Am taking a break after the Third Place reading below, but if you want to schedule me for a reading in the fall (virtual or otherwise) please use the contact form here at betsyaoki.com and let me know!
July 8 7 p.m. PDT In-Person In conversation with Cookie Hiponia (Author of We Belong), at Third Place Books Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115, USA
Dedicated to all the women in tech making it happen!
I see you.
More info about awards Breakpoint poems have won, full blurbs (from Jericho Brown, Kimiko Hahn, Colleen J. McElroy, Dorothy Barresi, Elisa C. Page) , resources for book clubs and poetry workshops can be found on the permanent landing page here.
Breakpoint’s cover is an amazing piece of art called THIS WAY UP by Yejin Park.
I had originally begun working with another amazing artist, Cathy Kwan but found due to unforeseen circumstances, they needed to refer me to someone else. They noticed that there was already a work in existence that seemed to have a lot of the elements we talked about for the “Coder Girl” persona and the need for circuitry textures, and when I saw there was a fragile sticker on her cheek that was it! Breakpoint!
Yejin was really easy to work with and 10/10 would work on a cover again!
The cover reveal is happening in time for the pre-orders coming online.
I was over the moon to learn “Slouching like a velvet rope” won the Auburn Witness Poetry Prize Honoring Jake Adam York for 2021, and very blessed to have shared a stage with the judge, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown, in October 2021.
It’s of course only now I have time to post any of the reading photos here on my web site….