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Lessons from I-Hotel:
A reading and conversation on a
San Francisco SRO
with Karen Tei Yamashita

Friday, November 8 from 8-10pm 
InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall


In this conversation between author Karen Tei Yamashita and writer/community organizer Erica Hiroko Isomura, lessons and stories from I Hotel (Coffee House press, 2010) are discussed through the context of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a neighbourhood in which low-income, racialized, and stigmatized residents struggle for justice everyday. In a society increasingly divided by race, class, and beyond, what lessons can we take away from Yamashita’s work?
The conversation and reading will be followed with a dialogue featuring members from SRO Collaborative and Right to Remain, and will be open to questions from the audience.

Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of seven books, including I Hotel, finalist for the National Book Award, and most recently, Letters to Memory, all published by Coffee House Press. Recipient of the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature and a US Artists Ford Foundation Fellowship, she is Professor Emerita of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Karen Tei Yamashita Reading
with Carolyn Nakagawa and Laura Fukumoto
Saturday, November 9 at 6pm
Massy Books, 229 E. Georgia

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Congratulations Kathy Shimizu!

Powell Street Festival Society is pleased to announce the winner of our inaugural Artist Residency program for 2020. A heartfelt congrats to Kathy Shimizu for her proposal for arts-based community building in Kofu, Japan. Kathy will spend one month at Artist-in-Residence Yamanashi to work on her project and will present the fruits of her labour at Powell Street Festival 2020. Thanks to all who applied!

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The 43rd Annual Powell Street Festival was a great success thanks to the support of our donors and stakeholders. As you may be aware this year’s festival faced some additional challenges as the ongoing homelessness crisis in the province forced many vulnerable people to reside in Oppenheimer Park. As an organization committed to social justice and acknowledging the history of dispossession in the neighbourhood, we chose to design a site map that would not displace the vulnerable residents of the park while maintaining our standard for rich arts and culture presentation. Our efforts were supported by many of our community partners, stakeholders and donors who share our commitment to inclusivity and community.

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