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WADA Education Event: Asian American & Pacific Islander Poetry Reading

  • 26 Apr 2023
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Tully Levine Gallery at the ArtsXchange, 515 22nd St S, St Petersburg, FL 33712


Our Monthly WADA Education Event:

April 26, 2023

6:30 - 8:00 pm

Tully Levine Gallery

Asian American & Pacific Islander Poetry Reading

This poetry event features Asian Americans' voices from across the Tampa Bay area. The past years have shown us there are many racial biases against Asian Americans. The pandemic perpetuated this racism. The evening features: Avni Vyas, Alexa Stoffer, Yuki Jackson, Ryan Cheng, and moderator Sam Obeid.

Free to WADA Members | $20 for Non-Members

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Please reserve now for this special event. Only those who register online will be able to attend.

We look forward to you joining us

This event is a WADA Member Benefit

presented by the WADA Education Committee.


Check out the bio's of the poets featured at the event:

Yuki Jackson is a Black and Japanese poet and educator. Her poetry has been published in literary journals such as Four Way Review and Cream City Review, for which she was nominated for a 2021 Best of the Net Award and the 2020 Summer Poetry Prize. Yuki's writing and text-based art has also been featured by NPR Next Gen, Spady Cultural Heritage Museum and the Goodwin-Procter law firm. Her work as an arts educator includes being the founder of The Battleground, a youth program serving a historically marginalized community in Tampa, Florida. She is also a co-founder of the Florida Local Artists and Writers Network (FLAWN). For more on her work, check out YukiJackson.com.

Ryan Cheng is a poet from Northern California. He holds an MFA from the University of South Florida. He has been awarded AWP's Intro Journals Project Award for Poetry, the Bettye Newman Poetry Award, and first place in USF’s Humanities Institute Annual Poetry Contest judged by Jorie Graham.His poems have appeared in Quarterly West, Sweet, The Ignation, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Tampa, Florida where he teaches both professional and technical writing and creative writing courses at USF.

Alexa Stoffer was adopted from China when she was two. She is now 21 years old and has been writing poetry for almost five years. Poetry began as an outlet for her, and it’s transformed into a way for me to share her story. 

Avni Vyas is the author of Little God (Burrow Press 2021), and the chapbooks Far from Glorious Feeling (TOA 2021) and co-author of Candy In Our Brains (CutBank 2014). Her poetry and nonfiction can be found in journals such as Grist, Meridian, Arts and Letters, and others. She serves as a poetry editor at The Offending Adam. She teaches writing at New College of Florida.

Moderator of the discussion after the reading:

Sam(ira) Obeid is an internationally renowned spoken word poet, a reputed educator on intersectionality, systemic discrimination and resistance and a local activist.A masculine performing, Indian lesbian raised Hindu on her mother’s side and Muslim on her father’s side, Sam moved to the U.S. in 2007 earning her second and third masters in Multimedia Journalism and Women’s & Gender Studies. 

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