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Fridays@Freer|Sackler: Asian American Literature Festival
Friday, August 2, 5–9 pm
Free; no tickets required
Join us for a special outdoor celebration featuring the voices of outstanding poets, writers, and performance artists as part of the Smithsonian Asian American Literature Festival. Visit our interactive Literary Lounge on the Freer plaza and stay for music, comedy, and a spoken word showcase jam-packed with energy. Plus Burmese flavors by Thamee, Taiwanese street food by AiYa, Asian-inspired cold treats by Ruby Scoops, and specialty cocktails by Please Bring Chips are available for purchase. Cool off inside by viewing the Freer’s exhibitions throughout the evening.
- 5–9 pm: Freer galleries are open. Food and drinks are available for purchase, including a cash bar. Interactive Literary Lounge featuring tarot card reading, literary meme-making, haikus against Islamophobia, postcards to refugees, and more!
- 5-6pm: DJ Adriel Luis
- 5:30-6pm: Poetry Performances in the Freer Galleries
- 6-7 pm: Verbal Fire Literary Showcase hosted by poet Regie Cabico featuring Wo Chan
- 7-7:30pm: Musical Performance by Nistha Raj of District of Raga
- 7:30-8pm: Comedy Performance by Kat Evasco
- 8:00-9pm: Asian American Poetry Slam hosted by Gowri K. with Lauren Bullock, Soo-Jin Lee, M Marbella, Dan Lau, Jenny C. Lares & Pamela K. Santos
The 2019 Asian American Literature Festival, hosted August 2–4 at Eaton Workshop DC, the Library of Congress, and the Freer|Sackler, is a new model for encountering literature. This community-generated cooperative space encourages sharing and growing Asian American literature, with dynamic, interactive programming and a commitment to arts solidarity. The 2019 theme is Care + Caregiving. The festival is copresented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, the Library of Congress, and the Poetry Foundation and is free to the public.
This event is a collaboration between Freer|Sackler and the Smithsonian Asia Pacific American Center. The project received Federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.