EWU Get Lit! Festival 2023: Celebrating the Japanese American Experience w/ Betsy Aoki and Elaine Cockrell
Sunday April 23, 2023
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Montvale Event Center: Third Floor Ballroom 1019 W 1st Ave
Come meet writers Elizabeth (Betsy) Aoki and Elaine Cockrell whose work illuminates and celebrates the Japanese American experience.
Betsy is a poet, fiction writer, and game designer whose award-winning first collection Breakpoint combines lyrical free verse with found “code poems” to explore the technological and societal landscape. Betsy infuses both her Japanese heritage and her love for tech into her poetry which takes readers on a powerful journey through Japanese folklore, family stories, and internment camps using modern and magical imagery.
Through exhaustive research and her own family stories, Elaine Cockrell’s historical novel A Shrug of the Shoulders paints a vivid picture of the forced internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. Through multiple points of view and dozens of vivid settings, author Elaine Cockrell creates a mosaic of Japanese-American perseverance: one tiled with humor, frustration, despair, anger, and love.
EWU Get Lit! presents this cross-genre event in collaboration with the sponsorship of the Spokane Chapter JACL.
To attend this event, you must purchase a Book Fair & Events Pass which covers entry into the two-day Book Fair and all 17 events taking place at the Montvale Event Center. Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 20th at 8am.
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