May 27, 2018, 1-3pm
Mixed Me: Multi-ethnic Storytelling for Teens and Kids
For story-tellers and story-lovers! Hapa-palooza Festival, a celebration of mixed heritage arts and ideas, presents an afternoon of multi-ethnic storytelling for teens, kids, and families.
Please join three exciting mixed race authors — poet and memoirist Chelene Knight (Dear Current Occupant), young adult writer Michelle Kim (Running Through Sprinklers), and animator/children’s book author Jeff Chiba Stearns (Mixed Critters: An ABC Book) — for creativity workshops focusing on youth, children, or authors who write for youth, followed by readings and discussion of their newest works.
Venue: Museum of Vancouver (Joyce Walley Room), 1100 Chestnut St., Vancouver info:
Presented by Hapa-palooza Festival, Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society
Chelene Knight is a Vancouver born-and-raised graduate of The Writer’s Studio at SFU. In addition to being a workshop facilitator for teens, she is also a literary event organizer, host, and seasoned panelist. She has been published in various Canadian and American literary magazines, and her work is widely anthologized. Chelene is currently the Managing Editor at Room magazine, and the 2018 Programming Director for the Growing Room Festival. Braided Skin, her first book (Mother Tongue Publishing, March 2015), has given birth to numerous writing projects including her second book, memoir, Dear Current Occupant (BookThug, 2018).
In 2016 Chelene worked with fiction mentor Jen Sookfong Lee to flesh out the first draft of a historical novel set Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley.
Michelle Kim is a filmmaker and actor. She was born and raised in Surrey, Canada, and now lives in Vancouver, Canada. Running Through Sprinklers is her first novel. Visit her at HapanessMedia.com
Jeff Chiba Stearns is an Emmy® nominated and Webby award winning animation and documentary filmmaker. After graduating from the Emily Carr University with a degree in Film Animation, he founded Vancouver based boutique animation studio Meditating Bunny Studio Inc. in 2001. From animated viral video ads and broadcast commercials for companies like Sharpie, 3M and Post-it Note, to short and feature films like “What Are You Anyways?” (2005), Yellow Sticky Notes (2007), One Big Hapa Family (2010), Ode to a Post-it Note (2010), Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam (2013) and Mixed Match (2016) Jeff’s work has broadcast around the world, screened in hundreds of international film festivals and garnered over 40 awards. Mixed Critters is Jeff’s first children's book.