To celebrate its first year of establishment, the Qidong Poetry Salon (齊東詩舍) will host a month-long series of poetry recitals and forums for writers throughout August.
Spearheaded by Lo Sirong (羅思容), Taiwan's famed female singer-songwriter of Hakka heritage, the anniversary celebrations will feature Hakka prose writers Li Yu-fang (利玉芳) and Liu Huei-chen (劉慧真), female writer Wu Li-chu (吳麗珠), and poet Ye Mimi (葉覓覓).
To vitalize poetry and encourage cross-sector participation, writers will be paired with creative professionals such as painter Chang Fang-ts'u (張芳慈), musician Wu Zu-lin (吳志寧), filmmaker Wu Yu-xuan (吳俞萱), visual artist Tsai Wan-shuen (蔡宛璇), and dancer Tsai Ching-cheng (蔡晴丞).
The eleven literary artists and creative professionals will both perform in recitals and collectively create and mentor in the literary events running from Aug. 1 through 29.
The Salon will also be giving away memorial gifts to visitors who participate in the events and those who post happy birthday messages through Facebook.
The Qidong Poetry Salon, a renovated Japanese-era building complex in central Taipei, formally reopened its doors last year on July 31. As the base of the Ministry of Culture's flagship poetry program, it organizes workshops, competitions, forums, and festivals dedicated to reviving the art of poetry.