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TONIGHT 2/12 Brian Komei Dempster Reading in Sausalito

Tonight, Thursday, February 12, at 7:15 pm, Brian Komei Dempster (Topaz, winner of the 2014 15 Bytes Book Award in Poetry) will read with Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Cassandra Dunn, Rita M. Gardner, Glen David Gold, Susan Ito, Claudia Long, Robert Thomas, and Zarina Zabrisky for Why There Are Words Series at Studio 333 (333 Caledonia Street) in Sausalito, CA.

Topaz is available from Four Way Books

What's Happening Next Week?

On Thursday, January 15, at 7:30 pm, Brian Komei Dempster (Topaz, winner of the 2014 15 Bytes Book Award in Poetry) will read with Jodi Hottel at Falkirk Cultural Center (1408 Mission) in San Rafael, CA. 

Topaz is available from Four Way Books

Next Saturday, January 17, at 7:30 pm, Jeffrey Harrison (Incomplete Knowledge), Cammy Thomas (Inscriptions), and Daniel Tobin (The Net) will read for the "Are You Nobody Too?" Munroe Saturday Nights Series - Contemporary Poets Respond to Emily Dickinson at First Parish Church (7 Harrington Rd.) in Lexington, MA.

Incomplete Knowledge, Inscriptions, and The Net are all available from Four Way Books

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What's Happening Next Week?

Next Sunday, January 25, at 11 am, Brian Komei Dempster (Topaz, winner of the 2014 15 Bytes Book Award in Poetry), Mia Ayumi Malhotra, and Brynn Saito will read for  "Other Words, Other Worlds" at Aldersgate United Methodist Church (4243 Manuela Ave.) in Palo Alto, CA.

Topaz is available from Four Way Books

Hear Brian Komei Dempster Read This Thursday January 15

Brian Komei Dempster (Topaz, winner of the 2014 15 Bytes Book Award in Poetry) will read this Thursday, January 15, at 7:30 PM with Jodi Hottel at Falkirk Cultural Center (1408 Mission) in San Rafael, CA.

Topaz is available from Four Way Books

Brian Komei Dempster Reading Sunday 2/8 in San Mateo, CA

This Sunday, February 8, at 1:30 pm, Brian Komei Dempster (Topaz, winner of the 2014 15 Bytes Book Award in Poetry) will read for Topaz 2015 with Shirley Kayuzo Muramoto-Wong, Evan Kodani, and Kimi Kodani Hill at San Mateo Public Library in the Oak Room (55 W. 3rd Avenue) in San Mateo, CA.

Topaz is available from Four Way Books.

Brian Komei Dempster Reading Tonight Thursday 12/11 at Studio 333

Tonight, Thursday, December 11, at 7:15 pm, Brian Komei Dempster (Topaz) is reading with Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Cassandra Dunn, Rita Gardner, Glen David Gold, Susan Ito, Claudia Long, Elizabeth Rosner, Robert Thomas, and Zarina Zabrisky for Why There Are Words Presents the Sweet Readings at Studio 333 (333 Caledonia Street) in Sausalito, CA.

Topaz is available from Four Way Books

This Thursday 12/11 Brian Komei Dempster Reading at Studio 333

This Thursday, December 11, at 7:15 pm, Brian Komei Dempster (Topaz) will read with Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Cassandra Dunn, Rita Gardner, Glen David Gold, Susan Ito, Claudia Long, Elizabeth Rosner, Robert Thomas, and Zarina Zabrisky for the Why There Are Words Presents the Sweet Readings at Studio 333 (333 Caledonia Street) in Sausalito, CA.

Topaz is available from Four Way Books

Tonight Thursday June 5 Brian Komei Dempster Reading at Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

Tonight, Thursday, June 5, at 6 pm, Brian Komei Dempster (Topaz) will read at Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience  (719 South King St.) in Seattle, WA. There will also be a presentation by Dee Goto, music by Stuart Dempster and Paul Kikuchi, and visual art by Suiren (Renko Ishida Dempster). 

Topaz is available from Four Way Books

This Saturday May 31 Brian Komei Dempster Reading and Presenting for NVC Foundation Speaker Series in Seattle

This Saturday, May 31, at 7 pm, Brian Komei Dempster (Topaz) will be reading and presenting for the NVC Foundation Speaker Series in NVC Memorial Hall (1212 South King St.) in Seattle, WA.

Topaz is available from Four Way Books

Hear Brian Komei Dempster Read This Sunday January 25 in Palo Alto

This Sunday, January 25, at 11 am, Brian Komei Dempster (Topaz, winner of the 15 Bytes Book Award in Poetry) will read with Mai Ayumi Malhotra and Brynn Saito for "Other Words, Other Worlds" atAldersgate United Methodist Church (4243 Manuela Ave.) in Palo Alto, CA.

Topaz is available from Four Way Books

A Review of "Topaz" by Brian Komei Dempster in The Huffington Post

“Intimacy in the face of terror is one of the great gifts of language. Nothing is more intimate than home, the place where love lives, strains, and endures. Family and memory are durable, sustaining, despite the long hatchet of history. We know this, but poetry has a special way of reminding how important and necessary communication is. Language and memory are the twin roots connecting us to both people and place, and Dempster’s collection is a sobering reminder of how fragile and powerful those roots are." Read more of Dean Rader’s review of Topaz in The Huffington Post.

Topaz is available from Four Way Books

Review of "Topaz" by Brian Komei Dempster in "Open Letters"

“Against this history, Dempster tells stories of his family: his grandfather painting and performing rites, his grandmother writing between kitchen chores, an uncle who died in the Korean War and another who died of cancer. He watches his father brush his mother’s hair. He watches himself clasp a jade necklace on his wife’s neck. In recounting these devotions through the fractures of history, he finds an identity shaped by traumas he did not directly experience and asks what it means to love." Read more of Teow Lim Goh’s review of Topaz in Open Letters

Topaz is available from Four Way Books

Brian Komei Dempster Reading in Sausalito This Thursday 12/11

This Thursday, December 11, at 7:15 pm, Brian Komei Dempster (Topaz) will read with Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Cassandra Dunn, Rita Gardner, Glen David Gold, Susan Ito, Claudia Long, Elizabeth Rosner, Robert Thomas, and Zarina Zabrisky for the Why There Are Words Presents the Sweet Readings at Studio 333 (333 Caledonia Street) in Sausalito, CA.

Topaz is available from Four Way Books

What's Happening Next Week for Four Way Books Authors?

This Tuesday, June 3, at 6:30 pm, Brian Komei Dempster (Topaz) will be reading with Sharon Hashimoto, Arlene Kim, and Alan Lau with a tribute to Kim-An Lieberman by Quyen Hamilton at the University Book Store (4326 University Way NE) in Seattle, WA. 

This Thursday, June 5, at 6 pm, Brian Komei Dempster (Topaz) will be reading at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (719 South King Street) in Seattle, WA., and there will also be a story presentation by Dee Goto, music by Stuart Dempster and Paul Kikuchi, and visual art by Suiren (Renko Ishida Dempster).

Topaz is available from Four Way Books

Next Sunday, June 8, at 6 pm, Rob Schlegel (January Machine), the 2014 Grub Street Poetry Prize winner, selected by Stephen Burt, will read with Rodney Koeneke for the Spare Room Reading Series at Glyph Cafe and Art Space (804 NW Couch (North Park Blocks)) in Portland, OR. There will be a $5 suggested donation.

January Machine is available from Four Way Books

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Brian Komei Dempster Reading This Wednesday at the University of San Francisco

This Wednesday, April 30, at 6 pm, Brian Komei Dempster (Topaz) will be reading with Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III, Angelo Michael F. Meriono, Bich Minh Nguyen and Evelyn Rodriguez for the USF Asian Pacific American Faculty Reading at the University of San Francisco  in Fromm Hall, Berman Room (2130 Fulton St.) in San Francisco, CA.

Topaz is available from Four Way Books

"The Rafu Shimpo: Los Angeles Japanese Daily News" on “Breaking Silences: Uncovering Memories of Japanese American Imprisonment”

"Sansei poet and editor Brian Komei Dempster, who is director of administration for the Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies and professor of rhetoric and language at University of San Francisco, discussed his community-based writing projects and anthologies, in which Nisei tell their stories of wartime incarceration and post-war resettlement….Dempster also read four poems — ‘Crossing,’ ‘Cloud,’ ‘Your Hands Guide Me Through Trains’ and ‘Steamer Trunk’ — from his debut collection, 'Topaz' (Four Way Books), which looks at the legacy of the camp experience and its impact on younger generations.” Read more about the event here

Topaz is available from Four Way Books