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Fireweed Blossoms: A Literary Celebration and Community Gathering

Wed, Nov 1, 2017 from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205

Join us at Literary Arts for a multigenerational community celebration to honor the release of Fireweed Blossoms, a stunning collection of poetry by local writer Kazumi Heshiki. Kazumi was born on Okinawa Island in 1930 and his book reflects a lifetime of reflection in various states and countries. “In this breath-taking collection,” says Lo Kwa Mei-En, “Kazumi Heshiki colors the human relationship to the world with natural gravity and creative luminescence. Every poem tilts the world into a unique quality of light.”

Taiko drumming will be woven with readings from “Fireweed Blossoms” by a dynamite cast of readers, artists, and activists, followed by sounds of the ukelele and book signings.

Taiko drumming by: 
Kana Heshiki
Valerie Otani
Megumi Uehara 

Intisar Abioto
Neil Aitken
Trevino Brings Plenty
Ra Shaunda Brooks 
Natalie Figueroa
Jenna Marie Fletcher
Stacey Tran
Vaughn Kimmons
Ryan Nakano
Sam Roxas-Chua 
Jake Vermaas

Des Anderson

Kazumi Heshiki was born in Okinawa Island in 1930. He later attended Keio University in Tokyo, where he studied linguistics and cross-cultural communication. Heshiki later worked in both Japan and the United States as a translator and Japanese language instructor, and has authored textbooks and essays on the subject of language, culture and communication. He is the author of Kadena Story, a historical fiction based on the battle of Okinawa in 1945. After spending a portion of his life in Anchorage, Heshiki currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife.

Praise for Fireweed Blossoms:

“How lucky we are to have this book in the world.” – Lo Kwa Mei-En (author of Yearling)

“Kazumi Heshiki’s poems ring remarkably innovative in their spare form and sensibility . . . A welcome collection by a masterful poet.” -Kimiko Hahn (author of Brain Fever)

The project was made possible by a grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council