March 30, 2019
AWP Conference, Portland, Oregon
Writing Our Way Home: Third Culture Kids
Panel with Lillian Howan, Amy Lam, Michelle Chikaonda, Anne Liu Kellor. The literature of immigration tends to focus on the contrast between the country of origin and the destination country. But what about Americans shaped by two or more other cultures, whose multilayered identities defy easy categorization? Taking inspiration from writers like Pico Iyer, Karen Tei Yamashita, and Jhumpa Lahiri, these readers explore what it means to be a Third Culture Kid—the invaluable lessons and inevitable losses that create a more nuanced and complex definition of “home.”
March 28, 2019
AWP Conference, Portland, Oregon
Decolonize This: The New Global Travel Writing Canon Panel with Faith Adiele, Amy Gigi Alexander, Amy Lam, Laurie McMillin, Anu Taranath. Travel writing is exploding in popular culture, literature, and classrooms—bringing the world to the page. But travel publishing continues to be segregated, reinforcing colonial attitudes and Western privilege. This panel provides practical tips from editors and teachers actively decolonizing the canon. We share our efforts to update the genre, teach responsible travel practices, and find, mentor, edit, publish, and broadcast voices from marginalized communities and tourist destinations.
March 18, 2018
Become StrongHer Conference 2018, University of Florida
Keynote speaker Amy Lam, presented by APIA Affairs and Kappa Phi Lambda at UF.
February 2, 2018
Violet Valley Bookstore Opening, Water Valley, Mississippi
Celebrating the grand opening of queer feminist bookshop with Sarah Sgro, Amy Lam, Julian Randall, and Lara Avery.
August 9, 2017
Whitenoise // De-Canon: A Visibility Project, Portland, Oregon
The Whitenoise project is a reading and discussion series aiming to center voices from underrepesented communities, featured at the UNA Gallery. Readers: Amy Lam, Alyssa Ogi, Consuelo Wise, Rachel Springer
February 11, 2017
AWP Conference, Washington D.C.
When Safe Spaces Aren’t: (Re)Imagining for a Multicultural Creative Space
Panel with Alyss Dixson, Jennifer Baker, Amy Lam, Metta Sama. The term safe space has become the new buzzword for nurturing or supporting. This panel will describe how structural bias and inequity can mask the architecture of Whiteness by unpacking the term and decoding the cultural ideologies underpinning these spaces. It will seek to help writers of color and allies (re-)imagine multicultural creative spaces.
December 6, 2016
Broken English IV, Oxford, Mississippi
Poetry by Jennifer Franny Key & prose by Amy Lam
November 4, 2016
LitCrawl x PCoC presents: In/Visible, Portland, Oregon
Hosted by Jenna Marie Fletcher, with appearances & space-taking & melanin & visibility by: Amy Lam, Anna Vo, Jamondria Marnice Harris, Julian Smuggles, and Kalimah Abioto
May 29, 2016
À Reading, Portland, Oregon
Performances by Amy Lam, Jamondria Marnice Harris, A.M. O'Malley, Elizabeth Hall, and Robert Torres.
February 19, 2015
Margin Shift, Seattle, Washington
Jane Wong and Josh Fomon hosts writers Feliz Lucia Molina, Amy Lam, and Casandra Lopez.
October 22, 2015
Lit Crawl: A Kundiman Reading, Seattle, Washington
Michelle Peñaloza hosts this event featuring Amy Lam, Neil Aitken, and Rick Barot, all fellows from the annual Kundiman Asian-American literature retreat.
September 6-7, 2014
Mortified, Portland, Oregon
Mortified celebrates stories revealed through the strange and extraordinary things we created as kids. This reading was adapted into a podcast episode.