Join us in person with Mesa Refuge alum Susan Kiyo Ito and Mesa Refuge Program Coordinator Eirinie Carson, in conversation about Susan’s new book, I Would Meet You Anywhere.
Growing up with adoptive nisei parents, Susan Kiyo Ito knew only that her birth mother was Japanese American and her father, white. But finding and meeting her birth mother in her early twenties was only the beginning of her search for answers, history, and identity. An account of love, what it’s like to feel neither here nor there, and one writer’s quest for the missing pieces that might make her feel whole, I Would Meet You Anywhere is the stirring culmination of Ito’s decision to embrace her right to know and tell her own story.
Held at the Dance Palace in Pt Reyes Station, CA
Susan Kiyo Ito
Susan is the co editor of the literary anthology A Ghost at Heart’s Edge: Stories and Poems of Adoption. Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. A MacDowell Fellow, she has also been awarded residencies at the Mesa Refuge, Hedgebrook, and BlueMountain Center. She has performed her solo show, The Ice Cream Gene, around the United States and adapted Untold Stories: Life,Love, and Reproduction for the theater. She writes and teaches in the Bay Area.
Eirinie is a writer and author; her first book, The Dead are Gods, was released in April 2023 (Melville House). She is a contributing writer to the online magazine, MOTHER. Eirinie is an activist and community organizer, working in partnership with Petaluma Blacks for Community Development and Petaluma for Reproductive Rights. She spearheaded the effort to organize a march in Petaluma against the overturning of Roe v. Wade, gathering 500 people in 48 hours. She also works with TIDE, the Team for Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity in the Petaluma school system. Eirinie is also a brand ambassador for Doen, a socially conscious clothing company working towards sustainability and equity. She comes to the Mesa Refuge with more than a decade of social media experience, running the accounts of various organizations.
Registration coming soon on Point Reyes Books website.
*This event is held independently at the community center. Please contact the organizer directly for up-to-date information regarding the event, including mask policies.
Please note, masks are still requested in the common spaces in the Dance Palace; masks are available in the lobby. We thank you for your cooperation.