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Terisa Siagatonu

“Finally, the Poets: The Duty of Art(ists) as the Pulse of Our Collective Healing & Greatest Hope at Justices”

Tuesday, April 13, 2021  |  Noon to 1:30 PM

Terisa Siagatonu

Poet, Speaker, Educator, and Community Organizer

What if our health depended on us telling our stories?  What if we not only felt better when we expressed our truth: we healed/  Both ourselves and our communities?  In this talk, Terisa Siagatonu invites us to re-imagine our world as one where artists are not simply beautifying our lives with creative visions: artists are the beaons of light we depend on to articulate and guide the world in ways that cannot be accomplished through any other profession, field, or discipline.  In a time of global fear, trauma, anxiety, rage, and crisis: art is the balm that reminds us of what else we are made of... and made for.

Terisa Siagotonu is an award-winning touring poet, speaker, educator, and community organizer born and rooted in the Bay Area.  Her voice in the poetry world as a queer Samoan woman has granted her opportunities to perform in such places as the White House (Obama administration), the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris, the Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane, Australia, and the 2019 SF Women's March.  One of the most memorable moments in her career was receiving President Obama's Champion of Change Award for her activism as a poet/organizer in her Pacific Islander community.  

With numerous viral poetry videos garnering over millions of views collectively, Terisa's writing / teaching blends the personal, cultural, and political in a way that calls for healing, courage, justice, and truth.  A 2019 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 100 List Honoree, Terisa's work has been published in Poetry Magazine and has been featured on Button Poetry, CNN, NBCNews, NPR, KQED, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, The Guardian, and Buzzfeed.

For more information or accommodations, please contact Twillea Evans-Carthen at or (909) 359-5029.

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Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month:  Pop-Up Library Series

A series of “flash lectures” will take place at the Asian American Pacific Islander Lit  Pop-Up Library in the Asian & Pacific Islander Center in the Santos Manuel Student Union on Tuesday, May 21, Wednesday, May 22, and Thursday, May 23. A collaborative effort between the English 319: AAPI Literature and the SMSU/Cross Cultural Center and Asian & Pacific Islander Center, the AAPI Lit Pop-Up Library aims to generate dialogue about the literatures, histories, and identities of Asian and Pacific Islander diasporic communities. This assemblage of books, on loan from educators, artists, and authors from the local region and beyond, includes classic works such as Maxine Hong Kingston's 'Woman Warrior' and Carlos Bulosan's 'America is in the Heart,' and contemporary works such as the poetry series of Craig Santos Perez and 'Other Words for Grief' by CSUSB alumna Lisa Marie Rollins.   Scheduled at the pop-up library: 

  • Tuesday, May 21, 11:20 a.m.: Flash lecture by Jason Magabo Perez
  • Tuesday, May 21, 12:15 p.m.: Collage Poetry Workshop
  • Wednesday, May 22, 5/22, 5 p.m.: Poetry/Spoken Word Cipher
  • Thursday May 23, 10 a.m.: Film screening, “The Fall of the Hotel”
  • Thursday, May 23, 11:20 a.m.: Flash lecture, by Jasmine Lee    

Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month through May 31, and stop by the Asian American Pacific Islander Lit  Pop-Up Library in the Asian & Pacific Islander Center on the second floor of the of the Santos Manuel Student Union.