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KSW Presents Meng Jin and Mimi Lok

February 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

$8 – $20
Kearny Street Workshop celebrates the latest book releases from Meng Jin and Mimi Lok!

About this Event

On Friday, February 7th, KSW Presents Meng Jin, author of Little Gods (HarperCollins, 2020), and Mimi Lok, author of Last of Her Name (Kaya Press, 2019). This reading is a celebration of their books, powerful stories about Asian women that bend time and place in their journeys to seek answers and connection in the aftermath of grief, displacement, and diaspora.


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: We are opening up submissions for writers to be a part of this reading. Please see below for more information. Apply here: https://kearnystreet.submittable.com/submit/157639/ksw-presents-meng-jin-and-mimi-lok

WHEN: Friday, February 7th, from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

WHERE: Arc Gallery & Studios, 1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

HOW MUCH: $8 Pre-sale, $20 Support Level (reserved seats) available.

*There is limited seating at the venue, you may purchase supporter level tickets to reserve seats. If you have a disability and/or need to be seated during the event, please contact us at info@kearnystreet.org and we’ll work to accommodate you.


MENG JIN was born in Shanghai and lives in San Francisco with her partner Neel and her puppy Tofu. A Kundiman Fellow, she is a graduate of Harvard and Hunter College. Little Gods is her first novel.


On the night of June Fourth, a woman gives birth in a Beijing hospital alone. Thus begins the unraveling of Su Lan, a brilliant physicist who until this moment has successfully erased her past, fighting what she calls the mind’s arrow of time.

When Su Lan dies unexpectedly seventeen years later, it is her daughter Liya who inherits the silences and contradictions of her life. Liya, who grew up in America, takes her mother’s ashes to China—to her, an unknown country. In a territory inhabited by the ghosts of the living and the dead, Liya’s memories are joined by those of two others: Zhu Wen, the woman last to know Su Lan before she left China, and Yongzong, the father Liya has never known. In this way a portrait of Su Lan emerges: an ambitious scientist, an ambivalent mother, and a woman whose relationship to her own past shapes and ultimately unmakes Liya’s own sense of displacement.

A story of migrations literal and emotional, spanning time, space and class, Little Gods is a sharp yet expansive exploration of the aftermath of unfulfilled dreams, an immigrant story in negative that grapples with our tenuous connections to memory, history, and self.

MIMI LOK is the author of the story collection Last of Her Name. The title story was a finalist for the 2018 Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize. She is the recipient of a Smithsonian Ingenuity Award and an Ylvisaker Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the Susan Atefat Arts and Letters Prize for nonfiction. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in McSweeney’s, Electric Literature, Nimrod, Lucky Peach, Hyphen, the South China Morning Post, and elsewhere. Mimi is also the executive director and editor of Voice of Witness, a human rights/oral history nonprofit she cofounded that amplifies marginalized voices through a book series and a national education program.


Mimi Lok’s Last of Her Name is an eye-opening story collection about the intimate, interconnected lives of diasporic women and the histories they are born into. Set in a wide range of time periods and locales, including ’80s UK suburbia, WWII Hong Kong and contemporary urban California, the book features an eclectic cast of outsiders: among them, an elderly housebreaker, wounded lovers and kung-fu fighting teenage girls. Last of Her Name offers a meditation on female desire and resilience, family and the nature of memory.


We are opening up submissions for writers to be a part of this reading. We will only be able to accept up to five readers.

Eligibility: We welcome writers of all genres, and strive to spotlight those of the Asian Pacific diaspora and people of color. We are especially interested in showcasing emerging writers who have had little stage time or few publications.

At this time, KSW Presents cannot provide payment for writers who submit to be a part of this reading series, but we are actively pursuing funding for this program.

How to Apply: Submit work that explores this upcoming event’s theme, that can be read or performed within 3 minutes or less. Apply here (no fee): https://kearnystreet.submittable.com/submit/157639/ksw-presents-meng-jin-and-mimi-lok


Founded in 1972, during the height of the Asian American cultural movement, Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) is the oldest Asian Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization in the country. We offer classes and workshops, salons, and student presentations, as well as professionally curated and produced exhibitions, performances, readings, and screenings. KSW makes artists out of community members and community members out of artists. For the past 45 years, KSW has nurtured the creative spirit, offered an important platform for new voices to be heard, and connected artists with community.


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February 7, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST
$8 – $20
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