People

Organizers


Chiwan Choi is the author of 3 collections of poetry, The Flood (Tía Chucha Press), Abductions (Writ Large Press), and The Yellow House (Civil Coping Mechanisms). He wrote, presented, and destroyed the novel Ghostmaker throughout the course of 2015. He is also Editor at the arts and culture blog, Cultural Weekly. Chiwan is a partner at Writ Large Press, a LA based indie publisher, focused on using literary arts to resist, disrupt, and transgress.


Judeth Oden Choi is a researcher, writer and educator. As a PhD student at the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon, she brings her experience in theatre and community arts to HCI, focusing on social justice activism on Twitter, games and VR, and embodied design methods. She has 20 years of teaching experience and over a decade as program director and writing mentor at Will Power to Youth, Shakespeare Center LA. She is a partner at Writ Large Press.


traci kato-kiriyama is an award-winning artist, community organizer, and cultural producer;  educator and springtime Teaching Artist-in-Residence for Grand Park; Artist-in-Residence for NeighborWorks America;  Steering Committee member of VigilantLOVE, Nikkei Progressives and Okaeri Nikkei LGBTQ network;  Director/Co-Founder of Tuesday Night Project (recognized by USA Today and LA Weekly for their Tuesday Night Cafe art+community flagship series, currently in its 19th year – making TNC the longest-running Asian American mic series in the country).

Alongside community partner NCRR (Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress), she and PULLproject Ensemble partner, Kennedy Kabasares, are in the second stage of development for their stage play Tales of Clamor – which explores the science of sound, the Model Minority stereotype, and the 1981 CWRIC Hearing film footage (that broke silence in the Japanese American comm. nearly 4 decades after the mass incarceration during WWII) as a case study in their exploration of compounded silence & collective noise on the path to creating change and getting people to “show up” now.

For over the last 20 years, tkk has toured to hundreds of venues throughout the nation as a performer/actor, writer, theatre deviser, educator, speaker, facilitator, emcee, cultural producer and artist-in-residence.

As an author for Writ Large Press, traci continues to transform the manuscript for her next book project, which they looks forward to release in 2018.  Her writing and commentary have been featured in numerous print and online publications including The Coiled Serpent anthology (Tia Chucha Press); Elle.com for Melissa Harris-Perry; The Hollywood Reporter; The Rafu Shimpo; An Eye For An Eye Makes The Whole World Blind (Regent Press); Open Doors: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry (Chapparal Canyon Press).

 

Skira Martinez was born in Los Angeles, spent her childhood living off the land in a remote region of Ontario, Canada, and most of her adulthood living in Toronto, Canada, before returning to LA eight years ago. She is a visual artist, poet/story teller and activist/organizer. Skira is co founder of Corazon Del Pueblo, Liberation School Los Angeles, The Blk Grrrl Book Fair and the owner of Cielo galleries/studios in Historic South Central LA, where she holds and shares space centered on Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Planting seeds of resistance, supporting and joining with peoples who are actively doing the same, Skira hosts various educational and artistic situations that challenge white supremacy/anti-Blackness, hetero normative practices/theories, capitalism and patriarchy. She has shared her poetry and stories at various open mics and featured as a reader at Beyond Baroque, Speak It Easy, Flowers of Fire, Los Angeles Central Library, Val Verde Music & Cultural Celebration and La Palabra.

 

Peter Woods has contributed close to two decades of service as a one of LA’s most prolific producers, with events ranging from music and culture to education and literary arts in a wide range of unique venues. His productions reflect a need to address the shortage of creative events accessible to the community as displayed by his work with Quality Collective, a grass roots movement created in 2000 with a manifesto to create alternative stages, increase visibility for artists of color and offer free art and culural programs to the public. As the Event Director of The Last Bookstore in downtown LA from 09-14, he was instrumental in helping the bookstore become a cultural hub, with both the LA Times and a Flavorwire listing it as one of the 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World.  After executive producing a sold-out run of the play “A Record of Light”, Peter joined forces with The Roots and Wings Project, bringing his experience and expertise to the role of Development Director.  Currently a partner of Writ Large Press, Peter’s interests are firmly planted in the intersection of culture, social justice and community.

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Collaborators

Kate Maruyama

Avenue 50 Studios

Tuesday Night Project

Little Tokyo Service Center

Sustainable Little Tokyo

Solidarity House

Grand Performances

Annenberg Beach House

City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs

Naomi Okuyama

ArtShare LA

Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

Amy Uyematsu

tk lê

Form follows Function

Sean Miura

Daniel Ho

Alison De La Cruz

Kristin Fukushima

DJ LOMO on the radio

Matt Sedillo

Brian Dunlap

Irene Monica Sanchez

Ashaki M. Jackson

Kyle “Verbs” Guy

Ben Caldwell

Teresa Mei Chuc

Jeff Rogers

Kevin Kataoka

Janine Brito

Tamra Brown

Wolf & Crane

Nathalie Sanchez

Lina Lecaro

Désirée Zamorano

Laura House

Michelle Williams

Loretta McCormick

Julia Callahan

Dez Hope

F. Douglas Brown

The Six Shooters

Sondria Malika Casey

Toni Tee & Liquid Wisdom

Miranda Bowden

Ivan Robles

Raul Baltazar

Pablo Damas

Los Angeles Theatre Center

Joseph Rios

Miranda Tsang

Mike Sonksen

Luivette Resto

Alana de Hinojosa

Civic Center Studios

Rhea Tepp

Paradise Khanmalek

LA Zine Fest

Bianca Barrigan

Rocío Carlos

Rachel McLeod Kaminer

Bridgette Bianca

Ana Chaidez

Rebecca Lee

Amanda Wang

Tía Chucha Press

Harold Terezón

Susan Aguilar-Marcelo

Iris de Anda

William A. Gonzalez

Cynthia Guardado

GusTavo Adolfo Guerra Vásquez

Adolfo Hernández

Rossana Perez

William Archila

Miya Iwataki

Irene Suico Soriano

Claudia Rodriguez

Mitsuru Sushi & Grill

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)

Tanzila Ahmed

Ramy El-Etreby

Naazneen Diwan

Khadija Anderson

Kirin Khan

Karimi Robert

Tom Earl

Azeem M. Khan

Sahar Pirzada

Neelanjana Banerjee

Art Currim

Zawar Jafri

Azeem M. Khan

Ruman Kazi

Iram Parveen Bilal

Mark Gonzales

Prof. Najeeba Syeed

Youssef Kromah

Los Angeles Tenants Union

Jessica Ceballos y Campbell

Alan Nakagawa

Michael Massenburg

Robin Grearson

Casa Solidaria del Sur/Solidarity House of the South

Dreamers of South Central LA

Beth Schacter

Bronwyn Garrity

Chuck Hayward

Grace Lee

Josie Huang

Jin Yoo-Kim

Biergarten

Dryland

Ana Ureña

Maritza Ocampo

Nikolai Garcia

Angel Avila

Erika Ayon

Daniel Morales Leon

Daniel Perez

Michael Anthony Reyes

Ingrid Calderon

Rebecca Gonzales

Gia Scott Heron

Brand B

Restlust

Mahi Gato

The Tissues

Dae Jung

Grace Lee

Grandma Kim

Freedom Sounds

Sean Pessin

Gina Alexandra

Katherine Agard

Kim-Anh Schreiber

Adam Leipzig

Kima Jones

Sarah Filley

Ruben Guevara

Steph Cha

Genna Gardini

Lerato Leilah Sello

Louise Westerhout

Ashley Makue

Vusumuzi Dalisto Mpofu

James Evert Jones

Cat Manning

Laura Michet

Omowale Oniyide

Paisley Smith

Alejandro Quan-Madrid

Skryb Anu

Writers Lab (Long Beach)

Amanda Choo Quan

Román Luján

Marco Antonio Huerta

Jacqueline Young

Mehtab Kaur

Dania Ayah Alkhouli

Zosimo Quibilan, Jr

Hiram Sims

Terry Wolverton

Stephanie Para

Susan Park

Women Who Submit

Edxi Betts

Timothy DuWhite

J Mase III (awQward)

Randa Jarrar

Rachelle Yousuf

Laila Lalami

Stephanie Abraham

Conner Habib

Jennifer Jajeh

The Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI)

PEN USA

Kristina Wong

Anne-Marie Kinney

Sara Finnerty Turgeon

Lynell George

Shades & Shadows

Tiffany M. Hobbs

Lauren Candia

Xach Fromson

Janice Lee

Michael J. Seidlinger

Zoë Ruiz

 

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