Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
OtherCo-Op Bookstore at Storrs Center
Amy Uyematsu / The Yellow Door (Red Hen Press, 2015)
Tuesday, October 13, 6:00PM
The UConn Co-Op Bookstore at Storrs Center / One Royce Circle, 101
Free and Open to the Public, this event is co-sponsored with the Asian American Cultural Center and the Creative Writing Program.
Amy Uyematsu is a third-generation Japanese American poet and teacher from Los Angeles, CA. She has published three previous poetry collections: 30 Miles from J-Town (Story Line Press, 1992); Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain (Story Line Press, 1997); and Stone Bow Prayer (Copper Canyon Press, 2005). Her first book was awarded the 1992 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Amy was a co-editor of the widely-used UCLA Asian American Studies anthology Roots: An Asian American Reader.
The Yellow Door celebrates Amy Uyematsu’s Japanese American roots and the profound changes that have occurred in her lifetime. As a woman born after World War II, her six decades in Los Angeles are captured in verse that link Hokusai woodblock paintings, her grandparents’ journeys to California, church parties playing Motown music, and Buddhist obon festivals. With the color yellow as a running theme, Uyematsu embraces “the idea of being a curious, sometimes furious yellow.” A genuine product of the sixties, she adds her own unique LA Buddhahead twist to Asian American identity in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.