Lower Grand Radio (LGR) is a local online radio station that has operated out of Oakland for the last 9 years. It is a community spaces that broadcast underground music, talk radio, poetry, and experimental sound. Makes it's space, equipment, and resources free for community members, so they can broadcast their stories, music, and voices to a larger audience.
Down Bad & spit in the ocean
This is a collaborative event between two Lower Grand Radio Shows that center the voices of Bay Area writers! In this reading, poets will come face to face with their down bad.
Zoe Williams works and lives in San Francisco.
D'mani Thomas (he \ they) is a writer, nerd and aspiring game enthusiast from Oakland, California. He’s interested in the tiny moments that capture attention spans. He has received invitations to fellowship from The Watering Hole, Foglifter, Afro Urban Society, and UC Berkeley’s Art & Research Center via The Engaging the Senses Foundation. In 2023, they became a finalist for the 2022 Penrose Poetry Prize. They were also recently awarded an emerging voices fellowship through PEN America for the 2023 cycle. D’mani’s debut chapbook, “Grown-up Elementary”, was published earlier this year through Nomadic Press. Outside of poetry, catch them studying horror movies, dancing, and eating too many fries.
Lora Mathis is from San Diego. She has published two collections of poetry including The Women Widowed to Themselves and Here I Am In It. Her third book, The Snakes Came Back, is coming out with Metatron Press in September. They have been sharing her art and poetry online for the last twelve years, and have utilized digital tools as a part of their practice. Mathis primarily works in digital mediums, including video, photography, and graphic design, although she has also gotten into making sculptures and printmaking. Lately she has been performing poetry with her sound collaborator Matty Terrones.
Seraphina Perkins is a multidisciplinary artist, poet and folk musician. She weaves these themes together through traditional song, hymns and deep sound accompanied by string instruments. These expressions allow her to explore ancestry, connection to nature, steady growth, loss and longing in an ephemeral way.
Ocean Escalanti (she/her) is an indigenous visual artist and poet residing in Oakland, CA. Her written work is a testimony of urban living and navigating space while searching for communion with natural elements. Ocean has read poetry and/or facilitated natural dye workshops at BAMPFA, Berkeley and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. She self publishes both her written and visual work, vending zines and printed ephemera throughout the West Coast and beyond.
Sophie Appel is a poet, archivist, and curator based in Los Angeles.
Leg 2 (5:30pm - 6:30pm) Venue: Tamarack
Tamarack is a collectively run bar and restaurant, serving simple and delicious comfort food with inspiration from all over the world. Our menu includes rotating craft cocktails focused on house made ingredients, in addition to a selection of local beer, wine, and premium liquor. We see the communal act of eating, drinking, and being together as a foundation for growing friendships and building the world of our dreams.
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