Milvia Street is a print and online journal that has featured the diverse voices and visions of Berkeley City College students since 1989. We nurture the next generations of literary movers and shakers. www.milviastreet.com
Join us for an amazing reading featuring phenomenal emerging LGBTQ+ and BPOC poets: antmen pimentel mendoza, Carla Schick, Christiana Smith, Elaine Dowd, and Jay Whittington. Their creative work is forth coming in the next issue of Milvia Street, Berkeley City College’s art and literary journal. Hosted by Sharon Coleman.
antmen pimentel mendoza (he + she) is a writer currently based in Oakland, CA. His poetry is published in Cosmonauts Avenue, Underblong, and Lantern Review and is anthologized in Peach Mag’s Worlds In Which: Speculative Mix. Her favorite donut is a maple old-fashioned. antmen is online as @antmenismagic.
Carla Schick is a Queer transformative justice activist and writer. Their writing weaves together personal stories, politics, and history to create visions for resistance & liberation. They have been published in Milvia St., Forum Literary Journal, Sinister Wisdom, Berkeley Times, and Earth’s Daughters. The Write Launch published their creative nonfiction.
Christiana Smith is an emerging writer and poet. They write about sapphic and non-binary experiences, family, and the discovery of self. Their love for music led them to poetry. They believe language is always evolving, and learning to evolve with it is a valuable skill.
Elaine Dowd is a Berkeley based poet who believes in the power of story to heal and transform lives. Poetry is her favorite practice, as it connects her to secret portals and new spaces of exploration in which she can dance with both shadow and stars.
Berkeley native, Jay Whittington, found her home within the written word. Painting unique landscapes with words, Jay creates platforms for voices lost within the world's noise. "I write the wrong to right the wrong," Jay uses her pen to bring forth new thought and hope, one letter at a time.
Venue: Binny's Leg: One 4:00PM
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