From the Lost and Found Department

ahmm 2024
May 6, 7pm

A reading of Joy Kogawa

Joy Kogawa & Poets


Sliding scale $15 – $25 – $40

Featuring readings by Joy Kogawa with

Renite Gosal

Johnny Trinh

Ange Yeung

Hari Alluri

Catherine Lewis

Herbert Fong

Alongside the esteemed author herself, an ensemble of poets will read excerpts from Joy Kogawa's collection, From the Lost and Found Department. Curated by Johnny Trinh, the ensemble will also be sharing their own works inspired by the collection. Joy Kogawa has intended From the Lost and Found Department to be her final book. Copies will be available for purchase at the event.

Co-Presented by

Joy Kogawa House

Vancouver Poetry House

Odd Meridian Arts

Creative space by Odd Meridian
910 Richards St. – Unit 204
Vancouver BC, V6B 1T3
Joy Kogawa; photo Samuel Engelking
Renite Gosal; photo Kiavash Bakrani
Johnny Trinh; photo Greg McKinnon
Ange Yeung; photo Tim Nguyen
Hari Alluri; photo Erik Haensel
Catherine Lewis; photo Jennifer Williams
Herbert Fong; photo Frayme Learning Institute

Joy Kogawa

Acclaimed author Joy Kogawa is best known as the author of Obasan (1981), a Canadian novel that has become essential reading for a nation. Obasan is based on Joy and her family’s forced relocation from Vancouver during the Second World War when she was six years old. The novel remains ‘a touchstone’ for the internment of Japanese Canadians during this era. Joy has also worked extensively to educate the public about this dark period in Canadian history and she actively fought for government redress.

Joy’s other novels for adults include Itsuka (1992, republished as Emily Kato in 2005) and The Rain Ascends (1995). Her works for children are Naomi’s Road (2005 – also produced as an opera by Vancouver Opera in 2005 and 2013) and Naomi’s Tree (2009). Since 1967, Joy has also published several poetry collections, including A Garden of Anchors: Selected Poems (2003).

Among her many honours, Joy has received an Order of Canada (1986), an order of British Columbia (2006) and, from the Japanese Government, an Order of the Rising Sun (2010) for "her contribution to the understanding and preservation of Japanese Canadian history."


Renite Manisha Gosal (she/her) is a spoken-word poet, writer and facilitator. She has performed and been published in zines in Canada and the United Kingdom. Her work weaves lived experience and mental health training to contemplate the essence of human existence and the beauty found in everyday simplicities.

Johnny D Trinh is the Artistic Director of Vancouver Poetry House and Founder of Stage to Page Performance Society. Additional highlights: a 2024 Writer-in-residence at the Historic Joy Kogawa House, Artist-in-residence at the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, and Banff Spoken Word Residency Alumnus. Johnny holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on Community-Engaged Art and Autoethnography. “It takes a community to build an artist ... whether we are nurtured by it, or resist against it.”

Ange Yeung (they/them) is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. They are a staff writer and reader at The Flat Ink. Their work is in Teen Vogue, X-RAY Lit Mag, and The Maine Review, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and has been recognized by The Poetry Society UK, Poetry In Voice, and Narrative Magazine.

Hari Alluri (he/him/siya) is author of The Flayed City (Kaya) and recent chapbook Our Echo of Sudden Mercy (Next Page). A widely published award-winning poet with many community collaborations, siya is co-editor of We Were Not Alone (CBAW) and co-founding editor at Locked Horn Press. He is a migrant settler on unceded Musqueam land, and says, viva Falastin. His next collection is forthcoming from Brick Books in 2025.

Catherine Lewis (she/her) is a Chinese Canadian writer based in Vancouver. Her debut poetry chapbook Zipless is a finalist for two Bisexual Book Awards, including Bi Writer of the Year. Her writing has been longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and published in various literary journals, including The Fiddlehead and PRISM international. A graduate of SFU’s Writer’s Studio, she is a two-time Banff Centre Literary Arts alumna.

Herbert Fong (they/them) is a queer and non-binary spoken word poet. A multi-disciplinary person, they are also a piano teacher and a mental health advocate. Herbert loves to write and perform poetry in various events like the Vancouver Poetry Slam, and is also a public speaker doing talks on mental health while striving to transform music education to be more positive and mental health-friendly. Herbert loves travel, photography, and meeting new people.

Creative space by Odd Meridian
910 Richards St. – Unit 204
Vancouver BC, V6B 1T3