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I'm a writer, visual artist and community activist who explores complex intersections of history, culture and spirituality through prose, poetry and visual art. During my four decades in the arts, I've worked in many roles in many media—as an art director, cartographer, author, editor, book designer, and photographer. working in painting, printmaking, mixed media, installations as well as nonfiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry . As a Japanese 'American whose family was forced into American concentration camps after Pearl harbor, I'm passionate about the reclamation of history and culture and about social justice for everyone. I love to facilitate cross-cultural dialogues exploring across race, class, gender and national origin shape our lives. ​ To raise public awareness that 60% Bay 'Area residents are people of color, I founded Write Now! SF Bay in 2015. We support Bay Area BIPOC writers and artists through workshops, readings/events, and anthologies. www.WriteNowSF.com. My work with Write Now! was recently recognized with Jefferson Award from CBS San Francisco/KPIX 5)

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Shizue Seigel was born in 1946, shortly after her family's release from mass incarceration. She grew up in segregated Baltimore, Occupied Japan, California farm labor camps and skid-row Stockton. She’s a college dropout who learned by doing—from the Haight-Ashbury to Indian ashrams, from the corporate advertising to HIV prevention to San Francisco’s vibrant activist arts community. Her seven books include • A Century of 'Change: The Memoirs of Nellie Nakamura (2002, reprinted in 2020 as My First Hundred Years); • In Good Conscience: 'Supporting Japanese Americans during the Internment, • Distillations: Meditations on the Japanese American Experience, And the anthologies • Standing Strong! Fillmore & Japantown (2016) • Endangred Species, Enduring Values (2018) • Civil Liberties United (2019) • Essential Truths (2021) ​ Her viual art has been exhibited at
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