Maw Shein Win
Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

Accompanied by Giavanna Ortiz De Candia on guitar

celebrating the release of her new collection of poetry

Invisible Gifts: Poems

published by Manic D Press

Themes of vulnerability and power emerge through reflections on family, art, and loss from an award-winning poet.

In her full-length collection of poems, Win depicts a colorful world imbued with unexpected paradoxes:  nature is both comforting and savagely unnerving; love is permanent and fleeting; and the accuracy and flaws of memory abound. Her experiences with illness and recovery intertwine with her identity as a Burmese American daughter of immigrant doctors. For instance, in poems like "Hands": My father's hands, frail birds, shaking wings. / In Burmese, "win" means bright. / Hands that stitched skin together and brought back life. Win's unique perspective and artful language offer readers insight into how the heart can bend and mend without breaking.

Maw Shein Win is a Burmese American poet, editor, and educator who lives and works in the Bay Area. Her writing has appeared in many journals and several anthologies, including Cimarron Review, Fanzine, The Fabulist, and others. She was an Artist in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts and is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. She often collaborates with visual artists, musicians, and other writers. Along with composer and musician, Amanda Chaudhary, she is part of musical duo Pitta of the Mind that combines poetry with abstract electronic music. A collaborative book with paintings by Los Angeles artist Mark Dutcher, Ruins of a glittering palace, was published by SPA/Commonwealth Projects. Her most recent poetry chapbook is Score and Bone on Nomadic Press, and her poetry was featured in artist Megan Wilson's mural, Flower Interruption, a public artwork in the exhibition Flower Power at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum. She is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito.

Giavanna Ortiz De Candia is a Bay Area writer, musician and photographer. Her writing includes satirical essays, creative nonfiction and fiction writing. Her music is a mixture of punk rock and folk, influenced by Patti Smith, Daniel Johnston, The Velvet Underground and Elliott Smith. She has played in the band 'The Open Minds’ with her sister, who plays drums, for many years, together they create a very instinctive sound that is truly their own. Her photography is inspired by street photography capturing the world around her and the subtlety that exist in the shapes of architecture, gestures and facial expressions exchanged between people within their everyday environments. She is an active member of the Bay Area literary community, reading at Naked Bulb, and playing her music at Nomadic Press. Giavanna continues working on photographic and writing projects finding ways for the two to be set in dialogue with each other and completing her 2 year project where she corresponded with a man in Federal prison for a white collar crime.