“#1 BEAUTY NAIL SALON”: A Poem by Paul Tran

written and performed by Paul Tran
directed and edited by Jess X Chen
sound design by Anders Link


This film is reposted here with the poet’s and filmmaker’s permission, originally published in CURA Magazine (April 2014). CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action is a multi-media initiative based at Fordham University committed to integrating the arts and social justice.

For those in the Boston area, Paul Tran and Jess X Chen will be featuring at East Meets Words Open Mic on Friday, April 11th. Join them for a multidisciplinary night of poetry, original screen prints, and film!

Click here for transcript of #1 Beauty Nail Salon

PAUL TRAN is an Asian American is an Asian American activist, historian and spoken word poet from Providence, RI. He’s represented Brown University at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI), where he won “Best Poet” and “Pushing the Art Forward” in 2013. Paul is also the co-founder of the Gravediggers Poetry Collective, a weekly workshop for emerging writers of color, and assistant coach for the ProvSlam youth program. With support from Kundiman, Coca-Cola and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Paul’s research and performance examines the complex relationships between race, empire and the production of knowledge. He’s particularly interested in war, sexual violence and intergenerational trauma. You can learn more about him at his website.

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