Join us in celebrating the publication of Mia Ayumi Malhotra’s debut collection, Isako Isako, winner of the 2017 Alice James Award. Part memoir and part family mythology, Isako Isako traces the lives of four generations of Japanese and Japanese American women to explore the chilling legacy of cultural trauma—internment, mass displacement, and rampant racism—in the United States. “By turns delicate and anguished, the poems ask how one can recover—and recover from—experiences that are not one’s own. Donning an ancestor’s kimono a single time, Malhotra acknowledges its strangeness: ‘I rewrap the garment believing a new / grammar may be necessary.’ ” (Publisher’s Weekly)
This launch event will feature readings and a conversation between Mia Ayumi Malhotra and Pimone Triplett, who is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Washington and Mia’s longtime mentor.
Mia Ayumi Malhotra is a fourth-generation Japanese American and the recipient of fellowships from Kundiman and the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop. She holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from the University of Washington, and her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Indiana Review, The Greensboro Review, Best New Poets, and DISMANTLE: An Anthology of Writing from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop. She was raised in Laos and Thailand and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.