Filipino-American Poet Aimee Suzara to Present Work May 1
April 19, 2017
Aimee Suzara – a Filipino-American poet, playwright and performer based in Oakland, Calif. – will speak at 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 1, in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.
Suzara will present excerpts of her theatrical work and talk about how theater can create dialogue about identity and culture.
Her debut poetry book, Souvenir, was a Willa Award finalist in 2015. Her poems have appeared in journals including, Kartika Review, 580 Split and Lantern Review and in the anthologies Walang Hiya: Literature Taking Risks Toward Liberatory Practice and Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees.
Her plays, A History of the Body – commissioned by the East Bay Community Foundation and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts – and Tiny Fires were selected as finalists for the Bay Area Playwright’s Festival. She also has two chapbooks, the space between and Finding the Bones.
Suzara has also been featured as a spoken word artist at Stanford University, Mt. Holyoke College, Portland State University, University of Miami and University of California, Santa Cruz.
Her performance work has been selected at the One-Minute Play Festival, APAture and the Utah Arts Festival and staged at the Berkeley Repertory Theater and CounterPULSE.
She earned an M.F.A. in creative writing at Mills College. She is a member of the faculty at De Anza College and leads workshops in poetry and performance for youth and adults.