Andrew Lam in conversation with Siel Ju and Brynn Saito

Friday Apr 07 2017   7:00 PM
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DIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes Siel Ju to the store to discuss and sign her novel-in-stories, Cake Time, on Friday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m. Joining her in conversation will be fellow Red Hen Press poets, Brynn Saito and Andrew Lam, both finalists for California Book Awards.

Siel Ju is a Korean American writer who grew up in Kenya and now lives in Los Angeles. Cake Time was the winner of the 2015 Red Hen Press Fiction Manuscript Award. She is also the author of two poetry chapbooks: Feelings Are Chemicals in Transit and Might Club. Her stories and poems have appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Missouri Review (Poem of the Week), The Los Angeles Review, and Denver Quarterly, among others. She holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and is the editor of Flash Flash Click, a weekly email lit zine for fast fiction.

Brynn Saito is the author of The Palace of Contemplating Departure, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press and finalist for the 2013 Northern California Book Award. Her work has been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed; it has also appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Ninth Letter, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Pleiades. Brynn is the recipient of a Kundiman Asian American Poetry Fellowship, the Poets 11 award from the San Francisco Public Library, and the Key West Literary Seminar’s Scotti Merrill Memorial Award. Recently, Brynn served as the Kundiman Writer-in-Residence at Sierra Nevada College. Born and raised in Fresno, California, Brynn currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Andrew Lam is the author of Birds of Paradise Lost, finalist for the California Book Award, Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora, which won the 2006 PEN Open Book Award, and East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres. He was a regular commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered” for many years, and was the subject of a 2004 PBS documentary called My Journey Home. His essays have appeared in newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, The LA Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, The Atlanta Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Mother Jones, and The Nation, among many others. His short stories have been widely taught and anthologized. He lives in San Francisco.

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Andrew LamAndrew Lam is an editor and cofounder of New America Media, an association of over two thousand ethnic media outlets in America. His essays have appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines across the country, and his short stories are anthologized widely. Followed by a film crew back to his homeland, Vietnam, he was featured in the documentary My Journey Home, which aired nationwide on PBS in 2004. His book Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora won a PEN American Beyond Margins award in 2006. Lam currently lives in San Francisco.

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