art by the feral artist
Born and raised in Carson, CA, Sumiko Braun is a writer whose work is largely influenced by her experiences as a working single mother, as a queer mixed-race woman of color, and as a Buddhist peace and justice advocate. She just released her first poetry chapbook, Becoming: A Journey to Complete Samsara (2009), which can be purchased on Blacklava (http://www.blacklava.net).
Sumiko has featured at several southern California events and venues, including Tuesday Night Café, Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) Generations Stage, Model of Pride Youth Conference at Occidental College, Queer People of Color Conference at UC San Diego, GenderQueer Revolution's Cabaret Performance and Visual Art Exhibit, Trans/Giving, Trans/Giving Express at UC Los Angeles and Pomona College, Carson Student Movement's CONNEXIONS, Gardena High School Taskforce's Alabaza, and at Concerts 4 Cats for the Long Beach Women's Music, Art, and Dance Festival. She has been published in the Mixt Up Productions All Mixed Up chapbook, and is a former member of the 2006 CSU Long Beach Poetry Slam Team.
Sumiko also works with One Imagination, a community-based arts organization in the Long Beach/South Bay area, and holds a BA in Asian American Studies from CSU Long Beach.