“To acknowledge our ancestors means we are aware that we did not make ourselves, that the line stretches all the way back, perhaps, to God; or to Gods. We remember them because it is an easy thing to forget: that we are not the first to suffer, rebel, fight, love and die. The grace with which we embrace life, in spite of the pain, the sorrows, is always a measure of what has gone before.”
-Alice Walker, From “In These Dissenting Times,” Her Blue Body Everything We Know
In her performance memoir “Mudang Magic,” Michelle Myers explores how words can hang onto grief and how memory can create a landscape of both loss and healing. The vulnerability of her storytelling and performance allows Myers to meditate on the entwining of experience as both emotional departure and spiritual return as she…Keep reading
In response to the escalated anti-Asian violence, Studio Revolt and Yellow Rage collaborated on a spoken word film based on the 2001 Yellow Rage poem “Listen Asshole”. Directed by Masahiro Sugano and produced by Anida Yoeu Ali, the film is a response to the escalation in anti-Asian violence throughout the…Keep reading
USA Today published an essay written by Michelle titled “Pain Spoken as Anger” as part of a larger article titled “AAPI Pride: Asian and Pacific Islander heritage helps lift America to what it must be.” Michelle’s excerpt reflects on the impact “Listen Asshole” had in 2001 and its ongoing relevance in…Keep reading
MICHELLE MYERS is an award-winning poet, community activist, and educator. As a founding member of the Asian American female spoken word poetry group Yellow Rage, she was one of the first Asian American women to appear on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry; in the first live Def Poetry Jam show presented at the 2001 HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado; and in the Def Poetry Jam College Tour. Over the past 20 years, Michelle has featured at hundreds of college campuses as well as at many distinguished venues around the country, including the Kennedy Center, the BAMcafé, the Bowery Poetry Club, the Asian American Writers Workshop, the Sierra Arts Foundation, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. As a solo artist, … [Read More]
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