MoonDrop Productions Presents Ode to Oakland
MoonDrop Productions is the creation of Kelechi Ubozoh & Cassandra Dallett. It is a quarterly submission based/themed reading. We encourage writers to share their personal evolutions, revolution, love and lust. We strive to hear from a diverse group of writers and are committed to creating new spaces where those who haven't been given a stage can shine. Contact us at moondropproductionswriters@gmail
For the 2023 Best Crawl Literary Festival, MoonDrop Productions presents a diverse group of poets who all have a special connection with Oakland and we are going to rock the house.
Asantewaa Boykin is a Co-founder of APTP (Anti Police-Terror Project) an organization committed to the eradication of police terror in all of its forms. She uses her knowledge of nursing and activism to provide Street Medic training for direct actions and community training on Trauma Centered First -Aid. Along with being a RADICAL nurse, she is also a founding member of the Capital City Black Nurses Association. Asantewaa along with a brave group of organizers and medical professionals developed Mental Health First or MH FIRST a mobile mental health crisis response team aimed at minimizing police contact with those who are in the midst of a mental health crisis. Her poetry and art combine her love of words, storytelling, and resistance. Exploring topics like; space-travel, black-femme militancy, & motherhood. Which describes her first full-length poetry collection, “Love, Lyric and Liberation (Nomadic Press), and embodies the essence of her visual art. The intersection of Art and Resistance is where Asantewaa feels most at home. As a self-proclaimed “Serial Crafter” she has found a creative outlet in most mediums while stacking words into poems, short stories and essays remain her first love. https://www.asantewaaboykin.com/about
James Cagney is poet and the author of Black Steel Magnolias In The Hour of Chaos Theory, (Nomadic Press, 2018), winner of the PEN Oakland 2019 Josephine Miles Award. His second collection, Martian: The Saint Of Loneliness, (Nomadic Press) was awarded the 2021 James Laughlin Award. James is a Cave Canem fellow who lives in Oakland.
Adrienne Danyelle Oliver
Adrienne Danyelle Oliver is a poet-educator from Little Rock, Arkansas. Her chapbook "Collective Madness" was nominated for the 2023 Maya Angelou Book Award. When she is not writing, she leads well-being writing circles and curates Black Gold Storytellers, an award-winning collective that features Black elders who have migrated to California.
Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and mental health advocate. She grew up in a diverse, working-class neighborhood in Oakland, Calif. and learned so much about life, people and culture from her community. The greatest gift she ever received was a journal her mother gave her at seven years old. She hasn't stopped writing since. Jeneé has reported for NPR, The Los Angles Times, Shondaland, Ebony, Marketplace, Refinery 29 and many other outlets. In 2005, she contributed reporting on the London 7/7 transit bombings for Time magazine’s Europe edition. Listen to her on KALW 91.7 FM where she is the executive producer and host of the arts segment Sights & Sounds, as well as the show Sights + Sounds Magazine. She is also their East Oakland reporter. Her first short documentary Where is East Oakland was screened at the Oakland International Film Festival and has won awards.
Christine No is a Korean American writer, teaching artist and daughter of immigrants. She is a Sundance Alum, VONA Fellow, Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Nominee; and Kearny Street Workshop's APAture Festival's featured literary artist. You can find her work in the Columbia Journal, Story Magazine, The Rumpus amongst others. Her First full length poetry collection “Whatever Love Means” is available via Barrelhouse Books. Check her out on the internet at @iamchristineno.
Heather Flesher is a disabled trans woman who lives in Monterey. She writes poems, stories, plays, comics and essays in the cause of radical social justice. She has loved to perform her entire life, and in the face of an increasingly treacherous society, she strives to become louder and more eloquent.
Leg 3 (7pm - 8pm) Venue: First Edition (Balcony)
About First Edition:
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Located in Uptown Oakland, we have over 3000 square feet of available space, including two mezzanines, an outdoor roof deck, and two full bars. All of our art is graphic novel/comic book inspired and created by local artist Michael Brennan. We aim to create a casual, neighborhood environment where exploration of new cocktails and introductions to new friends is the norm. Whether you're enjoying a happy hour cocktail on the patio or dancing the night away with our weekend local DJs events, we’re here to share our passion for making cocktails fun and approachable in a clean, safe, inclusive environment.
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