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
Poetry Flash is an online review and literary calendar for California and the West, featuring book reviews, essays, homages, poems, columns, and calls for submissions. Poetry Flash presents a regular reading series in Berkeley, produces the Northern California Book Awards, and sponsors the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival. Our heartfelt mission is to build community through literary events and publishing. See more athttps://poetryflash.org/.
Poetry Flash Readers & Writers
Four poets read to celebrate building community through literature, all of whom have been featured in Poetry Flash Readings, or reviewed and published in Poetry Flash, plus our Associate Editor. The reading will be emceed by Joyce Jenkins, Editor and Director of Poetry Flash.
Heather Bourbeau’s work has appeared in 100 Word Story, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Kenyon Review, Meridian, The Stockholm Review of Literature, and Haight Ashbury Literary Journal. She is the winner of La Piccioletta Barca’s inaugural competition and the Chapman Magazine Flash Fiction winner, and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has been featured in several anthologies, including Nothing Short Of 100: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story (Outpost 19), America, We Call Your Name: Poems of Resistance and Resilience (Sixteen Rivers Press), and Respect: Poems About Detroit Music (Michigan State University Press).
Maw Shein Win is a Burmese American poet, editor, and educator who lives and teaches in the Bay Area. Her new collection is Storage Unit for the Spirit House, longlisted for the PEN America 2021 Open Book Award, finalist for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry, and shortlisted for The Golden Poppy Awards 2021. D.A. Powell wrote of it, "Poetry has long been a vessel, a container of history, emotion, perceptions…These poems are portals to other worlds and to our own, a space in which one sees and one is seen. A marvelous, timely and resilient book.” Maw Shein Win’s collections include Invisible Gifts: Poems; her chapbooks include Ruins of a glittering palace and Score and Bone. She is the inaugural Poet Laureate of El Cerrito (2016–2018). http://www.mawsheinwin.com/
Richard Silberg is a poet, critic, translator, and Associate Editor of Poetry Flash. He is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently The Horses: New and Selected Poems and Deconstruction of the Blues, recipient of the PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Award and nominee for the Northern California Book Award. His books include Reading the Sphere: A Geography of Contemporary American Poetry. He co-translated, with Clare You, The Three Way Tavern, by Ko Un, foreword by Gary Snyder, which received the Northern California Book Award in Translation. He also co-translated Flowers Long For Stars, poems by Oh Sae-Young, This Side of Time, by Ko Un, and I Must Be the Wind, by Moon Chung-Hee. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, Volt, Parthenon West Review, ZYZZYVA, Eleven Eleven, and New American Writing.
Sam Sax’s latest book of poems is Bury It. Tyehimba Jess says, “Bury It, Sam Sax’s urgent, thriving excavation of desire, is lit with imagery and purpose that surprises and jolts at every turn.…A vitalizing and necessary book of poems that dig hard and lift luminously.” Bury It received the 2017 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Their first collections are Madness, winner of the National Poetry Series, and A Guide to Undressing Your Monsters; their poems were included In Absentia: Reflections on the Pandemic. A queer Jewish writer and educator, they are a two-time Bay Area Grand Slam champion, and have received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lambda Literary, Wallace Stegner Fellowship, The MacDowell Colony, the Blue Mountain Center, and the Michener Center for Writers. https://www.samsax.com/
The Bookmark Bookstore is a unique shopping experience located in Old Oakland. Proceeds from the Bookmark benefit Oakland's Public libraries! Shop & support us in our store or online.
Venue: Bookmark Bookstore Leg: One 4:00PM
la palabra musical
LA PALABRA MUSICAL (The Music of the Word), is Oakland's longest running multi-lingual poetry reading. La Palabra Musical has had many homes, most recently at the César Chávez branch of the Oakland Public Library in the heart of the Fruitvale District. Since the onset of COVID, La Palabra Musical has moved to Zoom. We gather on the 4th Saturday of the month from 3-5 pm. Look for more info and links on Avotcja's Facebook page.
La Palabra Musical (The Music of the Word)
Come take a journey of the mind and spirit with Avotcja, Ras Mo, Tony Aldarondo, and Susana Praver-Pérez, master storytellers through poetry and music. We keep the Caribbean in the house!
AVOTCJA is an award-winning Poet & multi-instrumentalist. She’s a popular Bay Area DJ & Radio Personality, leader of the group “Avotcja & Modúpue", and facilitator of La Palabra Musical (The Music of The Word). Avotcja teaches Creative Writing & Drama & is a proud member of DAMO (Disability Advocates Of Minorities Org.), PEN Oakland, and is an alumni of California Poets In The Schools. Her latest book is WITH EVERY STEP I TAKE (Taurean Horn) Website: Avotcja.org
TONY ALDARONDO has performed music and poetry in venues throughout the San Francisco Bay area, overseas and once while standing up on a Jetblue airplane. He is also an actor and a voice over artist. His first poetry book titled, BIG HEART POET from Humming Word Press is out now! Website: tonyaldarondo.com
SUSANA PRAVER-PÉREZ is a Pushcart-nominated poet and a winner of the San Francisco/Nomadic Press Literary Award (2021). Her work has been widely published in journals and anthologies, and her first full-length collection of poetry, HURRICANES, LOVE AFFAIRS, & OTHER DISASTERS was released by Nomadic Press in June 2021. Website: susanapraverperez.com
RAS MO MOSES is a poet, composer, singer, storyteller , educator & recording artist from the island of Dominica. He uses performing arts for violence prevention, gender & race equality, social justice and community building. He has published three books of poetry and two albums of music. Website: rasmomoses.com
Venue: Graffiti Pizza Leg: Three 7:00PM
The Hydra has been soundfully resting under Mount Diablo since the last time a collective of writers of the absurd, horrifying, and weird came together to lull it back to sleep with their tales and slant rhymes; however, recent rumors speaking of the removal of the autonomy of one's body has given the beast nightmares and it stirs, grumbles, and coughs. And, frankly, the readers of this event no longer know if they want to lull the beast back to sleep and pray humanity continues on its gentle slope of progress or wake it with their shrieks and screams letting it run amuck, and hoping some decent semblance of humanity survives to build something new and stark while the ashes of old disappear on the wind.
Award-winning author of Afrosurrealist and multicultural sci-fi and horror, author of Happiness and Other Diseases (Mocha Memoirs Press). Sumiko Saulson writes a column "Writing While Black" for the San Francisco BayView, host the SOMA Leather and LGBT Cultural District's "Erotic Storytelling Hour," and teach courses at the Speculative Fiction Academy.
Ahmed is a Libyan American programmer with a deep love for sci fi and fantasy. Avid reader, turned writer, Ahmed hopes to tackle stories he wanted to see growing up. Stories about third culture kids, North Africa, being Arab and the sanctuary that fantasy gives to those feeling "otherness."
Audrey T. Williams writes speculative fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. She earned her MFA from CCA in San Francisco. Her poetry has been published in Space & Time Magazine, FUNGI, and Conjuring Worlds, an Afrofuturist textbook for middle grades. Audrey is a nonfiction contributor to Lightspeed Magazine and Flash Fiction Online. @Virgule2020 @audthentic_stories AncestralFutures.org
Duane Horton is a 29 year old black queer fantasy writer based in Oakland, CA. He spends his time teaching fantasy writing workshops for Oakland youth. And is currently working on a novel. His work can be found in Green Mountains Review and Free Spirit Magazine. On his off time, he can be heard playing his flute.
Trey (also known as Vernon Keeve III) is a Virginia born, queer writer. They currently live and teach in Oakland. They hold a MFA from CCA, and a MA in Teaching Literature from Bard College. Trey's full-length collection of poetry, Southern Migrant Mixtape, was published by Nomadic Press in 2018 and is the recipient of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award. Trey continues to write poetry while working on their first novel, and they will be attending Columbia University in the fall to pursue a doctorate in English Education.
Venue: Chapter 510 Leg: Three 7:00PM
thank you for your support
Thank you for attending our Crawlstars Fundraiser last night! Thank you to Kim Shuck, Maw Shein Win, Keith Donnell Jr, Kate Folk, MK Chavez, Cassandra Dallett, and Ayodele Nzinga for sharing their work, thank you to NAZELAH JAMISON for hosting, thank you to our wonderful audience near and far. We especially thank each of you who donated to our cause. We are looking very much forward to Saturday, May 28 at about 3:30PM when you should drop by our Information Table in Old Oakland in front of Chapter 510 & the Dept of Make Believe on the corner of 9th & Clay. THE FIRST LEG BEGINS AT 4:00! See us at the Info Table first! YAYYYYYYY!!! Yes you can still donate or join Beast Crawl as a Volunteer! Check the SUPPORT US tab on our website. THANK YOU!
Our Information Table will be on the sidewalk on the corner of 9th and Clay in front of Chapter 510 and the Department of Make Believe. 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!
fundraiser may 5th zoom link
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welcome to shout outs!
Greetings, Beasties! We will be posting important details for Festivals and readings here. Note the map below. This map should help show you where to go for the next Event on your list. If you have no idea which reading to see next, no worries!
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Our Information Table will be a great place to start your journey, Pick up a map or a pamphlet. We'll be printing materials with QC codes that will take you directly to the blog post representing the reading you're interested in.
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We're delighted to enter this new phase in our journey with you, with Oakland, and with the dynamic writing communities of Oakland! This is gonna be a lot of fun.
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