Side by side photos of the featured readers are outlined with a black line and displayed over a light blue background. Beneath the photos are the words "Open Mouth Presents: Natalie Wee and syan jay." Availability of sign language interpretation is indicated by the presence of an icon showing two hands signing in the bottom left corner. Left photo: A Southeast Asian woman with short hair looks into the camera while wearing a red coat. Credits to May Truong. Right photo: The poet syan jay is visible from the shoulders up, smiling slightly at the camera; they're wearing a brown plaid shirt and their hair is long with a middle part. Photo by Autumn Cortes.

Open Mouth Presents: a Reading with Natalie Wee and syan jay

Side by side photos of the featured readers are outlined with a black line and displayed over a light blue background. Beneath the photos are the words "Open Mouth Presents: Natalie Wee and syan jay." Availability of sign language interpretation is indicated by the presence of an icon showing two hands signing in the bottom left corner.
Left photo: A Southeast Asian woman with short hair looks into the camera while wearing a red coat. Credits to May Truong.
Right photo: The poet syan jay is visible from the shoulders up, smiling slightly at the camera; they're wearing a brown plaid shirt and their hair is long with a middle part. Photo by Autumn Cortes.

Join us on Sunday, July 10, 2022 at 7:00pm Central for a reading by featured poets Natalie Wee and syan jay. The reading will be preceded by a round of introductory readings by past Mt. Sequoyah Residents.

ACCESS NOTES: The reading will take place virtually via Zoom with Zoom auto captions. An ASL interpreter will be present. Access copies of poems will be made available via Google Docs. Our Access Statement will be read before we begin.

Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) service will be provided with advance request. To ensure that we have enough time to book and allow captioners to prepare, Please reach out to the Open Mouth team through Eventbrite or via email at openmouthreadings@gmail.com by June 28th to request CART service.

Register for the virtual reading by clicking on the “Registration” button on the Eventbrite page, donating any amount you can, and entering the required fields. You will receive an email with the Zoom information.

Recommended for attendees 16 years and above.

SUPPORT OUR WORK: Suggested donation of $5.

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Support for Open Mouth Literary Center is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from our supporters on Patreon, Mid-America Arts Alliance, and the ARt Connect Program. The ARt Connect program is generously supported by the Walmart Foundation and implemented by Mid-America Arts Alliance in partnership with the Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange (CACHE) of the Northwest Arkansas Council. Additional support for Mid-America Arts Alliance is from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

FEATURED READERS:

Natalie Wee is a queer creator whose work explores themes of race, gender, queerness, and nationhood, and is deeply informed by grassroots communities. She wrote two poetry collections, Our Bodies & Other Fine Machines (San Press, 2021) and Beast At Every Threshold (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2022). Born in Singapore to Malaysian parents, Natalie is currently a settler in Tkaronto.

syan jay is the author of Bury Me in Thunder (Sundress Publications, 2020). They are of Dził Łigai Si’an N’dee descent. They were the winner of the 2018 Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize and Frontier Poetry’s 2019 Frontier New Voices Fellow. They live in occupied Massachusett homelands. Find them at www.syanjay.com.