Two Asian Americans have been selected for a month-long residency in Port Townsend by the Centrum Foundation, as part of the 2022 Emerging Artists and Writers Residency.
Frank Abe and Josephine Lee will join eight other residents at Fort Worden in October.
Abe – a resident writer – is the co-author of the graphic novel, “WE HEREBY REFUSE: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration”.
He has worked to reframe the public’s understanding of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II since helping to create the first Day of Remembrance for Camps in the Campaign for Reparations and Reparations.
For his Centrum residency, he will work on a project to bring these stories to life. He has contributed to Ishmael Reed’s Konch Magazine, The Bloomsbury Review and others, and is an alumnus of the Port Townsend Writers Conference.
He blogs at Resisters.com.
Informed by a lifetime of movement across the United States, Canada, and South Korea, Lee’s interdisciplinary practice addresses the psychic violence of cultural assimilation and naturalization through migration, as well as issues of ecological justice. and race within technology. Lee is a resident artist.