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👋 I'm J-Ha.

That’s 90s-speak for Jennifer Hasegawa.

I'm a poet, photographer, and performance artist.

My poetry manuscript, La Chica’s Field Guide to Banzai Living, received the San Francisco Foundation’s Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award in 2014 and will be published by Omnidawn in Spring 2020. 🎉💃🏻🤓

My work appears in The Adroit JournalBamboo RidgeTule Review, the San Francisco Bay GuardianTransfer, and a forthcoming issue of Bennington Review.

I was born and raised in Hilo, Hawai‘i; and live in San Francisco.

Currently, I'm thinking a lot about paranormal phenomena, including alien encounters, Sinéad O'Connor, and cryptocurrency valuation models.

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Poetry

We loaded the children 
into capsules and shot them 
into space.

 

She was half his size, but her arm was light years long.
He was straight-backed and strode in never-been-wet boat shoes.
How his soft honey hair jerked when Schoolgirl knocked him down.

 

Tunisian sisters 
lived in a quaint flat downtown 
then, they moved into

a handful of dust. Have you 
been to Paris? What was it like?

 

Essays

 

Just over 25 years ago, on September 12, 1993, I stood in the humid early morning air at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral FL.

My co-workers from the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Lab and I were there to watch the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery, which held our telescope in its cargo bay.

 

How can it be that representative voices of this conference about women in computing — one rising to the top for the first 24 hours and one rising to the top a year later — are not the voices of women?

 

A few weeks ago, I accompanied a team of journalists to the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota to cover the peoples’ resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). I joined them as a photographer.

 

Radio

In this Flashpoints radio documentary, I talk with Hawai‘i County Mayor Harry Kim, Hawai‘i County Deputy Planner Daryn Arai, and Hawai‘ian language practitioner and educator, Kahi Wight.

 

 

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Performances

 

Upcoming

TBD

Past

  • Eves at The Beat, The Beat Museum, 2019

  • Bamboo Ridge 40th Anniversary Anthology Celebration, Mānoa Public Library, 2018

  • LitCrawl: Women Who Submit, The Women’s Building, 2018

  • Endangered Species; Enduring Values Anthology Release, Herbst Theater San Francisco Public Library, 2018

  • Silicon Agnes for “At the Inkwell SF,” Alley Cat Books, 2017

  • Bay Area Generations with Shizue Seigel, Hotel Rex, 2016

  • Slow Jam/Protest Song for “Resistance Radio Heart,” Arc Studios and Gallery, 2016

  • LitCrawl: Standing Strong: Japantown and Fillmore, Café La Bohème, 2016

  • Tule Review 2017 Launch, Sacramento Poetry Center, 2016

  • Geisha: a re-telling by hell courtesan for “Hungry Ghosts” for the Asian American Women Artists Association, I-Hotel Manilatown Center Gallery, 2015

  • Lower Haight Art Walk: Crown Roast, Cafe de Soleil, 2015

  • La Chica’s Field Guide to Banzai Living for San Francisco Foundation's Annual Literary Awards Reading, San Francisco Foundation, 2014

  • George Oppen in Werther Live, On the Radio for 11th Annual Poets Theater Festival, CounterPULSE, 2012

  • Sperm Wars for “At War,” SOMArts, 2012

  • Guerilla Geisha for “Poetry Rocks the Randall,” Randall Museum, 2010

  • Heroes for “CHANGED: Poetry You Can Believe In,” I-Hotel Manilatown Center Gallery, 2010