BODY: Phnom Penh’s Poetry Series and Open-Mic February 18th at Java Café

In our first event of the new year, BODY Poetry Series kicks off with three wonderful features, Canadian journalist David Walker, who will be reading from his most recent book “Hello My Big Big Honey,” Salvadorian poet inspired by the Beats, Antonio Pineda, and Cambodian artist and poet Chath pierSath.

Following our feature poets, our open-mic segment opens the floor to anybody wanted to share their poems, songs, or other unique form of spoken-word. Come join us.

Cheap drinks and Angkor beer cans for just $1.

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David Walker

David is a journalist and author featured in several publications, including The Toronto Star and The Nation. Amongst his diverse activities including having served in Northern Ireland with the British Army, having being Leonardo DiCaprio’s production consultant on the movie “The Beach” bouncing between Cambodia and Hollywood as a journalist.

He will be reading excerpts from his book “Hello My Big Big Honey”
chronicling the communiqué between foreign men in Bangkok and their local lovers. He is currently turning the book into a musical.

Antonio Pineda

Antonio Pineda is a Salvadorian poet, who came under the influence of Beat poet Michael McClure during the San Francisco renaissance. McClure also mentored another young poet who was to shape history, Jim Morrison, charismatic lead singer of the Doors.

Pineda was one of the founders of, the Straight Theatre in San Francisco.  He studied flamenco dance in Madrid with the flamenco stylists Juan Antonio de los Reyes, Maria Madalena, Ciro, Antonio del Castillo and Raul. He performed in California with Los Flamencos de Bronce.

He is the author of the underground novel, The Magick Papers. Minuit Aux Pere Lachaise, a theatre piece translated into French, by Antoine Blanc, is based on the novel as well as co-author of Dark Cabaret.

His poetry has been translated into French by Antoine Blanc. The poet is also a celebrated film essayist.

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Guest Feature: Chath pierSath

Born in Banteay Meanchey province, Cambodia, in 1970 Chath came to the United States as a refugee in 1981. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1993 from New College of California in International Service and Development and a MA in Community Social Psychology from UMASS Lowell.

Chath is a contemporary visual artist, a poet, and social worker. He wrote a collection of poems in letter form entitled “Letter to My Mother,” which was published in an anthology called Children of the Killing Fields, compiled by Dith Pran.

Other anthologies featurings Chath’s work include “Where the Road Begins, an anthology,” published by Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL). His poem, “The way I want to remember my Cambodia” appeared in The Merrimack Literary Review.  Another poem, “An Invocation for Cambodia” was featured in “Prayers for a Thousand Years.”

He is currently working on a collection of short stories and another poems accompanied by his paintings written in the voices of people living and dying of AIDS.  Chath has a yearly exhibition at Java Gallery, and he lives in Cambodia six months of the year and in the US six months.

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