Emberglow to emberglow by Miyuki Baker and Mary Jean Chan

emberglowMary Jean Chan is a dear friend of mine from college and a remarkably talented poet. This past weekend I got to see her after over a year and half apart. We decided to read poetry together and read Li-Young Lee’s “The City in which I Love You”, a collection of Mary Oliver’s poems and some Rilke. It was such a wonderful feeling to read the poetry aloud–poetry should be enjoyed out loud. Anyways, we were inspired after this and timed ourselves for 10 minutes to do a free-write on the topic of family. We each wrote separate pieces and at the end of the 10 minutes came together and combined our poems. The piece you see here is the outcome of that and the different handwriting corresponds to each of what we wrote.  We were so pleasantly surprised by the outcome that we vowed to write more poetry together in the future. Enjoy!miyuki-signoff

 

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About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip (queerscribe.com) and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at heymiyuki.wordpress.com and email her at heymiyuki@gmail.com

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