Brian Komei Dempster

Brian Komei Dempster is a Sansei (third-generation Japanese American). He received BAs in American ethnic studies and English from the University of Washington and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan. His poems have been published in various journals and anthologies. Dempster is the editor of From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America’s Concentration Camps, which received a 2007 Nisei Voices Award from the National Japanese American Historical Society. His debut book of poems, Topaz, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in fall 2013.  He is a professor of rhetoric and language and a faculty member of Asian Pacific American studies at the University of San Francisco.  Currently, he divides his time between teaching and serving as Director of Administration for the master of arts program in Asia Pacific studies. Read more on his website.

Past Events

Making Home from War authors and editor at SF Main Library

Wednesday Oct 03 2018   6:00 PM
SF Public Library  100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA  map

Writing Family Stories wtih Sansei author Brian K. Dempster

Saturday Apr 12 2014   1:00 PM
East Bay Free Methodist Church  5395 Potrero Ave., El Cerrito, CA  map

Bernal Yoga Literary Series with Brian Komei Dempster

Saturday Apr 05 2014   8:00 PM
Bernal Yoga Literary Series  908 Cortland Ave., San Francisco, CA  map

The Power of Our Stories: The Fight for Civil Liberties in the Japanese American Community and Beyond

Sunday Jan 05 2014   2:00 PM
Santa Cruz Public Library  224 Church St., Santa Cruz, CA  map

Japanese Imprisonment and Resettlement: The Power of Our Intergenrational Stories

Wednesday Nov 06 2013   6:00 PM
San Francisco Main Library, Latino Room  100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA  map

Intergenerational Reading and Presentation by Paul Okimoto and Brian Komei Dempster

Sunday Oct 27 2013   3:00 PM
Eastwind Books of Berkeley  2066 University Ave., Berkeley, CA  map

Making Home from War: Foster City Library

Saturday May 26 2012   11:30 AM
Foster City Library  1000 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA  map

Making Home from War: Topaz

Wednesday May 16 2012   6:00 PM
San Francisco Public Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room  100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA  map

Making Home from War: USF

Tuesday Mar 20 2012   5:00 PM
University of San Francisco, Fromm Hall, Berman Room  2130 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA  map

Contra Costa JACL Installation Luncheon

Sunday Feb 26 2012   3:00 PM
Cape Cod Restaurant  1150 Solano Ave., Albany, CA  map

Making Home from War: Berkeley

Sunday Nov 13 2011   3:00 PM
Eastwind Books  2066 University Ave., Berkeley, CA  map

Making Home from War: Pacific Northwest Tour-Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Sunday Oct 09 2011   2:00 PM
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center  121 NW 2nd Ave., Portland, OR  map

Making Home from War: Pacific Northwest Tour-Elliott Bay Book Co.

Saturday Oct 08 2011   2:00 PM
Elliott Bay Book Co.  1521 - 10th Ave., Seattle, WA  map

Making Home from War: Pacific Northwest Tour-Blaine United Methodist Church

Friday Oct 07 2011   7:30 PM
Blaine United Methodist Church  3001 - 24th Ave. South, Seattle, WA  map

Making Home from War

Tuesday May 24 2011   18:00:00
SF Main Public Library  , San Francisco, CA  map

Making Home from War in San Jose

Saturday Apr 16 2011   15:00:00
Yu-Ai-Kai  , San Jose, CA  map

Film/Book Talk: Making Home from War and the SF International Asian American Film Festival

Tuesday Mar 15 2011   14:00:00
National Japanese American Historical Society  , San Francisco, CA  map

Launch Party!

Sunday Feb 27 2011   16:00:00
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California  , San Francisco, CA  map

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