Clara Hsu practices the art of multi-dimensional being: mother, musician, purveyor of Clarion Music Center (1982-2005), traveler, translator and poet. A nominee for the Pushcart Prize in poetry (2001), Clara’s first book of poems, Mystique, received honorable mention at the 2010 San Francisco Book Festival. A book of short stories, Babouche Impromptu and Other Moroccan sketches was completed in 2008. Her second book of poetry, The First to Escape, was published in 2015 by Poetry Hotel Press. Her work can be found in New Millennium Writings (2012), Sounds of Harbor (translations of her work into Dutch and German), The Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, and the internet journals Cha, The Other Voices International Project, and Red River Review.
Clara gives featured readings at various Bay Area venues and benefit events. Her activities include her unusual performance ensemble “Lunation,” which combines Chinese and original poetry with Asian traditional instruments. For seven years she hosted the Poetry Hotel Salon in San Francisco and with John Rhodes she co-hosts the San Francisco Open Mic Poetry Podcast TV Show.
Photo by Dore Steinberg.