2017 Series


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); 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.


Media Partners




CIELO galleries/studio
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
Kate Maruyama
Jeff Rogers
Janine Lim
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
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
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
Zoe Blaq
James Evert Jones
Cat Manning
Laura Michet
Omowale Oniyide
Paisley Smith
Alejandro Quan-Madrid
Far East Lounge
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 Parra Sabaúd
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)
Wav Refikt
Little Dinosaur
Runson Willis III
Searius Addishin
Natashia Deón
David Rocklin
Jill Rosenthal
Olivia Samad
Daniel A. Olivas
Stephanie V. Yu
Carolina Rivera
Marquitta Lloyd
Michelle Williams
Bryan Maldonado
Alex Espinoza
Charlie Becker
Aubry Osborn
Nadia Hunter Bey
Angela Franklin
Richard Carranza
Jessica Gallion
Lida Parent-Harris
Melissa Chadburn
Kristina Wong
Dorothy Fortenberry
Micah Kaguya
Lauren Moon
Taylor McDaniel
Taylor McGill
Regis Armani Peeples
Calvin Walds

Shades & Shadows
Tiffany M. Hobbs
Buggsy Capri
Daour Ndoye
Las Lunas Locas
Anabel Granados
Kim Pistilli
Lilia Lukowsky
Mariella Sanchez
MujerAgua Luna aka Nancy Olmos
Sandra Gutierrez
Sophia Rivera
Naomi Hirahara
George Abe
Sunny Seki
Joseph Rios
The Escondite
Sherri L. Smith
Jennifer Brody
Scott Andrew Selby
Allia Sadeghipour
Brielle McCain
Jon McConnell
Audrey Kuo
Charif Shanahan
Vanessa Angélica Villareal
Sara Borjas
Morgan Parker
Muriel Leung
Vickie Vértiz
Austin Antoine
Monty J. McNair
Post & Beam
Michael Datcher
Yun-Sook Navarre
Lynne Thompson
Julayne Elle
Jesse Atlas
Beresford Bennett
Angela Brown
Ray Ford
Alethea Jones
Tamika Lamison
Bobby London
Jenny Yang
Lianne Lin
Other Books
Emile Poiree
Isabel Quintero
Juan Luis Guzmán
Melissa Hidalgo
Monique Mitchell
Ebony McCaskill
Juan Bueno
Semaj Earl
Jay Steven Carter
Ivan Anderson
Floyd Brinkley
Donald Conkrite
Dario Serrano
Jackie Hymes
Jane Engleman
Katherine Schneider
Obed Silva
Danielle Perez
Jervey Tervalon
Désirée Zamorano
Maxine Nunes
Carlos Allende
Victor Garcia
Max Brennan
Tananarive Due
Michael Gonzales
Gina Ruiz
Gloria Enedina Alvarez
Tchise James
Pam Ward
Anne-Marie Kinney
Sara Finnerty Turgeon
Lynell George
Siel Ju
Daniel Jose Ruiz
Oscar Sagastume
Allison Conner
Seoul Sausage Company


2014 Series