Naked bulb presents: The Return
Naked Bulb began as a private, backyard open mic once a month in a tidy little Fruitvale neighborhood. The core tenant, that everyone has something to say, is what transformed Naked Bulb from a gathering of writers into a larger venue for the Oakland's creative community. Naked Bulb Press was born out of this gathering and is now on its seventh publication - Andrew J. Thomas, Elynn Alexander, Andy Keating, Kelly Landmine, Gary Turchin, Ruth Crossman, and G Macias Gusman.
Tureeda Mikell is a story medicine woman, poet, Qi Energy Worker and Black Panther alum, selected MoAD 2022 Poet in Residence. Committed to voices seldom heard, she has published over 70 at-risk student classroom anthologies from five bay area counties. Her work has traveled or Zoomed across several countries and continents from China, U.K. to Egypt. Synchronicity: The Oracle of Sun Medicine, was nominated for the California Book Award, and co-curated The Patrice Lumumba Anthology with EastSide Arts Alliance both published by Nomadic Press, now available by Black Lawrence Press, New York.
Since the pandemic, K.R. Morrison has been searching for mermaids in a sea town in Southern California, often returning to the Bay Area for her poetry nests and to play drums for two all-female fronted rock bands – HARRIOT and UNICRÖNE. Morrison is a Pushcart Nominee for her poem, “Her Altar” and still enjoys readings and podcasts celebrating Cauldrons, published by Paper Press Books. K.R. spent 17 years as a sea captain for the teens at Galileo High School– using creative writing and literature, she worked with countless students, earning the name “Mama Mo” with many who left her classroom armed with writing and literacy tools for healing. Morrison continues her work in education through workshops in the juvenal hall system and online teaching. These days, Morrison gypsies up and down the coast for music and poetry and drowns in an abyss of new poems that will hopefully, take the form of three separate manuscripts.
Lee Foust is an author and performer from Oakland, California who has lived in Italy since the late-1990s. He teaches literature and creative writing at the Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento and lives in the Piedigrotta neighborhood of Naples. He is the author of Poison and Antidote, nine Bohemian tales of 1980s San Francisco, and four novels: Inbetween, Here Lies, San Salvi, and Fake Novel. Foust’s fiction, poetry, recordings, and essays have appeared in journals in Europe, Australia, Canada, and the U.S.A. You can download his audiobooks and performance recordings at bandcamp.com.
William Taylor Jr. lives and writes in San Francisco. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, and a volume of fiction. His work has been published widely in literary journals, including Rattle, The New York Quarterly, and The Chiron Review. He was a recipient of the 2013 Kathy Acker Award, and edited Cocky Moon: Selected Poems of Jack Micheline (Zeitgeist Press, 2014). His new poetry collection, A Room Above a Convenience Store, is available Roadside Press.
M.D. Wallace Is a Bay area transplant from the Midwest. A musician and seeker of creative endeavors. His poetry is an expression of observation.
Retired bus driver and all-around good guy Jon Nelson says poet Joel Landmine’s work is “pretty good.” Both of Landmine’s collections are available from Punk Hostage Press. He lives in Oakland with his wife and cats.
LEG 2: 5:30pm-6:30pm Venue: Graffiti Pizza Festival day is July 22, 2023
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