From Tashi Ko (Midnight Tea in Bangkok)

Tashi Ko sent me this appeal. SHE is the global dynamo who deserves support for her latest project and modest request:

Hi Paul,

I could use a little bit of luck right now in the form of a windfall and wanted to virtually squeeze your hand for some of that magical goodness that makes you the dynamo you are!

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Go Tashi Ko

I’ve been invited to host a Miko Kuro’s Midnight Tea in Bangkok, Thailand at La Lanta Fine Art Gallery next month. Anastacia Tolbert will be the Featured Artist at this 3-hr Self-Care Ritual for Women. At the beginning of 2014, Anastacia helped me to host a 6-hr Self-Care Ritual for Women of Color at CORE Gallery in downtown Seattle.

The event was phenomenal and we both knew we had to continue the work we started.

On October 11th, Anastacia and I will work with Bangkok artists across disciplines to create an alternate universe wherein the women present become Living Treasures worthy of our ultimate care and attention. I chose Bangkok as the location for this event for obvious reasons– due to sex tourism, trafficking, and high rates of prostitution, women in great numbers there are being systematically exploited (often from childhood). This is an attempt to make even a small positive difference.

If you can help by spreading the word about the project and/or by making a donation, you will be gratefully acknowledged on the website here. Every dollar brings us closer to our goal of $3000 for two tickets to Bangkok, but your support is invaluable!

For more information on the project and to make a donation, please visit: www.mikokuro.com.

In creativity,
Natasha Marin
(aka Tashi Ko & Miko Kuro)

About Splabman

Poet/interviewer Paul Nelson:

Founded: SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival

Wrote: American Sentences (2015), A Time Before Slaughter (2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013). His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 (Ranchos Press) as Tiovivo Tres Amigos.

Interviewed: Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Diane di Prima, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman, among others and is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, including the festival, a MOOC (Innovative Cascadia Poetry), interviews with Cascadia poets indigenous elders and activists, and the anthology Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. Paul is co-editor of that anthology as well as 56 Days of August the poetry postcard anthology and writes an American Sentence daily.

*MOOC = Massive Open Online Course

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