Join us for a special evening focusing on Pacific Islander communities and culture. This event will feature a welcome ceremony by members of the local Ohlone community, performances by local Samoan youths about what it means to be Samoan in California, songs by musician Tiana Tufono, and a reading by poet Tusiata Avia. A potluck dinner will follow the event; guests are invited to share a dish. Free and open to the public.
ABOUT THE POET:
Tusiata Avia is a Samoan-New Zealander poet, performer, and writer. She has published three books of poetry: Wild Dogs Under My Skirt, Bloodclot, and Fale Aitu/Spirit House, and two children’s books, Male and the Massage and The Song. Her one-woman theater show (also called Wild Dogs Under My Skirt) toured internationally from 2002 to 2008 and will be presented again in 2016 as a play for six actors. Tusiata has held a number of writers’ residencies and awards, including a Fullbright Pacific Artist Fellowship at the University of Hawai’i and the Janet Frame Literary Trust Award. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her daughter, Sepela, and teaches Creative Writing and Performing Arts at Manukau Institute of Technology.