A monthly literary reading series featuring Bay Area Writing Project Teacher Consultants and other local writers
Bamboo Shoots started informally in 2010 when BAWP teacher consultant Ann Lew and a former student began meeting at a café to write. Soon after journalist Mila De Guzman joined, and the three became a group. Today, Bamboo Shoots includes ten Asian American women writers who meet monthly in San Francisco to write together, share their writing and support each other in revising and editing their work. The writings of this cross-generational group draw on the historical roots of its members’ Chinese, Filipino, Japanese and Taiwanese communities.
Their writings reflect the tensions, conflicts, and hurdles as well as rich veins of humor, irony and joys of both native born and immigrant Asian American women living in this country. Their writings share common themes and truths as seen through the lens of family stories, stories of identity and stories of experiences that shaped them and continue to do so. In addition to Ann and Mila, members include Judy Kawamoto, Freda Lin, Nina Lin, Rowena Marcelo, Jan Matsuoka, Grace Morizawa, Carol Tateishi and Helen Ying.
The Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP) is a collaborative program between the University of California at Berkeley and Bay Area schools, dedicated to improving writing and the teaching of writing at all grade levels and in all disciplines. One of the founding principles of BAWP suggests that the best teachers of writing also write themselves. This monthly reading is a lively and unique place to hear the powerful voices of teachers and other writers in our rich and varied Bay Area communities.
Read our literary journal, Digital Paper, on BAWP’s website at bayareawritingproject.org.
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