“Aimee Suzara writes and performs with an unhurried beauty, lyricism, and love of words that contains all of her urgency and fierceness as a woman of color.” – Aya de Leon, poet/performer

Invite Aimee Suzara to work with you individually, for the following:

  • Individualized writing coaching with inspiring prompts, feedback, and guidance to get you to the next level and keep you motivated
  • Copyediting (developmental, mixed, or line-edit) for creative pieces and essays

Take a poetry and multi-genre creative writing workshop with Aimee at one of her affiliated institutions (see Calendar for forthcoming offerings) – most are online, asynchronous or at Zoom

Invite Aimee to your event, cultural center, conference, or classroom for the following:

• poetry readings or spoken word performances: sets of 15, 20, 30, or 45 minutes

• speeches, discussions and lectures on various topics, including:

  • arts and activism
  • poetry for social justice
  • Asian-American and Filipino poetry, identity, experience
  • arts and literacy; arts education
  • the craft of poetry
  • writing for the page and the stage
  • the artist as spokesperson for culture
  • using poetry in the classroom
  • Filipino-American identity
  • queer identity, gender
  • women in writing
  • collaborating with dance, music and theater
  • environmental justice

• performance-workshops or performance-lecture combinations

Please inquire at booking@aimeesuzara.net for booking and rates. At least one month advance notice is requested for local events, and three months for non-local events.

Highlighted Recent Collaboration: “Echoes” of San Francisco. Aimee worked with poets / performers and Youth Speaks, Campo Santo, Living Earth Show and the illustrious orchestra Kronos Quartet on a staged theater-music performance at the Herbst Theater in 2017 and was re-mounted in 2020.  Read the article in KQED: https://www.kqed.org/arts/13811004/echoes-kronos-quartet-youth-speaks-impacts-of-gentrification

PREVIOUS PRESENTATIONS AND PANELS – Selected

  • Workshops for Queer Cultural Center (Oakland, San Francisco), Artist Statements and Bios (for QCC artists and the public), 2020, 2021
  • “National Monuments: Poetry in Contested Spaces” Presenter, AWP (2017)
  • Guest Artist/Speaker, A/PA Institute, NYU, “America & Its Unfit: Eugenics Then & Now” (2015)
  • Guest Lecturer, Center for Women Writers, Salem College, North Carolina (Fall 2014)
  • Featured Workshop Facilitator, Northwest Filipino American Student Association Conference (2014)
  • Featured Workshop Instructor and Reader for Writer’s Week, UC Riverside (2014)
  • “Race, History and the Body: Social Acts of Writing– Moderator and Presenter, AWP (2015)
  • “Social Action Writing: Our Words in the World” – Moderator and Presenter, AWP (2014)
  • “Be/aring Anger: Race in the Creative Writing Classroom– Moderator and Presenter, AWP (2013)
  • “Meeting in the Margin: Discourses on Reading and Writing” (ECCTYC) Brunch Speaker, CA (2011)
  • Mills College Annual Professional Development Conference Presenter, CA (2008, 2011, and 2013)
  • Marin Academy Literary Festival – Presenter/performer, San Rafael, CA (2011 and 2009)
  • Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month – Featured presenter/Performer, CSU Monterey Bay (2009)
  • “Immigration Politics and the Body” – Panelist, Counterpulse, San Francisco, CA (2009)
  • Pilipino Cultural Night – Keynote speaker/performer, Kaibigan at Portland State University (2008)
  • Queer Pin@y Conference at UC Berkeley – Keynote Speaker and Performer (2008)

LITERARY READINGS AND PERFORMANCES

  • Featured Poet, Thou Art Woman (based in Fort Lauderdale, FL), May 2021
  • Featured Poetry reading and workshop hosted by UC Merced Department of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures (September 2020)
  • Collaborative performance/Spoken Word Opera “Echoes” with Kronos Quartet, Living Earth, Campo Santo, Youth Speaks at Herbst Theater and ODC (2017 and 2020)
  • Featured poet at Jingletown Open Mic, Oakland (online) (October 2020) and live in 2018
  • Featured poet for the “Celebrating the Impossible” as part of the Impossible Summit (May 2020)
  • Featured poet at Speaking Axolotl Poetry reading focused on Filipino and Latinx and bilingual poets, Oakland, CA (2018)
  • Featured headlining poet at East Bay Soul Café, three times (2016-2018), CSU Hayward
  • Featured playwright/convocation speaker, Bridgwater College (May 2017)
  • Featured headlining poet, TownBiz Art Gallery, Oakland (March  2017)
  • Featured poet, Transformative Visions, Oakland (April 2017)
  • Featured Poet for Asian American and Pacific Heritage Month at Skyline College (May 2016)
  • Featured poet at “America & Its Unfit: Eugenics Then and Now,” A/P/A Institute, New York University (2015)
  • Featured Poet Featured Poet, Litquake at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (May 2014)
  • Featured Performer, SFJazz Poetry Festival, curated by Ishmael Reed;
  • “Inside the Mind  of  Aimee  Suzara,”  Guest Presenter, Fresno City College (April 2014)
  • UVerse, University of Miami, FL – Featured Performer (2013)
  • Utah Literary Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, UT – Featured Performer (2013)
  • Featured poet  sponsored  by  Atlanta  Queer  Literary  Festival  at  Charis  Books,  Atlanta, GA (2012).
  • Featured poet at Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC (2013)
  • Women’s History Month Festival – Featured Performer, City College  of  San  Francisco,  CA  (2009)
  • APIQWTC (API  Queer  Women  / Transgender Community) Banquet, Feature, San Francisco, CA (2008);
  • APAture Festival –Featured Performer, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco (2008)

THEATER and CROSS-GENRE DEVELOPMENT and PRODUCTIONS

  • Commission for writing, development, production of play (untitled) on Sappho by Cutting Ball Theater, 2020-2021
  • TINY FIRES selected and developed by Custom Made Theater for Undiscovered Works Festival (2021)
  • TINY FIRES public table reading by Ubuntu Theater (2018)
  • TINY FIRES full-length script development and staged reading presented by Planet Earth Arts (2015-2017)
  • “TINY FIRES” 10-minute-play staged reading at Stanford University, Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival (2018)
  • A History of the Body (multidisciplinary theater) production at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (see Awards for list of sponsors and commissioners below) (2013). A History of the Body presented by CSUMB’s World Theater, sponsored by Humanities and Communication Department, Otter Cross-Cultural Center (2013)
  • Short Plays selected and staged by Playground: “Gabriela Silang: Woman Warrior” (2017), “The Last Bedtime Story” (2017) “The Bedtime Story” – picked for People’s Choice (2016), “Designer Babies” (2014), “Simmering Tomatoes” (2013) premiered at the Berkeley Repertory Theater
  • “Hands Up,” “Making Noise/Making Joy,” “Where are You From?” and “Have You Heard About That Show?” selected for and premiered at the FlashPlays Festival by Playwright’s Foundation (2013-2016)
  • “New Oakland” and “No One’s Here,” premiered at the One Minute Play Festival (2013); “Connect”
  • selected for and premiered at the One Minute Play Festival (2012)
  • Pagbabalik (Return) (multidisciplinary theater) production presented by Las Positas College Department of Arts and Communication and Theatre Department (2007), presented by La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley (2006), presented by Bindlestiff Studios, San Francisco (2006), featured at Kularts’ “Pinay Stories,” Somarts, San Francisco (2007), presented by La Pena Cultural Center (2006), selected for APAture festival (Kearny Street Workshop), Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco (2006),selected for STREAMfest: Emerging Performance Festival, COUNTERpulse, SF (2006)
  • Theatre and Dance Collaborations: with Deep Waters Dance Theater for “Our Daily Bread” (2008-2011), with Kreatibo for “Dalagas and Tomboys: A Family Affair” (2004) and Dancers Without Borders (2001-2003)