Washington, July 30 (Canadian-Media): The 2019 Asian American Literature Festival (AALF), co-hosted by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (SAPAV), along with the Library of Congress (LoC) Poetry and Literature Center and the Poetry Foundation, would be held at the LoC Friday through Sunday, August 2–4, 2019, media reports said.
Library of Congress2019 Asian American Literature Festival. Image credit: smithsonianpa.org
Established in 1997, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (SAPAC) is a migratory museum that shares Asian Pacific American (APA) history, art, and culture through innovative museum experiences online and throughout the U.S through the Smithsonian Institution's work.
SAPAC seeks to improve, through exhibitions, programs, research, and collaboration, the public's appreciation of the roles of APAs in the history of the nation. APAC also empowers APA communities' sense of inclusion into the national culture.
This year's festival's theme, “Care + Caregiving,” focuses on how care and caregiving are reimagined in literature, and how reading and writing, individually and communally, can serve as care practices.
The opening of the AALF at the LoC would be by 'Poet's Peace Breakfast' at Franklin Square Park, Washington (U.S.) 9:00 am on Aug 2, 2019.
Four events hosted by LoC celebrating Asian American literature during the city-wide, three-day festival are listed below:
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM: Novelist Monique Truong gives a personal tour of Asian American literature through a mix of social/intellectual history, anecdotes, and short readings by writers.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM: Poets Jennifer Chang and Cathy Park Hong uncover the work of lesser-known senior poets responsible for shaping Asian American literary culture followed by mini-lectures by readings of poets’ own work inspired by these secret histories.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Poet Arthur Sze gives a personal tour of Asian American literature through a mix of social/intellectual history, anecdotes, and short readings by writers.
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Poets Kazim Ali and Ching-In Chen uncover the work of lesser-known senior poets who importantly shaped Asian American literary culture followed by mini-lectures by readings of poets’ own work inspired by these secret histories.