Lyrics & Dirges is a monthly reading series that features a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community that lives in the Bay Area.
This months readers are:
Javier O. Huerta
Maisha Z. Johnson
Curated and hosted by Sharon Coleman
2349 Shattuck Avenue,
What: Lyrics and Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series
When:Wednesday, August 15, 7:30 pm
Where: Pegasus Books Downtown
What else: Wheelchair accessible; refreshments served
Nic Alea is a poet living the quiet cottage life in San Francisco. They write poems dealing with gender, feminism, mental health, and memories. nic co-hosts a bi-monthly open mic called new poetry mission: the new shit show, which focuses on the production of new work. They also facilitate a creative writing workshop at Solano Juvenile Detention Center.
Justin Chin is the author of three books of poetry (Bite Hard, Harmless Medicine, and Gutted); three books of essays (Mongrel: Essays, Diatribes & Pranks, Burden of Ashes, and Attack
Javier O. Huerta is the author of American Copia: An Immigrant Epic and Some Clarifications y otros poemas, which received the Chicano / Latino Literary Prize from UC Irvine. His poems have recently been anthologized in American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011. Currently he is working on his doctorate in English at the University of California, Berkeley.
Maisha Z. Johnson is a queer writer and activist of Trinidadian descent. She studied creative writing at SFSU and is earning an MFA in Poetry at Pacific University. She spends days working at Community United Against Violence (CUAV), developing transformative approaches with LGBTQ folks to heal from and end violence. She spends nights lifting up silenced voices on the page, and exploring the relationship between writing and social change, which she chronicles on her blog, Inkblot. Maisha has been a featured reader at events in the Bay Area, including Portuguese Artists Colony, where she won the live writing competition.
Tim Kahl is the author of Possessing Yourself (CW Books, 2009) and The Century of Travel (CW Books, 2012 [November]). His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Notre Dame Review, The Journal, Parthenon West Review, and many other journals in the U.S. He appears as Victor Schnickelfritz at the poetry and poetics blog The Great American Pinup (and the poetry video blog Linebreak Studios. He is also editor of Bald Trickster Press and Clade Song. He is the vice president and events coordinator of The Sacramento Poetry Center. He is derived from a family of hoarders and is struggling to kick materialist habits.