gasparro will read & present photos from his new book, to be followed by a brief Q&A with Sukhdev Sandhu, director of the Colloquium for Unpopular Culture at New York University.
3:30-4:20 pm ”Khonsay: A Poem of Many Tongues” feat. Bob Holman (Bowery Arts+Science) and Steve Zeitlin (City Lore). “Khonsay” (a Boro (N. Indian) word meaning “to pick up something with care as it is scarce and valuable”) is a cento: each line is from a different endangered or minority language. It is a work-in-progress, both as text and film. We will screen the most current version and discuss the poetry as well as the language crisis: half the languages on the planet may be lost in the next 60 years.
430 to 545 pm, “The Queens New York School: Celebrating the Poetry of Joseph Ceravolo & Frank Lima” feat. Kostas Anagnapoulos, Lee Ann Brown, Bob Holman, Suyeun Juliette Lee, Stephanie Gray, Urayoan Noel, & Helen Lima. Two unsung heroes of the New York School, both of whom have roots in Queens, are honored with a reading of their poems by a diverse set of poets based in Queens, the Bronx, and Philly. Joining the poets onstage will be several members of Jo Ceravolo and Frank Lima’s family.