Tamiko Beyer

Writing for social change

Poets and Pints

I am reading at this fun series from Porter Square Books, which brings poetry to a local brewery. Join me for a pint and some poems!

Wednesday, September 12
6-7 Hang out, drink beer
7-8 Reading with Kirun Kapur and Lillian-Yvonne Betram

Aeronaut Brewing
14 Tyler St
Somerville, MA 02143


More info


New chapbook with Kimiko Hahn!

In the States, the front door opens right into the living room. I don’t know where to shed the outside, how to come inside.
— from "Genkan"

I'm thrilled to announce the release of Dovetail: Poems in Conversation and a Conversationa chapbook I co-authored with Kimiko Hahn and published by Slapering Hol Press.

Dovetail is a sequence of poems germinated from words Kimiko and I traded back and forth -- words from our childhood, words with meanings that echo and resound across decades and cultures: between the U.S. and Japan, across childhood and adulthood, between writer and reader.

And more than anything, it’s a chapbook driven by a playful spirit of experimentation and collaboration. As I say in the “Conversation” at the end of the book, it was a “practice in letting go of control, a way to stay curious and open, and a way to surprise myself.”

It’s available for order here. Check it out, let me know what you think, and tell me how you approach collaborations!

Two readings in April

Happy National Poetry month!

While April brings snow storms and chilly, sunny days, I'm gearing up for two poetry readings later this month with some of my fellow Kundiman poets. (#actualasianpoets) Check it out:

VOICES: Featuring APIA women, agender, and mixed gender poets

4/28, 7pm at the Boston Playwrights' Theatre
More info and RSVP here.

Poetry, Memory, and Salvaging: A Kundiman Reading

4/30, 11 am at the MassPoetry Fest in Salem
Website for the festival is here, my event page here.

Women Authoring Change

Earlier this month, I was featured on Hedgebrook's website.

Hedgebrook is a beautiful writer's retreat (or, as Gloria Steinem says, an advance) on Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest.  

Many years ago, I stayed for a month in a snug cottage called Fir, read a lot, and wrote even more. 

Hedgebrook asks nothing more of the writers they invite than to be present and take care of themselves and each other. It is a rare gift. I still feel incredibly for the radical hospitality I experienced and the community I found. Thank you, Hedgebrook!

Celebrating my birthday with my lunch basket and flowers from the garden

Celebrating my birthday with my lunch basket and flowers from the garden

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