Episode 138: Maw Shein Win Reads New Poems

Maw Shein Win returns to the GrottoPod this week to read from her new book of poetry, Storage Unit for the Spirit House. Win is a poet, editor, and educator who lives and teaches in the Bay Area. Her poetry chapbooks include Ruins of a Glittering Palace and Score and Bone. Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press in 2018. Win is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito, California (2016-2018). She often collaborates with visual artists, musicians, and other writers. 

Episode 49: Maw Shein Win, Poet Laureate of El Cerrito

Maw Shein Win

Maw Shein Win

Maw Shein Win is the place where punk and poetry meet. Win is a prolific poet — and the poet laureate for the Bay Area city of El Cerrito. She’s also the former percussionist, along with Mark Dutcher, for Los Angeles post-punk band Pearls Before Swine. She joins us on the GrottoPod this week for a wide-ranging conversation that touches on the many shades of her colorful life, including her long career as an educator, her ongoing collaborations with artists and musicians, her new collection of poems and her experiments with New Wave hairdos during the 1980s. Check out her most recent chapbook, Score and Bone, on Nomadic Press, and her upcoming full-length collection, Invisible Gifts: Poems, on Manic D Press in April. Her launch will be at City Lights Books April 10.

The Accidental Find: Looking for Poetry in Unexpected Places (with Maw Shein Win)

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Maw Shein Win

Maw Shein Win

Contact: maw@redbridgepress.com

Number of sessions: 1

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Date: Sunday, March 13

Course fee: $95

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. ~Twyla Tharp

How can you find inspiration for your writing from visual art to music to non-literary texts? In this one-day intensive you will learn and practice inventive strategies that will help you generate fresh ideas and jumpstart your writing practice. Instructor Maw Shein Win will introduce a variety of diverse sources ranging from photographs, musical excerpts, paintings, and non-literary texts to ignite your imagination and push your writing to new places. You will leave with an invaluable list of ideas and resources to keep you moving forward. This lively and interactive class is great for both beginning and experienced poets and prose writers.

Light snacks and beverages provided.

Maw Shein Win is a Burmese-American poet, editor, and educator who lives and works in the Bay Area. Her writing has appeared in various journals including Cimarron Review, Ping-Pong, Eleven Eleven, and most recently, the anthology Cross-Strokes: Poetry Between Los Angeles and San Francisco (Otis Books/Seismicity Editions). She is a poetry editor for Rivet and was an Artist In Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Her chapbook, with paintings by Mark Dutcher, Ruins of a glittering palace, was published by SPA/Commonwealth Projects. Along with composer Amanda Chaudhary, she is part of musical duo Pitta of the Mind which combines poetry with abstract electronic music. http://www.amandachaudhary.com/potm