Throughout the world, flowers are timeless symbols of love, of hope, of peace and of resistance. Join six Bay Area poets in a three-part lunchtime poetry series in the Flower Power Lounge as they read works inspired by these timely themes.
Tony Robles is a poet and activist born and raised in San Francisco. His poetry has appeared in many journals and magazines, including Pinoy Poetics and The Asian Pacific American Journal. He is the author of Cool Don't Live Here No More--A Letter to San Francisco, and the upcoming Fingerprints of a Hunger Strike, to be released in October 2017 by Ithuriel's Spear Press. Tony is a nominee and finalist for poet laureate of San Francisco and the current recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission.
Bonnie Wailee Kwong is a poet and playwright who traverses seen and unseen geographies. Her poetry and prose have garnered multiple Pushcart nominations. As artist in residence at Stanford University, she developed 'Liriope,' a theatrical adaptation of the Narcissus myth.
Rhodessa Jones is Co-Artistic Director of the acclaimed San Francisco performance company Cultural Odyssey. She is an actress, teacher, director, and writer. Ms. Jones is also the Director of the award winning Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women and HIV Circle, which is a performance workshop designed to achieve personal and social transformation with incarcerated women and women living with HIV. Rhodessa has just been invited by the prestigious Dartmouth College to be a Montgomery Fellow, conducting lectures and workshops in early Fall 2017.
In December 2016 Rhodessa received a Theater Bay Area Award presented to individuals that have made “extraordinary contributions to the Bay Area theatre community.” In 2014 she received The Sui Generis Achievement Award for “one of a kind contributions, which benefit society in unique ways”. In January 2016 Ms. Jones was hired by the University of California, Berkeley to teach the Black Theater Workshop entitled “Performance: An African American Perspective”. Rhodessa received the Theatre Practitioner Award presented by Theater Communications Group during July 2015. The award recognizes “a living individual whose work in the American theatre has evidenced exemplary achievement over time and who has contributed significantly to the development of the larger field”. To begin 2013 The Office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Art Commission presented the 2013 Mayor's Art Award to Rhodessa Jones, for her “lifetime of artistic achievement and enduring commitment to the role of the arts in civic life”.
Organizer & Sponsors
*Free with Flower Power admission*
Flower Power is organized by the Asian Art Museum. Presentation is made possible with the generous support of Doris Shoong Lee and Theodore Bo Lee, The Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Fund for Excellence in Exhibitions and Presentations, Phoebe Cowles, Warren Felson and Lucy Sun, Cathy and Howard Moreland, and an anonymous donor. Media sponsors: Wall Street Journal, NBC Bay Area, KQED.