Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Tsunami Relief Benefit

small offerings, a Tsunami Relief Benefit
at Asian American Writers' Workshop.
16 West 32nd Street, 10th floor
Wednesday, January 12th, 2005,
7-9pm.doors open 6:30$10-20 cover, sliding scale

In the aftermath of the tsunami, over 118,000 people have died and 5 million more are homeless in Asia. This event is but a small community offering to sustain ourselves and to try to help others far away.

Please join a diverse group of artists for a night of music, refreshments, and poetry. A silent auction and raffle will be held, and informational brochures will be available. Bring your friends, your heart, and your wallet, and make your own small offering.

**ALL proceeds will go directly to non-profit organizations helping with tsunami relief.****

curated and hosted by: Ishle Yi Park * Poet Laureate of Queens, New York
Sabrina Margarita Alcantara-Tan * Founder of the amazing'zine Bamboo Girl
Steve Cannon * Founder of the Gathering of the Tribes
Tina Chang * Author of Half Lit Houses
Eric Gamalinda * Professor at NYU and Columbia, author of Zero Gravity
Edward Garcia * ASPIRA teacher and Winner of a 2003 NYFA Poetry Grant
Kimiko Hahn * Winner of the American Book Award
Suheir Hammad * Author of Born Palestinian, Born Black, member of Def Poetry Jam
Bassey Ikpi * Three-time featured Nigerian American poet on HBO's Def Poetry Jam
Kontrast * Filipino-American, Brooklyn-transplanted and unrepentantly radical hip-hop group
Joseph Legaspi * Founder of Kundiman, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to Asian American literature
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz * Tour-de-force woman and founder of Urbana, the three-time National Poetry Slam Championship Venue
Patrick Rosal * Winner of the AAWW's 2004 Member's Choice AwardShappy * An amazing comedic poet, in high school Shappy was voted "Most Swinging Guy".
Hal Sirowitz * Former Poet Laureate of Queens '01-'04
Kevin So + Incredibly talented singer, songwriter, guitarist, latest CD "leaving the lights on"...and more!!!!

Proceeds go to non-profit organizations actively helping with tsunami relief, including:

The Sri Lanka Relief FundDonations will go to orphanages and clinics that have been devastated and to provide anti-biotics, painkillers, and water purification tablets.http://www.diasporaflow.org/srilanka-relief.html

Doctors Without Bordershttp://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/To date, Doctors Without Borders/Mecins Sans Fronties (MSF) has sent over 40 aid workers and 110 tons of relief materials to the region. Additional aid workers and relief cargos are en route.

OxFam Americahttp://www.oxfamamerica.org/Oxfam is sending food and water to help thousands of people affected by the devastating tsunamis that struck coastal areas of several Asian countries.

For more information, please email desk@aaww.org. To send a check or donate something to the raffle/silent auction, please contact ishlepark@gmail.com.


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