Thursday, May 21, 2009

All things new

It's been a while - almost a whole year! - since I last posted.

In the meanwhile, I began and completed my first year in the MFA program at Washington University in St. Louis.

In the meanwhile, a few more poems entered cyberspace: four poems in diode and two poems in PANK.

In the meanwhile, I made a new website:

In the meanwhile, I've been gathering people to write together this summer.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Fort Greene Summer Creative Writing Workshop

Looking for some mid-summer/mid-week/mid-day creative inspiration? I'll be leading a 4-week creative writing workshop in Brooklyn! Email me to register or for more info.
  • Wednesdays, noon-2 pm
  • July 16 - Aug 6
  • $120
  • 80 Hanson Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
  • Open to writers of all levels and genres
A relaxed, fun workshop to help you spark your creativity and get your pen moving again or for the first time.

This short, summer workshop might be just the thing for stay-at-home moms and dads, retired folks, students, or professionals working from home.

In my workshops, I create safe spaces where people can discover and develop their voices. It's a great method for beginning writers, experienced writers who are struggling with writer's block, or anyone who just wants time, space, and inspiration to generate new work.

Led in association with the NY Writers Coalition.

To register, email tamikob-at-gmail-dot-com

Friday, June 06, 2008

Three June Readings

Three - count 'em, three! - upcoming readings this month. Perhaps you might be interested in...

Sulu Series

@ Bowery Poetry Club
Sunday, June 15, 9 pm
$8 for general public, $5 for students

In which I attempt to stay up past my bedtime to read some poems along with other cool, queer Asian performers.


Uncalled-For Readings
@ Unnameable Books
Wednesday June 18, 7 pm

In which I get to be part of the inaugural reading of what promises to be a fantastic Brooklyn series.


Agent 409 Reading

@ Bluestockings
Monday, June 23, 7 pm

In which I read with my beloved, amazing writing group, Agent 409, as we celebrate four years together and our brand-spankin'-new zine.


A lot more information, if ya want it:

On Sunday June 15th, SULU SERIES presents...
A Queer Asian Spectacular (In Honor of L.G.B.T. Pride Month)

9 PM - 12 AM
$8 for General Public
$5 for students

Guest Host: Danny Katz

Justin Woo
Kevin Nadal
Tamiko Beyer
Kay Barrett
Vik Mishra

Sulu Series Every Third Sunday of the Month!
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
(foot of First Street, between Houston & Bleecker
F train to Second Ave, or 6 train to Bleecker)

Hosted by Regie Cabico, curated by Taiyo Na, with music by DJ Boo, and brought to you by the Sulu Artist Network, Sulu Series is a
monthly showcase featuring established and emerging Asian American
artists in music, spoken word, video and multidisciplinary performance
from the local and national scenes.

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Uncalled-For Readings
@ Unnameable Books
Mostly Poets, Some Wednesdays.

First Reading! Wednesday June 18 2008 7:00 pm, free

Tamiko Beyer Ana Božičević Tisa Bryant & Daniel Lin

Unnameable Books can be found at 456 Bergen Street (between Flatbush Ave. & 5th Ave.) in Brooklyn, NY, one half block from the 2/3 at Bergen, or a short walk from 4/5/B/D/N/Q/R at Atlantic/Pacific.
Readings are held down one flight of stairs in the basement.

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Agent 409 Reading
Monday, June 23rd @ 7PM - Free

It's been four amazing years, and yes, we're counting, 'cause it's time again for the writers at Agent 409 to scour racism, wipe away gritty capitalism, dissolve encrusted patriarchy, and penetrate transphobic spots. An unruly bunch of multi-racial queers and trannies, Agent 409 is anti-everything oppressive and wrong, and pro-everything liberating and good. Come hear the agents read their newest: Tamiko Beyer, Danielle Morgan Feris, Jane Koh, Adedoyin Ola, Cory Schmanke Parrish, Daniel Lynn Rose, Ronica Sanyal and Judy Yu.

Bluestockings is located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan at 172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington - 1 block south of Houston and 1st Avenue.
(1 block south of the F train's 2nd Avenue stop and just 5 blocks from the JMZ-line's Essex / Delancey Street stop.)

Friday, April 25, 2008

Poetry is Not A Luxury*

It's almost time for the third annual NY Writers Coalition (NYWC) Write-a-Thon! Will you sponsor me this year, and join me in supporting the important work that the NYWC does every day?

This daylong writing marathon and festival on May 17 will benefit NYWC's free creative writing programs. I'll join other writers at Manhattan's NY Center for Independent Publishing to write, attend workshops, and meet other writers. Your pledges will help NYWC continue to offer free, unique and powerful creative writing workshops in neighborhoods throughout NYC.

I lead a writing workshop for LGBT homeless youth through the NYWC. It's so inspiring to witness the fierce creativity of these youth when they're given a space where their voices are honored and nurtured. Can you help make sure these workshops continue?

*Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Read, Write, Resist!

Join Agent 409 at the Spli
t This Rock Poetry Festival in Washington D.C., March 20- 23

On Friday, March 21, Agent 409 will present the following workshop:

Sustaining Ourselves: Creating Peer Writing Workshops That Work
Tamiko Beyer, Danielle Feris, Jane Koh, Cory Schmanke Parrish, Daniel Lynn Rose

For over three years, the members of Agent 409 have been meeting weekly to write and workshop in a collaborative, non-hierarchical environment. This hands-on workshop will give participants tools to establish a sustainable writing workshop that meets their needs as both writers and as workers/organizers/activists for social justice. In this session we will share our workshop model– explaining what has worked for us, what challenges we have faced and how we have dealt with those challenges. This workshop will help writers set up their own creative community that support their work as poets and as activists/organizers/workers.

About the Festival
Split This Rock Poetry Festival will bring poets and writers to Washington, D.C. on the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, in the midst of the presidential election, for four days of collaboration, learning, and performance. The festival will feature opportunities to build community and celebrate the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for change. Join us as we celebrate poetic diversity and the transformative power of the imagination. Learn more and register at

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

February Updates

  • "Forget" was chosen for the Best of the 'Net 2007 Anthology. Many thanks to Boxcar Poetry Review who originally published, and nominated, the poem! If anyone has any updates on what happened to Keshav Jiwani, please email me - I would love to know.
  • "In this metropolis" was published in February's issue of The Progressive.
  • I will be reading and celebrating the great Audre Lorde at this event:

The Audre Lorde Project presents:

Remembering Spirit, Remembering Audre

Thursday February 28, 7pm Bluestocking Bookstore, Lower East Side
Join ALP in honoring the work and life of Audre Lorde. A reading of her poetry, essays and memoirs as we celebrate her birthday (February 18th). Joined by writers and artists such as Cheryl Clarke, Andrew Blint, Holiday Simmons, Victor Tobar, Tamiko Beyer and Cristina Izaguirre, as they share with us pieces of her legacy. $10-$20, sliding scale, no one turned away.

Directions: 172 Allen St. btwn Stanton and Rivington. F train to 2nd Ave or JMZ to Essex / Delancey.

All proceeds go to ALP, a community organizing center for Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming people of color communities. For more information contact Marcos Gutierrez @ or 646-265-4280

Saturday, January 05, 2008

2008 Datebook

Recently, I got an email from the Feminist Majority promoting a few feminist 2008 calendars - including the Women Artists Datebook from the Syracuse Cultural Workers, in which I have a poem. So I thought I should mention it here. It's a nicely designed, compact datebook with poems and color artwork by 30 women, including Anna Oneglia, Ellen Bass, Terry Ehret and Susan Deer Cloud.

Check it out!