UPCOMING

(8)
15 March 2019, 7pm
with:
Aditi Machado,
Bahaar Ahsan,
Leena Joshi,
Moe’s Books,
2476 Telegraph Ave,
Berkeley, CA
Aditi Machado is the author of Some Beheadings (Nightboat), which received the Believer Poetry Award in 2018, as well as several chapbooks among which Prologue| Emporium (Garden-Door Press) is the most recent. She has translated Farid Tali’s Prosopopoeia into English (Action). Her writing also appears in Lana Turner, The Rumpus, Western Humanities Review, and other journals. Currently she guest-edits FOLDER Magazine and works as the Visiting Poet-in-Residence at Washington University in Saint Louis.

Bahaar Ahsan is a writer, artist, and translator based in the Bay Area, with familial origins in the port city of Abadan in the south of Iran. Like any other tgirl, Bahaar’s work is both speculative and deeply embedded in lineage(s) and aims to interrogate ontologies which separate the ideological from the somatic, the aural from the visual, homeland from host-land, past from present from future. Bahaar serves as a Contributing Editor and Resource Coordinator at The Operating System. Her writing appears in Tagvverk, Apogee, and elsewhere.

Leena Joshi's writing and art practice explore the lateral roots of race, gender, and sexuality in experiences of precarity and belonging. Her written work has appeared in The Felt, Monday, Tagvverk, La Norda Specialo, Poor Claudia, and bluestockings magazine, among others. She is an MFA candidate in Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley.

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(7)
2 March 2018, 7pm
with:
Andrea Marina,
Kevin Lo,
Lily Hoang
E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore,
410 13th St,
Oakland, CA
Andrea Marina is an indigenous writer originally from Miami, whose topics mainly center on trauma, killing men, and her deep and abiding love for Florida swamps. She co-hosts Words of Resistance with Andrea Abi-Karam, a monthly queer reading series focused on giving non-cis male identifying writers a platform to showcase their work. Her first chapbook "my dirty southern heart" was released through Mess Editions, a local press.

Kevin Lo is a composer, choreographer and writer based in Oakland (previously Australia, born New Zealand). He works with spatiality, machinic processes, and has a background in the biological sciences.

Lily Hoang is the author of five books, including A Bestiary (PEN USA Award finalist and winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Nonfiction Contest) and Changing (recipient of a PEN Open Books Award). She teaches in the MFA program at UC San Diego.
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13 October 2016, 7pm
with:
Andrea Abi-Karam,
Trisha Low
Qilombo,
2313 San Pablo Ave,
Oakland, CA
Andrea Abi-Karam is a mixed race genderqueer punk poet writing on the art of killing bros, the intricacies of cyborg bodies, trauma & delayed healing. They recently completed the manuscript EXTRATRANSMISSION a book length piece against how patriarchy and US militarism produce the hypergendered subject. Andrea is both a writer, printer, & publisher whose founding small press project Mess Editions seeks to publish emerging writing from queers, people of color, and those involved in social movements yet uninvolved in poetry & art scenes.

Trisha Low is the author of The Compleat Purge (Kenning Editions, 2013). She lives in Oakland.
(5)
20 June 2016, 6.30pm
with:
Jai Arun Ravine
Qilombo,
2313 San Pablo Ave,
Oakland, CA
Jai Arun Ravine is a writer, dancer and graphic designer currently living in Philadelphia. As a mixed race, mixed gender and mixed genre artist, their work arises from the simultaneity of text and body and takes the form of video, performance, comics and handmade books. Jai’s first full-length book, แล้ว AND THEN ENTWINE: LESSON PLANS, POEMS, KNOTS, re-imagines immigration history and attempts to transform cultural inheritances of silence. Their short film TOM/TRANS/THAI approaches the silence around female-to-male (FTM) transgender identity in the Thai context and has screened internationally. THE ROMANCE OF SIAM (Timeless, Infinite Light) is their second book.
(4)
25 February 2016, 6.30pm
with:
Julian Talamantez Brolaski,
Simone White,
Van Dellz
Qilombo,
2313 San Pablo Ave,
Oakland, CA
Julian Talamantez Brolaski is the author of Advice for Lovers (City Lights 2012), gowanus atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse 2011), and co-editor of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards (Litmus Press / Belladonna Books 2009). Julian lives in Oakland and is the lead singer and rhythm guitar player in the country band The Western Skyline.

Simone White is the author of Of Being Dispersed (coming from Futurepoem), Unrest (Ugly Duckling/Dossier) and House Envy of All the World (Factory School). She is Program Director at The Poetry Project and lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Van Dellz is a queer community resistance and empowerment organizer of African and Native descent. Their work focuses on the hood saving the hood, ancestral remembrance and cultural revitalization, decolonization, and degentrification. They are continuing their work building with other Indigenous peoples and other Black/Afrikan peoples in the Bay Area through organizing in local community centers and collectives. They teach Decolonial Creative Writing at Qilombo Community Center in Afrikatown district of Oakland, continue familial traditions of healing work, and actively are untangling white supremacy and colonial violence.
(3)
10 October 2015, 7.30pm
with:
Angel Dominguez,
Naomi Helena Quiñonez,
Sophia Kim
79 Hoff Street,
San Francisco, CA
Angel Dominguez is a writer and performance artist forming Dzonots with notebooks along the California coast. His work can be found in The Berkeley Poetry Review, The Bombay Gin, and online at Open House Poetry and spiralorb.com, with work forthcoming from FENCE. He was the co-founding editor of Tract/Trace: an investigative journal, and presently curates the ongoing series: Bodies/Pages. Along with Hannah Kezema, he co-founded the performance art collaborative: Dream Tigers. His first book, Black Lavender Milk is due out this November via Timeless Infinite Light.

Los Angeles born and raised Naomi Helena Quiñonez is a Chicana poet, educator and scholar. She has written two books of poetry, Hummingbird Dream/Sueno de Colibri and The Smoking Mirror, (West End Press). She currently teaches at San Francisco State University in the areas of Chicana/Latina and Latino gender studies and U.S. Her poetry and articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including From Totems to Hip Hop, Chicana Creativity and Criticism, Infinite Divisions, The Colorado Review, Masacaras, Women of Color Pray, Aztlan and Vietnam and the Southern California Anthology. Quiñonez is the recipient of a Rockefeller Research Fellowship, the American Book Award, the California Arts Council Award and the National Endowment of the Arts Award.

Sophia Kim is from New York and has been based out of Oakland for the last decade. She is a Creative Writing student at SF State, where she's working on her first book.
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23 April 2015, 7pm
with:
Jason Jimenez,
Mae Ramirez,
Sirama Bajo
Books for Days,
48th & Telegraph,
Oakland, CA
Jason Jimenez lives in Oakland, California. He is the co-author of a book of poetry and stories, “Summer Idea No.6.” His first novel, The Wolves, was published March 2014 by Publication Studio. He tweets often @jimenezwrites and blogs at www.anti-climacus.blogspot.com.

Mae Ramirez holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a BA in English Education from California State University, Long Beach. She has designed and led writing workshops across Southern California and co-found ¡DUENDE! Long Beach, a grassroots community arts organization that provided creative programming and mentoring for youth. She was a member of CSULB’s nationally-competing Slam Poetry team for two years, and in 2012, a mentor/coach for the Long Beach Youth Slam Poetry team. Mae spent much of her adolescence playing bass guitar in the backyards and small venues of East L.A.’s early 2000s punk/ska scene where she experienced first-hand the transformative power of community- and identity-building through art exploration. Her poetry traces the structure of identity, religion, family, adolescence, love, and sexuality, seeking ultimately to renovate or demolish these constructs. Originally from Montebello, CA, she currently resides in Berkeley, CA.

Sirama Bajo is a poet of Chorotega descent who is working as an herbalist and yerbera in the Curanderismo tradition. Her work, like her ancestors, resists printing, but still has appeared in The Emerald Tablet (Bootstrap Press) and Titmouse Magazine. Her Moon is in Aries. She lives in Huichun, Muwekma Territory, Oakland, CA.
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20 March 2015, 7pm
with:
AF,
Brandon Drew Holmes,
Cheena Marie Lo,
Danny Wang,
Matt Bonal,
Micah Morris
Rise Up Temporary Bookstore,
48th & Telegraph,
Oakland, CA