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Chopsticks Alley Art is creating an “Asian American Healing Guide: Art, Nature, and Meditation,” a workbook featuring parks in the Bay, art-making activities, mental health tips, and meditations to address mental wellness in the Asian community. 


We will include original poems and drawings/paintings from the Bay Area's  Asian Artists. The book will be published in the Fall of 2023.


We are accepting submissions from August 20-September 15, 2022.


Community partner and sponsor
Peninsula Open Space Trust





This program is supported in part by a grant from California Arts Council
Learn more at


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Submission guidelines:

Open to all Asian American poets, writers, and artists in the Bay Area. Artists and poets of all ages and levels of experience are encouraged to apply. 


The prompt is flexible, but your drawings, paintings, or poems should speak to how your culture views nature, art, and healing and how your Asian heritage intersects with these three topics.


Poems: 1000 characters or less.  

Drawing/paintings: High-resolution images. 

You may submit no more than three (3) poems/drawings/paintings.

Selection Process:


Spoken Word Artist and Community Organizer Lindsey Leong, aka HELLA Famous, will work with a committee to select the 3-5 poems for the book.


Visual Art:

Executive Artistic Director and Creative Director Trami Cron will work with a committee to select 3-5 visual art submissions.


What to expect:

Selected poets/artists will receive a $100 stipend and have their works published. Additionally, poets will be invited to read their poems, and visual artists will have their art on exhibit at our book launch party in 2023 at Open San Jose, a new art and civic center located downtown.

For more information, contact Lindsey Leong, aka HELLA famous at or Chopsticks Alley Art at


Good luck, poets and artists. We can’t wait to see your work.

Submit your works to

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