Poetry Readings


Belladonna Series | And/With Litmus: Myung Mi Kim, Sawako Nakayasu, & Jai Arun Ravine | Abrons Arts Center, New York City (December 4, 2017)


AMBIENT ASIAN SPACE @ LIVE at Kelly Writers House | 3805 Locust Walk, 7pm, Philadelphia (October 31, 2016) {Click here to listen to our intro} {Click here to listen to our set}

NYC Book Release for Annah Anti-Palindrome’s DNA HYMN and Jai Arun Ravine’s THE ROMANCE OF SIAM with Damien Luxe and Lettie Laughter | Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St., 7pm, New York City (October 29, 2016)

FO’HLL (Frank O’Hara’s Last Lover) with Rod Smith and Alexa Smith | Sam’s Morning Glory Diner, 735 S. 10th St., 7:30pm, Philadelphia (October 1, 2016)

Cantíl Reading Series | Qilombo, 2313 San Pablo Ave, 6:30pm, Oakland (June 20, 2016)

Oakland Book Release for Jai Arun Ravine’s THE ROMANCE OF SIAM (Timeless, Infinite Light) and Miriam Ching Yoon Louie’s NOT CONTAGIOUS–ONLY CANCER (Rabbit Roar) with special guests Arisa White and ieumsae | Myns Warehouse, 2300 A Market Street, 8p, Oakland (June 17, 2016)

Poetry Reading in the Dreamboat Backyard! Featuring Emily Abendroth, Jai Arun Ravine, Tessa Micaela, Zoe Tuck, Brittany Billmeyer-Finn and Madison Davis | 4419 Baltimore Ave, 6:30p, Philadelphia (May 26, 2016)

Kundiman presents VOICES: Featuring APIA women, agender and mixed gender poets | Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 7pm, Boston (April 28, 2016)

New Poetry Books in Philly: Salas-Rivera, Ravine, Ojeda-Sague, Zuzga | L’etage, 7:30pm, Philadelphia (April 27, 2016)


Haunting Voices: Open Mic and Salon with Michelle Myers and Catzie Vilayphonh of Yellow Rage and Suzie Afridi, curated by Leeway Foundation | Twelve Gates Arts, Philadelphia (November 19, 2015)

Housework at Chapterhouse with Joohyun Kim and Marissa Perel, curated by Mel Bentley and Marion Bell | Chapterhouse, Philadelphia (October 10, 2015)

Conundrums of Order with Eileen G’ Sell and Karla Kelsey, curated by Brenda Iijima | Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY (July 12, 2015)

The Hundy: Grand Finale | E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore, Oakland (January 31, 2015)


Serpents of the Rainbow Poetry Reading Featuring Oscar Bermeo, Sandra Garcia Rivera, Raina León, Jai Arun Ravine, and harold terezon | 7-9 PM | @ Alter Space, 1158 Howard Street, San Francisco (November 7, 2014)

Kundiman: NorCal @ Beast Crawl [with Jay Santa Cruz, Henry W. Leung, Rona Luo and Jennifer Crystal Chien | curated by Dan Lau] @ Farley’s East, Oakland (July 12, 2014)

Durga Press / Mg Roberts’ book launch @ Rasheed Photography Studio, Oakland [with Amber DiPietra, Steffi Drewes, Erika Staiti] (April 6, 2014)


Kearny Street Workshop presents APAture 2013 Literary Night @ 50 Mason Social House, San Francisco (October 18, 2013) [Featured Artist]

What Where Series with Lisa Linn Kanae and Amina Cain @ Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa University, Boulder, CO (October 1, 2013)

Bay Area Poetry Marathon @ The Public School, curated by Tom Comitta and Donna de la Perriere, Oakland (July 27, 2013)

Book Launch for Lee Herrick @ UC Berkeley, Barrows Hall, Barbara Christian Room 554 (April 16, 2013)

SALTA/PPP, Featuring Carol Swann, Jai Arun Ravine, Mario Gonzales, Maureen Freehill (WA), Tessa Wills, Tom Comitta, with a live interview of Tere O’Connor (NY/IL) by Monique Jenkinson, guest curated by Abby Crain and Margit Galanter @ 1431 Center Street, Oakland (March 18, 2013) [Video footage here beginning at about 4:00]

Delta Mouth Literary Festival @ LSU (Hopkins Blackbox Theater), curated by Min Kang and Jackie Kari, with Feng Sun Chen, Monica Mody and Ji Yoon Lee, Baton Rouge, LA (March 15, 2013)

Writers With Drinks, Featuring Alexis Madrigal, Jai Arun Ravine, Oscar Bermeo, Phil Lapsley and Clarisse Thorn, curated by Charlie Jane Anders @ The Make Out Room, San Francisco (March 9, 2013)

Namjai: A Tribute Anthology of Bay Area Asian Pacific Islander Poets release party, hosted by The ReWrite @ SoleSpace, Oakland (February 23, 2013) [Footage here]


Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network presents its 4th Annual Holiday Literary Night, with Lan Duong, Barbara Jane Reyes and Margaret Rhee @ The Infinity, San Francisco (December 28, 2012)

Kearny Street Workshop/Litquake event: I Give You My Word: Three Generations of Asian American Writers @ I-Hotel Manilatown Center, San Francisco (October 10, 2012) [Footage by Evan Karp]

Small Press Traffic: a reading and conversation with Meg Day, Michelle Naka Pierce and Jai Arun Ravine, curated by Samantha Giles @ ATA, San Francisco (October 7, 2012)

Giovanni Singleton and Jai Arun Ravine, curated by Jerry Thompson @ Books Inc, Alameda (June 16, 2012)

Lone Glen Reading Series with Raina Leon, curated by Alexandra Mattraw, San Francisco (May 12, 2012)

AAWAA presents Asian American Women and Her Digital/Real Body: A Visual Poetics, curated by Margaret Rhee @ La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley (May 10, 2012)

Taking Root: Our Stories, Our Community, Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center Community Event @ 518 Valencia, San Francisco (May 3, 2012)

AAWAA presents The Enchanted Loom: Writers, Artists and the Brain, curated by Pireeni Sundaralingam @ Thoreau Center for Sustainability, San Francisco (April 28, 2012)

A Page Between Poem and Song, curated by Judy Halebsky @ NOHspace, San Francisco (April 16, 2012)

Stop the Sentence – A Night of (Inter) Active Readings, Red Rover Reading Series @ Outer Space Studio, Chicago (March 3, 2012)

Ancestors: A Queer Writers of Color Reading @ Center on Halstead, Chicago (March 1, 2012)

Valentine’s Day Hangover: A Kearny Street Workshop Reading Celebrating the Chapbook, curated by Debbie Yee @ ARC Studios & Gallery, San Francisco (February 15, 2012)

The Blood-Jet Writing Hour web radio show with Margaret Rhee, hosted by Rachelle Cruz (January 25, 2012)

Forks, Knives and Pens, curated by Cheena Marie Lo, Oakland (January 21, 2012)

Goodbye Rabbit! curated by Miranda Tsang and Sally Wen Mao, featuring Dan Lau, Carolyn Ho, Debbie Yee, Vickie Vertiz and Rona Luo @ 826 Valencia, San Francisco (January 13, 2012)


Small Press Traffic panel discussion led by Barbara Jane Reyes on APIA poetries and the avant-garde, with Margaret Rhee, Eileen Tabios, Truong Tran and Jean Vengua @ Artist Television Access, San Francisco (December 18, 2011)

Canessa Park Reading Series with Amber DiPietra and Denise Leto, curated by Nico Peck @ Canessa Gallery, San Francisco (December 12, 2011)

Small Press Distribution Open House reading with Pamela Lu, Marvin K. White, Donna de la Perrière, and Judith Goldman, curated by Laura Moriarty, Berkeley (December 4, 2011)

Acts of Love/Gifts for Change Fundraiser and Silent Auction @ Eastside Arts Alliance, Oakland (November 18, 2011)

Multicultural and Community Alumni Dinner for Bridges Multicultural Resource Center and One Week: Celebrating 15 Years of Reclaiming Diversity @ UC Berkeley (October 14, 2011)

New Poetry Books by Margaret Rhee, Jai Arun Ravine and Kevin Simmonds @ 554 Ashbury, San Francisco (August 27, 2011)

Red Rover Reading Series Experiment #48: Magnetic Affinities and Altered Relations, with Zihan Loo and Oli Rodriguez, curated by Marissa Perel @ Outer Space Studio, Chicago (July 16, 2011)

Re-stacking the Deck: A Cave Canem and Kundiman Poetry Reading @ Eastwind Books of Berkeley (June 5, 2011) [Co-organizer and MC]

working [class] reading series #2: an akilah oliver celebration, curated by Michelle Puckett and Amber DiPietra, Oakland (June 3, 2011)

DVAN (Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network) Holiday Fundraiser @ Infinity Complex, San Francisco (January 14, 2011)


Changed: Poetry You Can Believe In (A Post-Election Campaign) @ I-Hotel Manilatown Heritage Center, San Francisco (November 3, 2010)

Kundiman West Poetry Reading @ Eastwind Books of Berkeley (August 21, 2010) [Co-organizer]

West Coast Kundiman Reading, Part 3 @ Eastwind Books of Berkeley (July 11, 2010) [Co-organizer and reader]

The Moles Not Molar Reading Series presents A Beyond Peachy Pastiche of Perambulations, Utterance, and Light-Born Imagery featuring Kate Dollenmayer, Tessa Micaela and Jai Arun Ravine @ Wooden Shoe Books, Philadelphia (June 21, 2010)

Kundiman West Berkeley Reading and Chapbook Release Party @ UC Berkeley (May 29, 2010) [Co-organizer and reader]


Launch party for The Body as a Site of Discrimination @ El Rio, San Francisco (June 19, 2009)

Uni-T, benefit for Trans March @ El Rio, San Francisco (May 28, 2009)


Trans March @ Dolores Park, San Francisco (June 27, 2008)

Movement Research Spring Festival @ Judson Memorial Church, New York City (May 29, 2008)


kari edwards memorial reading @ Edge Gallery, Denver (March 10, 2007)


Podcast on queer and mixed race borderlands and a performance of “letters of a drag language” for Addicted to Race (August 28, 2006)

Presentations, Panels and Conferences


Thinking Its Presence Conference at University of Arizona (October 19-21)

Pressure Points in the Language Contract: Interdisciplinary Text-based Performance
with Sawako Nakayasu, Violet Juno, and Jason Magabo Perez

Modes of Alteration: Aesthetics of Discomfort and Softening as Brown Heavenly Bodies
with Kimberly Alidio, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Angela Penaredondo, and Bishakh Som


UC Santa Cruz Spring 2015 Living Writers Series with Terri Witek | curated by Ronaldo V. Wilson (April 23, 2015)

University of Arizona | Skype visit with TC Tolbert’s Gender and Women’s Studies 300 – Trans and Genderqueer Literature course (April 27, 2015)

CSU East Bay – Hayward | Panel presentation for General Studies course organized by Nina Haft (April 28, 2015)


“Mixed Race, Mixed Gender, Mixed Genre: Finding the Felt Sense of ‘Experimental'” presentation and Tom/Trans/Thai film screening @ “From Trauma to Catharsis: Performing the Asian Avant Garde” symposium, CIIS, San Francisco (August 23, 2014)

Trading Secrets: Art – Poetry – Practice [Reading and Panel] @ St. Mary’s College of California [with Nori Hara, Kevin Simmonds, Brenda Hillman, Paula Crawford, Alexandra Mattraw : panel moderated by Jeffrey Brown : curated by Raina J. León] (April 2, 2014)

Sonoma State University Queer Studies Lecture Series, Guest Speaker [curated by Tristan Josephson] (March 27, 2014)


“นิดน้อย Practical Vocabulary for Little Bilingual Dreamers” | Si cruzáramos y en el cruce nos cruzamos: Un experimento de espacio bilingüe // If We Crossed and in the Crossing We Crossed Each Other: An Experiment in Bilingual Space | Panel organized by Jen Hofer and John Pluecker / Antena | with Mónica de la Torre, Hugo García Manríquez, and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs | &NOW Festival 7: Off the Road @ University of Colorado, Boulder (September 28, 2013)

“Tom/Gay, Trans/Queer: Mixed Translations Across Thai and Thai American Trans-masculinities” paper presented at Genderqueer: A Spotlight on International Research @ Wolfson Research Exchange, University of Warwick Library, UK (April 29, 2013) [Curated by Ruth Pearce and Lyndsey Moon]

Classroom presentation @ UC Berkeley, Texture and Visuality in the Making of AND THEN ENTWINE and THE SPIDERBOI FILES, Instructor: Margaret Rhee (April 2, 2013)

Classroom presentation @ Mills College, Course: Craft of Poetry, Instructor: Susan Gevirtz (February 14, 2013)


North Asian American Poetry Collective: Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Ray Hsu, Tung-Hui Hu, Jai Arun Ravine, Cynthia Arrieu-King | Interchange, Transformation, Exuberance: North Asian American Poetry, Performance, and New Media | University of Washington Bothell Convergence on Poetics (September 29, 2012)

“Performance Possibilities” panel curated by Sueyeun Juliette Lee with Paolo Javier, Electronic Literature Conference, Morgantown, WV (June 23, 2012)

Film Screening and Artist Talk @ Pitzer College, Benson Auditorium, Claremont, CA (February 22, 2012)

Classroom presentation @ Pitzer College, Course: Writing the Body, Instructor: Brent Armendinger (February 23, 2012)


Classroom presentation @ UC Berkeley, Course: Asian American Studies r2b Summer Session, Instructor: Margaret Rhee (June 29, 2011)


“letters of a drag language” presentation for Gender Transgressive Individuals of the Asian Diaspora panel @ Butch Voices Conference (August 23, 2009)

Film Screenings


Tom / Trans / Thai for International Transgender Day of Visibility presented by TEAK – Trans Empowerment | Bangkok, Thailand (March 31, 2017)


Tom / Trans / Thai for xart splitta filmreihe | Berlin, Germany (April 14, 2016)

AmbientAsianSpace.gifs for SALTA is Timeless, Infinite Light | LoBot Gallery, Oakland, CA (January 29, 2016)


Tomboi Gatoey Mango Episode 1 @ (Un)spoken Intersections Screening at Performigrations [curated by Juli Saragosa], VIVO Media Arts, Vancouver, BC (August 22, 2015)

Tom / Trans / Thai @ mini.entzaubert, Athens, Greece (February 26, 2015)


Tom / Trans / Thai @ Octubre Trans BCN, Barcelona, Spain (October 23, 2014)

FAN CHRISTY (COVER) [KARAOKE MV] screens as part of “Chains of Love/Ties that Blind” shorts program curated by Việt Lê [with Studio Revolt, Erin O’Brien, Tina Takemoto, Hong-An Truong, and Ly Hoang Ly] | my gaze///yr gaze [curated by Irwin Swirnoff] @ n/a gallery, Oakland (September 21, 2014)

Tom/Trans/Thai @ Summer of Brown Boi event, hosted by The Brown Boi Project, Fresno State University, Fresno, CA (August 2, 2014)

Tom/Trans/Thai @ Anarchopride 2014, Stockholm, Sweden (July 30, 2014)

Tom/Trans/Thai @ 6th Entzaubert D.I.Y. Queer International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany (July 5, 2014)

Tom/Trans/Thai | Retheorising Gender and Sexuality: The Emergence of ‘Trans’ Seminar Series Event [Curated by Ruth Pearce] @ University of Warwick, UK (June 26-27, 2014)

Tom/Trans/Thai @ Refractions: Technologies of Queer Place Making | Art Gallery Exhibit Curated by Treva Ellison, Samuel Riera, Logbona Olukonee, and Christine Knight | Cuba (June 6-20, 2014)

Tomboi Gatoey Mango Episode 1 and The General Ridiculousness of Trying to Define Asian American Anything | Food Diaspora / Speisediaspora Film Program [Curated by Juli Saragosa] @ Innovate Heritage International Conference, Berlin, Germany (June 6-8, 2014)


Tom/Trans/Thai | Under New Management: Video Store @ Access Gallery [Curated by Su-Ying Lee and Suzanne Carte] Vancouver, BC (July 30 – September 7, 2013)

Fan Christy (Cover) [Karaoke MV] | Rats in Glitter Program, Frameline 37 [San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival] @ Roxie Theater, San Francisco (June 27, 2013)

Fan Christy (Cover) [Karaoke MV] | Queer Rebels presents SPIRIT: A Century of Queer Asian Activism [Films] @ Brava Theater, San Francisco (May 11, 2013)

Tom/Trans/Thai | CAAMFest 2013 Queer Convergence shorts program, San Francisco (March 17 and 20, 2013)

Fan Christy (Cover) [Karaoke MV] | Facing West/Looking East, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA (August 11, 2012 – January 13, 2013)


Fan Christy (Cover) [Karaoke MV] | Queer Rebels Winter Shindig @ El Rio, San Francisco (December 9, 2012)

Fan Christy (Cover) [Karaoke MV] | Chains of Love/Ties that Blind: The Shadows of Empire video program curated by Việt Lê, with Anida Yoeu Ali and Masahiro Sugano (Studio Revolt), Tina Takemoto, Erin O’Brien and Hong-an Truong @ UP Film Institute and Green Papaya Art Projects, Quezon City, Philippines (November 27-30, 2012) and @ Mami Art Center (MAC), Ha Noi, Viet Nam (December 5, 2012)

Fan Christy (Cover) [Karaoke MV] | MIX NYC @ Mix Factory, Brooklyn, NY (November 14, 2012)

Tom/Trans/Thai installation and Fan Christy (Cover) [Karaoke MV] | Past Present | Future Imperatives: Queer Space Time with Viet Le, Genevieve Erin O’Brien and Tina Takemoto @ Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles (February 25 – March 24, 2012)


Tom/Trans/Thai and TomboiGatoeyMango Episodes 1 and 2 | My People Film Series Shorts Program [with Jillian Peña, curated by Soham Patel, Colleen Jankovic and Joseph Hall] @ Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh, PA (November 8, 2011)

Tom/Trans/Thai | Dirtstar Take Root 2011 @ Tenderloin National Forest, San Francisco (June 19, 2011)

Tom/Trans/Thai | “Chiang Mai Now!” exhibition @ Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand (April 7 – June 19, 2011)


!smileyfaceheart, STRATA, BLINDVOICE BLINDSIDE, TOMBOIGATOEYMANGO Episode 1 | ArtFag #15 @ Million Fishes Collective, San Francisco (August 8, 2010)


!smileyfaceheart | Tranny Fest @ Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory, San Francisco (November 7, 2009)

Dance and Multimedia Performance


Performing “Christy Gibson” in Shadow Play curated by Marissa Perel at BAX, New York City (March 3, 2017)

Oceanic End: 3 of Cups directed by choreographer iele paloumpis | In the Works at Gibney Dance, New York City (January 8, 2017)


Oceanic End: 3 of Cups directed by choreographer iele paloumpis | DraftWork at Danspace Project, New York City (December 10, 2016)

Oceanic End (excerpt) | choreography by iele paloumpis in collaboration with Jai Arun Ravine | for Movement Research at Judson Church, New York City (January 11, 2016)


- -a bit of tackle dance solo choreographed by Qilo Matzen @ SOMArts [The News], San Francisco (November 4, 2014)

- -a bit of tackle [work in progress showing] dance solo choreographed by Qilo Matzen @ Milk Bar, Oakland (May 3, 2014)


Mid to West Dance Collective presents Go @ NOHspace, San Francisco (December 6 – 7, 2013)

Residency with choreographer Qilo Matzen @ Fancyland, Arcata, CA (July 5 – 7, 2013)


The News! @ SOMArts, curated by Kolmel, San Francisco (May 1, 2012)


Ms Tang Tang Show, Buriel Clay Theater @ African American Art & Culture Complex, San Francisco (June 23, 2011)

my heart eats with its hands” collaborative performance piece with Charleston Chu for Rally the Troupes VII @ Mills College, Oakland (September 16, 2011)

The Nature of Nomenclature: An Exploration of (Re)Naming Within Queer Communities @ Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley [Artist in Residency program] (February 25-26, 2011) [Co-organizer and performer]

“My Funny Valentine” solo with video and group pieces with Freeplay Dance Crew | “Chet and Ella” @ The Garage, San Francisco (November 17-18, 2010) and (January 26, 2011)


Make Drag Not War 2 @ Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco (October 31, 2010)

Squart: Spontaneous Queer Art @ The Lab, San Francisco (October 30, 2010)

45×45: An Experiment on Collaboration presented by THEOFFCENTER @ Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco (October 6, 2010)

In-progress showing of TOMBOIGATOEYMANGO live performance | Subterranean Performance Investigation Salon #1 @ Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley (September 19, 2010)

gender < moving: queer bodies/home, in collaboration with iele paloumpis and niv Acosta, Philadelphia (June 25, 2010)


Member of The Rice Kings, a Bay Area Asian & Pacific Islander drag king troupe (2008-2009). Performances included Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture 2008, APIQWTC Lunar New Year Banquet 2008, and the A&PI and Trans Stages at San Francisco LGBT Pride 2008.