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Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month through Poetry

Thursday, May 27, 7 p.m.

Free, Virtual event


May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, and McLean is celebrating through the art of words. Tune into this online event to hear AAPI poets Regie Cabico, Gowri Koneswaran and Jenny C. Lares as they share their own work, take your questions and host an open mic for anyone identifying as AAPI.


Preregistration is required. Those who wish to participate in the open mic segment may indicate so in their registration. This is a platform for amplifying AAPI voices, and we ask that only those who identify as Asian American Pacific Islander participate in the open mic—the rest of us get to listen.


Registration closes at 5 p.m. on May 27Register here.

Poet Biographies

Regie Cabico is a spoken word pioneer having won The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam and later taking top prizes in three National Poetry Slams. Television credits include TEDx, two seasons of HBO's “Def Poetry Jam,” NPR's “Snap Judgement” and MTV's “Free Your Mind.”

Gowri Koneswaran is a queer Tamil writer, performing artist, teacher and lawyer. Her advocacy has addressed animal welfare, environmental protection, the rights of prisoners and the criminally accused in the U.S., and justice and accountability in Sri Lanka. Gowri's work has been published in the “Journal of Asian American Studies,” “Environmental Health Perspectives,” “Adi Magazine,” “Lantern Review,” “Split This Rock's The Quarry” and “The Margins.” She is poetry coordinator at the nonprofit arts organization BloomBars and a fellow of the Asian American literary organization Kundiman.

Born in Cavite, Philippines, and raised in northeastern Maryland, Jenny C. Lares is a writer, spoken word performer and arts administrator. Prior to the pandemic, she was working on “Yappie the Musical,” her first full-length play, which has now transformed into a concept album to be released on Bandcamp on May 28, 2021. She is a graduate student at Goucher College, pursuing a degree in Arts Administration. Instagram: @jennylares; Website/blog: http://jennylares.blog