News flash: Unfortunately Ras Mo Moses is ill, so LA PALABRA MUSICAL's Beast Crawl team will be completed with the amazing MANNY MARTINEZ. Manny is a proud Boricua with many talents and roles: teacher, musican, actor and extrordinary poet who speaks truth via powerful, unflinching verse. Check him out along with the rest of the bilingual poets of La Palabra Musical ( The Music of the Word), at 7:00 pm at Grafitti Pizza's patio.
Reginald Lockett open mic will be at binnys, leg 2 5:30-6:30. Sign up will start at 3 at the beast info desk at 3:00 PM at 546 9th street.
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Due to the continued threat of Covid-19, The Beast Crawl Lit Festival respectfully requests that all participants wear masks at all indoor events and to otherwise comply with individual venues and businesses’ posted policies regarding health and safety protocols including, but not limited to proof of vaccination and social distancing. Thank you for observing safety first and keeping Beast Crawl safe for everyone!
stop by our information table
Beast Crawl Literary Festival is proudly partnering with Chapter 510 and the Department of Make Believe. We will hold an Event there for each Leg and the Information Table will be located out front on the sidewalk on the corner of 9th and Clay. We will be setting up at around 3:00PM. Stop by at 3:30 to say hi and pick up a paper map. Leg 1 begins at 4:00!
A community of Black writers and scholars who write in and about the speculative fiction of the African Diaspora. Our membership includes poets, novelists, essayists and memoirists; published authors, students and award winners; and writers from around California and beyond. Since 2015, we have met regularly to support each other's growth and to share through public readings with the larger community.
The Afrosurreal Writers of Oakland read live and in Oakland
A reading by members of the Workshop of original works in the Afrosurreal tradition
Ellen McBarnette is a life-long storyteller whose earliest tales were transcribed by her mother on scrap paper. Ellen’s career has taken her from the halls of the US Congress to boozey poetry slams. Born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, a second generation Caribbean, she has traveled widely in the US, with a long career in public policy in Washington DC. She lives in Hayward, Ca with her partner and fellow writer, Ben and their cat Java. Ellen is celebrating the publication of her novella "Negrita" this February in Vol 2 of the Midnight and Indigo Speculative Fiction edition, 2022. Available in bookstores, at Barnes and Noble and, if you must, Amazon
Thaddeus Howze is an award winning writer, essayist, author and professional storyteller. Originally from New York, he hails from Hayward. His published works include "Hayward's Reach" and Broken Glass," both are available on Amazon.
LaMar Mitchel is a cyberpunk/absurdist/slipstream author. Born and raised in Oakland. Currently exploring ways to become a Kardashian-level poet celebrity.”
A.J. Harper, the Oakland based author, educator and artist. A.j. Harper has crafted more than ten YA novels. He specializes in themes addressing the Black experience in novel circumstances. https://urbanhorror.wordpress.com/about/
Born in Brooklyn in '89, a lifelong lover of books, in the written word Gabriel found a window into the often baffling actions and motivations of others, as well as a way to make himself understood. He began writing stories and journal entries early. A Forum-Based Role Playing Games built on the childhood series, Animorphs was pivotal in his development as an author. Empowered by academics, he writes speculative fiction but also nonfiction in the areas of History, Social Theory, Politics, and Race.
Venue: Graffiti Pizza Leg: Two 5:30PM
j. de salvo open mic
We at Beast Crawl Literary Festival dearly miss our friend J. de Salvo. He was the founder and editor of The Bicycle Review & Pedestrian Press which published many great works. J was a prolific writer and exemplary performer. He had a profound understanding of literature and knew how to read it. For that, he saw the highest good in the writers in his midst and did his best to promote them. In his memory, we created the J. de Salvo Open Mic.
This year, we have a special guest writer, performer, and all-around excellent gentleman Charlie Getter hosting the group reading. Charlie is the author of four poetry collections, and his work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals, zines, and other publications. He’s a founding member of the Collaborative Arts Insurgency (CAI), the group of artists, poets, emcees, and musicians responsible for the genesis of the ongoing 16th & Mission street arts workshop that takes place every Thursday on the street corner at 16th & Mission in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Show up for this open mic on time at the spot on the map and Charlie will manage sign-ups! The location is a basketball court with sculptures on 12th street, behind 1111 Broadway and WeWork. Questions? Check with us at the Information Table.
Leg: 1 4:00PM Venue: "Sculpture Basketball Court"
reginald lockett open mic
Beast Crawl Literary Festival created the Reginald Lockett Memorial Open Mic to commemorate the life and contributions of poet Reginald Lockett. Reginald was a founding member of the Black Students Alliance at San Francisco State University. He would later return to teach creative writing there, as well as at City College of San Francisco, Laney College and College of Marin. He was a tenured instructor of Language Arts at San Jose City College for the last 20 years.
A dedicated teacher, Mr. Lockett was best known as a poet. He was also the owner and publisher of Juke Box Press, which published many other poets and raised thousands of dollars for Hurricane Katrina victims with the publication of "Words upon the Water."
Reginald was the author of "Where the Birds Sing Bass," which won a PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award in 1996, "Good Times & No Bread," "The Party Crashers of Paradise" and "Random History Lessons," published by Creative Arts Books in 2003. (Source)
Where the Birds Sing Bass
This year's host is Nazelah Jamison, a world-class poet and performer based in Oakland. She is a talented and energetic performance poet, actress and vocalist based in Oakland CA. Born in Bamberg, SC, Nazelah had a love of performance from a very early age, taking her first dance lessons at the age of 4.
Nazelah discovered Poetry Slam in 1999 and began to compete, subsequently going to the National Poetry Slam Competition 5 times on various Bay Area teams. She produced the Oakland Poetry Slam & has coached Team Oakland to Nationals. Since 2000, she has been hosting many Bay Area spoken word events as well. (Source.)
Poem: "Last Resort"
Book: Evolutionary Heart
Bulletin: venue change.
ayodele nzinga M.F.A, Ph.D., is a writer, director, actress, lyricist, and producer living in Oakland, California. She is the author of SorrowLand Oracle and The Horse Eaters, available atwww.nomadicpress.org, as well as Incandescent available on Amazon Books. nzinga is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Oakland, CA.
Kevin Dublin is a writer of poetry, prose, scripts, and code. Currently Director of Litquake’s Elder Writing Project, Kevin serves on the board of Quiet Lightning and curates The Living Room Reading Series & Salon. He’s author of the chapbook How to Fall in Love in San Diego (Finishing Line Press) and holds an MFA from San Diego State.. Follow him on Twitter @PartEverything
Lisa D. Gray believes that it is necessary for black women and women of color to write and share our stories so that others do not erase or control our narratives. She is completing her first novel, Stolen Summer and you can find her poetry in the recently released Black Fire This Time and the Salmon Creek Journal. Follow her @randomlisasf
Nana Boateng (she/her) is a first generation Ghanaian-American poet, educator, and digital storyteller currently residing in Oakland, CA. She utilizes writing and audio to examine memory, otherness, and myths we tell ourselves. Her writing has been published in Connotation Press, WVXU, NPR, Sierra Magazine, Toe Good Poetry, and Cliterature Journal.
adrienne danyelle oliver is a poet-educator, hip-hop scholar. She has two chapbooks, collective madness (Finishing Line Press) and the body has memories (Nomadic Press). When she is not writing, adrienne is reading historical fiction or watching documentaries. She's also an intuitive creativity guide for other Black scholars.
DaJuan “DonJuan” Carter-Woodard is an Oakland native. He is a Youth Coordinator at Eastside Arts Alliance and has been an activist for 10+ years. His first published book was 2019’s Bleeding Between the Bars. He has been featured in a variety of publications and anthologies including Patrice Lumumba—An Anthology of Writers on Black Liberation.
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