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The 2013 DC Asian American & Pacific Islander Literary Arts & Performance Poetry Festival (LAPP Fest) presents an evening of spoken word poetry showcasing the breadth and texture of AAPI narratives.

LAPP Fest Co-Director Simone Jacobson is a Burmese American writer, performer, teaching artist, and cultural worker. She earned an MA in Arts Management from American University and a BA in French Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, where she also studied dance. She has performed and taught in France, Switzerland, and the U.S., and danced alongside The Roots and Chaka Khan.

Regie Cabico won the 1993 Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam and took top prizes in the 1993, 1994, and 1997 National Poetry Slams. He has received three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships for Poetry and Performance Art and received the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award presented by Poets & Writers. He has appeared on two seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam and he is former artist-in-residence for NYU's Asian/Pacific/American Institute.
At 22 years old, George “G” Yamazawa is widely considered one of the top young spoken word artists in the country. A Kundiman fellow, National Poetry Slam Finalist, two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, and three-time Southern Fried Champion, G has performed at numerous venues and universities across the nation including the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, as well as overseas in England, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Gowri K. is a Sri Lankan Tamil American poet and lawyer. She is the senior poetry editor for Jaggery: A DesiLit Arts and Literature Journal and poetry coordinator at BloomBars. Gowri has co-authored two peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and her poetry has been published in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Bourgeon, and Lantern Review. She tweets on-the-spot haikus @gowricurry.
Beau Sia is the author of The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time and was an original cast member of the Tony Award-winning Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. He has also been featured in the films Slam and Rachel Getting Married. Beau is currently working on a folk album and lives in Los Angeles.
Adriel Luis is an artist who creates songs, poems, websites, films, and other pretty things to demonstrate that imagination is a vital tool for social change. He is a member of the digital funk band iLL-Literacy, and curator of digital and emerging media at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center in Washington, DC.
Michelle Myers is a spoken word poet, community activist, and educator.  She is a founding member of the spoken word poetry group Yellow Rage, best known for appearing on the first season of the critically-acclaimed HBO television series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.  As a solo artist, Michelle is dedicated to raising awareness about social injustices and building positive relationships across communities; she is currently touring and performing new work from her poetry book The SHE Book.  Finally, Michelle is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Learning Lab and Student Academic Computer Center Department at Community College of Philadelphia.
Sahra Vang Nguyen is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She has served as the Director of the Writing Success Program at the University of California, Los Angeles, self-published an e-book titled One Ounce Gold, and was published in the print anthology, Pho For Life. In her free time, she enjoys riding her bike around Manhattan looking for new pizza shops.
Asian Pacific Islander American - APIA