Healing Around Race: Creative Writing Workshop #2

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Healing Around Race: Creative Writing Workshop #2

July 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

$5 – $15

Struggling to process and confront anti-Black and anti-Asian racism within your social networks? Explore the healing power of creative writing!

  • The July 25th workshop focuses on “Stand Together – Creativity and Social Justice”

Eth-Noh-Tec storytellers Robert Kikuchi Yngojo and Nancy Wang, poet Jennifer Hasegawa, poet/KFPFA journalist Dennis J Bernstein, poet/musician/KPFA & POO DJ Avotcja discuss how social justice informs their art.

Participants will be invited to engage in creative writing exercises around questions like: What arts do you resonate with and why? What are your creative outlets? If I could, this is the story I’d tell.

NOTE: The workshop will be hosted on Zoom and YouTube Live with a sliding scale fee of $5~$15 to help support our presenters, organizers, tech and labor costs. If you are interested in participating but are unable to afford the ticketing tier, please email programs@oacc.cc and we would be happy to work with you on making this event accessible.

This workshop is presented in partnership with Write Now! SF Bay, UC Berkeley Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, and Eastwind Books of Berkeley.



Photos from left to right: Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo and Nancy Wang (Eth-Noh-Tec), Jennifer Hasegawa, Dennis Bernstein, Avotcja.


Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo are Eth-Noh-Tec‘s founding artistic directors. Since 1981, Nancy’s dance, choreography and theater experience synthesizes with Robert’s musical talents, composing and theater experience, exploding their duality into a unique and choreographed expression unlike any other. Combining stylized gesture and movements with their mutual vision of the interplay between the arts and humanities, the spoken word, and music, Nancy and Robert quickly became a dynamic creative partnership, recounting age-old Asian folktales and contemporary Asian American stories.  Together their performance style is a multiple of dualities: the Spiritual and the Human, the Eastern and Western, the Social and the Personal, the Traditional and the Experimental.
Together they perform around the world with several programs and workshops.  They have received various awards including ‘Artist of the Year’ by National Young Audiences, and NSN’s ‘Circle of Excellence’ and ‘International StoryBridge’ awards.  They are also the recipients of numerous grants.

Recent Works:

Nancy Wang, A New Pair of Wings, Parkhurst Borthers Publishers, 2016

Visit their online store for DVDs, CDs and more.

Jennifer Hasegawa is a poet and photographer. The manuscript for La Chica’s Field Guide to Banzai Living received the Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award. Hasegawa’s work has appeared in The Adroit Journal, Bamboo Ridge, and Tule Review. She was born and raised in Hilo, Hawai‘i and lives in San Francisco.

Recent Works: La Chica’s Field Guide to Banzai Living, Omnidawn Publishing 2020

Dennis J Bernstein lives in San Francisco. He is the award-winning host/producer of Flashpoints, syndicated on public and community radio stations across the United States. Bernstein is the recipient of many awards for his work, including the 2015 Pillar Award in Broadcast Journalism. In 2009, Pulse Media named him one of the “20 Top Global Media Figures.” Bernstein’s articles and essays have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including The New York TimesDenver PostPhiladelphia Enquirer, Newsday, The NationDallas Times HeraldSan Francisco ChronicleBoston GlobeMother JonesVillage VoiceThe ProgressiveVibe MagazineSpin MagazineToronto GlobeKyoto JournalDer Spiegel, and many more.

Recent Works:  Five Oceans in a Teaspoon, Paper Crown Press 2019

Radio: Flashpoints, Mondays-Fridays, 5-6 pm

Avotcja (pronounced Avacha) has been published in English & Spanish in the USA, Mexico & Europe, and in more Anthologies than she remembers. She is an award winning Poet & multi-instrumentalist who has opened for Betty Carter in New York City, Peru’s Susana Baca at San Francisco’s Encuentro Popular & Cuba’s Gema y Pável, played with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Bobi & Luis Cespedes, John Handy, Sonido Afro Latina, Dimensions Dance Theater, Black Poets With Attitudes, Bombarengue, Nikki Giovanni, Los Angeles’ Build An Ark, Dwight Trible, Diamano Coura West African Dance Co., Terry Garthwaite, Big Black, The Bay Area Blues Society & Caribeana Etc. Shared stages with Sonia Sanchez, Piri Thomas, Janice Mirikitani, Diane DiPrima, Michael Franti, Jayne Cortez, & with Jose Montoya’s Royal Chicano Air Force & is a Bay Area icon with her group Avotcja & Modúpue.

Spoken word with Electric Squeezebox Orchestra:

“Matter Is” and “Soundly Metaphysical,” Matter Is, Electric Squeezebox Orchestra + Voices

Poetry online:




Bebop, Cubop and the Musical Truth, Tuesdays  8-10pm in KPFA.org or KPFA-FM 94.1

La Verdad Musical (the Musical Truth), Fridays njoon-3pm on www.KOO.org or 89.5 FM



Shizue Seigel is a Japanese American writer born just after her family’s release from WWII incarceration. She’s led community writing projects for Centers for Disease Control/UCSF, National Japanese American Historical Society, African American Arts & Culture Complex, and others. She was written or edited six books, and her memoir and poetry have been widely published elsewhere.  She directs Write Now! SF Bay, which supports Bay Area writers of color through workshops, events and anthologies.

Recent Works:

CIVIL LIBERTIES UNITED, Pease Press, San Francisco, 2019. www.peasepress/com

“Who Do You Think You Are?”, L. D. Green and Kelechi Ubozoh, eds,

We’ve Been Too Patient: Voices From Radical Mental Health – Stories and Research Challenging the Biomedical Model, North Atlantic Books 2019

“Swimming in the New Normal,” Deborah Santa, ed, All the Women in My Family Sing, NTTB Press 2018.   https://aerbook.com/maker/productcard-3248263-3202.html


July 25
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$5 – $15
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Oakland Asian Cultural Center