Sunday: Flash Fiction/NonFiction Writing Workshop on Ekphrasis [Adult] 12/04/2022 11:00 AM – 01:30 PM ET
Location West Windsor Arts Center 952 Alexander Rd. West Windsor, NJ 08540
Description The definition of ekphrasis is “the use of detailed description of a work of visual art as a literary device.” Writers should bring in a meaningful photo of someone they will write about in the workshop. It can be a family member, a historical person, or even a photo of themselves. This is a flash writing workshop, so writers will be creating a 500 word or less piece by the end of the workshop, which will be critiqued and shared in the class.
A reminder that the Collingswood Book Festival is indeed happening tomorrow! The weather gods have thrown a little fit, so due to the rain, the festival will move to the high school. From the website:
Due to the weather forecast for this Saturday, October 1, the festival will be held at Collingswood High School, 424 Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ. Enter through the high school gym building on Eldridge Ave. If you’re not vaccinated for COVID, mask up!
I almost can’t believe I’m typing these words, but folks, I’ll be at the Jersey City Free Public Library next Saturday, 5/22/2021, at 2pm. Like physically. Like I will drive and park and walk over to Hamilton Park! I will not be sitting in front of a laptop. Me, human Sung, will be at the park to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month. If you are in the area, please stop by! They have a few more programs after me, so stick around. Check it out!
AAPI Heritage Month Celebration at Hamilton Park: Author Discussion with Sung J. Woo
May 22 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm EDT
Sung J. Woo, author of Everything Asian (2009), Love Love (2015), and Skin Deep (2020) will talk about his experience growing up Korean American and his journey as a writer.
Join us for this event at Hamilton Park! Meet us by the gazebo (center of park) for some library fun.
Masks are required for all participants above the age of 2. Social distancing will be respected.
Please join me and four other debut authors (I may have two books before Skin Deep, but this is my first mystery!), a week from today, Thursday 4/22/2021 at 7PM ET. You can sign up for it on Crowdcast:
If you missed the book launch and want to take a look at it, please, be my guest. I read for a bit and then we had a nice chat with a bunch of lively Q&A. Big thanks to Laura and Annie at Odyssey Bookstore for hosting me!
(I, for one, will not be watching this, since I was in it, and also, I hate my voice.)
Attention, friends and strangers who happen to live in the vicinity of NYC! I’ll be at the Anthology Film Archives on Friday, 11/2 at 7:30pm, to take in the screening of the film The Washing Society and afterwards, I’ll be doing a reading in support of Emily Rubin‘s Loads of Prose. My story is titled “The Best of the Vest,” and if you want to know what it’s about, come on by!
THE WASHING SOCIETY/LOADS OF PROSE Screenings and Readings Thursday and Friday November 1, 2 at 7:30
ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES 32 2nd Ave NYC NY 10003 212-505-5181 http://anthologyfilmarchives.org
The Washing Society by Lizzie Olesker & Lynne Sachs 2018, 45 min, digital
SPECIAL SCREENINGS: ARTISTS & SPECIAL GUESTS IN PERSON!
Featuring laundry workers Wing Ho, Lula Holloway, and Margarita Lopez, and actors Ching Valdes-Aran, Jasmine Holloway, and Veraalba Santa.
THE WASHING SOCIETY brings us into New York City laundromats and reveals the experiences of the people working there. Filmmaker Lynne Sachs and playwright Lizzie Olesker collaborate to observe and investigate the disappearing public space of the neighborhood laundromat, and the continual labor that happens there. The intersection of history, immigration, and underpaid work is woven into the film’s observational moments and interviews, along with the uniquely public/private exchange of dirt, lint, stains, and money. The juxtaposition of narrative and documentary elements creates a dream-like, yet hyper-real portrayal of a day in the life of a laundry worker, both past and present.
Thurs, Nov 1:
Historian Tera Hunter, whose book TO ‘JOY MY FREEDOM depicts the 1881 organization of African-American laundresses in Atlanta, and Mahoma Lopez and Rosanna Rodriguez (Co-Directors, Laundry Workers Center), will join us to discuss justice in the workplace.
Fri, Nov 2: ‘Loads of Prose,’ a reading series staged in laundromats, presents authors Emily Rubin (STALINA, 2011), Sung J Woo (LOVE LOVE 2015, EVERYTHING ASIAN, 2009), and Christine Lewis (Organizer, Domestic Workers United), who will read their stories of hidden labor and the challenges of our changing neighborhoods, where infrastructures are crumbling due to the visceral and economic demands of gentrification.
And here’s a bit of lovely trivia — I watched the film Private Life this afternoon, written and directed by the always wonderful Tamara Jenkins. It’s currently playing on Netflix, and how cool is it that the Anthology Film Archives is featured in the film! Check out the screencap.