Guest Speaker: Brynn Saito – Following the Brush: Japanese Poetic Forms, Then & Now

Award-winning California poet, Brynn Saito, will discuss the zuihitsu, a form of prose-poetry writing that emerged during Japan’s 11th century. Closely translated as “following the brush,” zuihitsu collects observations, notes, personal feelings, and quotes in a seemingly random and associative manner, leading to surprising, poignant poetic expressions. Saito will discuss how this form—and how Japanese culture, more generally—informs her work. She will close with a short poetry reading, book signing, and Q & A.


Thursday, April 4, 2019

  • Cost: $10 ($7 for members)
  • Location: Morikami Theater
  • All tickets  are will-call and will be held at the theater door under your name for pick up starting at 6:00pm the day of the event.
  • Discussion led by Brynn Saito
  • Time: 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)

Online ticket sales have now closed.  Tickets will be available at the door starting at 6pm on April 4th, 2019.


Brynn Saito is a poet, educator, and organizer. She is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press and a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She also co-authored, with Traci Brimhall, the chapbook Bright Power, Dark Peace (Diode Editions, 2016). Brynn is a recipient of the Kundiman Asian American Poetry Fellowship and a California State Library Civil Liberties Public Education grant. Brynn co-directs the Yonsei Memory Project (YMP) with artist and farmer, Nikiko Masumoto. YMP utilizes arts-based inquiry to generate dialogue connecting the WWII incarceration of the Japanese American community with current struggles for justice. Brynn is currently an Assistant Professor in the Master of Fine Arts program at California State University, Fresno.



A collaboration with the Palm Beach Poetry Festival