When: Sun., May 20, 1:30 p.m. 2018
El Cerrito’s first poet laureate, Maw Shein Win, has just released her first full-length collection of poems, Invisible Gifts (Manic D Press). It’s rich in paradoxes. Her experiences with illness, for example, are juxtaposed against her experiences as a daughter of immigrant doctors. The Burmese American poet explores memory, time, nature, and love — common topics, perhaps, but she weaves between them in unexpected, at times playful, and vividly colorful ways. (You might recognize her voice from the poetry inscribed on Megan Wilson’s mural, Flower Interruption, which was erected in front of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum last summer.) Win will host and read from Invisible Gifts at the spring edition of El Cerrito’s Poetry & Place reading series. She’ll be joined by Rafael Jesús González, the poet laureate of Berkeley; Indigo Moor, the poet laureate of Sacramento; and Kim Shuck, the poet laureate of San Francisco. There will also be live music and an all-ages open mic.