We have been extolling Kim Ohanneson and Karolyn Kiisel’s Whisky & Poetry Salon since we first attended in January 2014. Now into its fourth year, W&PS is going strong.
We love Chiwan Choi!
We love him and we’re so lucky to book him as our feature poet for the March 16 Whisky & Poetry Salon—just after the the publication of his newest book of poetry “The Yellow House.”
We also love trading you whisky for your words: you bring a poem, original or not, and read it in a candlelit circle of fellow aficionados. No mic, no bright lights, no need to memorize.
We’ll pour drams of three, top flight whiskies with tasting notes, education and history. Light bites to start!
Come drink poetry with us….
Whisky & Poetry Salon with Chiwan Choi
Thursday, March 16, 7-10 p.m.
Kidd’s Jewelry Heist, 1510 Mission St., S. Pasadena 91030
Cost: $35, purchase here
Pre-sale only, all sales are final (though tickets are transferrable, with notification)
From the Poetry Foundation:
Poet and editor Chiwan Choi was born in Seoul, Korea. He immigrated to Paraguay at the age of five and shortly thereafter to the United States. He earned an MFA at New York University.
In his work, Choi engages themes of community, racism, exile, and family. He is author of the poetry collections “The Flood” (2010) and “Abductions” (2012).
In a 2013 interview with Joseph Lapin for LA Weekly, Choi muses, “If I just got rid of any idea of form or structure, could I connect with the reader as immediately as possible?” With the goal of increasing accessibility, Choi began to share his work through Facebook, friends’ tattoos, and mural art.
Choi is cofounding editor of Writ Large Press, which also organizes literary gatherings in downtown Los Angeles, including the Grand Park Downtown BookFest, the publishing project PUBLISH!, and the Downtown Literary Alchemy Laboratory. His columns have appeared in Cultural Weekly. Choi lives in Los Angeles.