The Poetry and Psychoanalysis interview series continues on March 21, 2015 with a program featuring the poet Brian Komei Dempster. The event is free and open to the public at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, 444 Natoma Street, from 11.30 am-1 pm. Forrest Hamer, poet and psychoanalyst, will lead the conversation.
Komei Dempster’s debut book of poetry, Topaz, was published by Four Way Books in 2013 and received the 2014-15 Bytes Book Award in Poetry. He is the editor of both From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America’s Concentration Camps (Kearny Street Workshop, 2001), which received a 2007 Nisei Voices Award from the National Japanese American Historical Society, and Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement (Heyday, 2011). He is a professor of rhetoric and language and a faculty member in Asian Pacific American
Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he where he received a Distinguished Teaching Award in 2010.
Currently, he divides his time between teaching and serving as Director of Administration for the Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies.