Self-charm in motion.
Monday, September 15th - 6:00 PM
Sis for Soul Sister
Curator: Cynthia Manick
Readers: Nivea Castro; Cathy Linh Che; LeConté Dill; R. Erica Doyle
Host: Ed Toney
For a night of tales, slams, and poetry, join Soul Sister Revue, a series for established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling.
$8 cover includes a drink. Visit the Cornelia site for more information.
Nívea Castro is a two times VONA fellow alum and a member of the New York City Latina Writers Group. Her poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in Word, a Cave Canem chapbook, Best of Panic, Kalyani, Sinister Wisdom, and And Then. She is the curator of the Out Latina issue of Sinister Wisdom due for publication Spring, 2015. Nívea has performed and been featured in various venues including: Listen to Your Mother, a national series of live readings by local writers, Crack the Mic, Canvas of Words, La Pluma y Tinta, and MICHFEST. Nívea lives in Brooklyn and is presently completing a poetry manuscript and working on her upcoming book, Coquito Man. She is also a photographer, social justice attorney, LGBT activist, and educator.
Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James, 2014), winner of the 2012 Kundiman Poetry Prize. She has received residencies and fellowships from Poets & Writers, Poets House, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, and The Jerome Foundation. She splits her time between Long Beach, CA and Brooklyn, NY.
LeConté Dill has roots in South Central Los Angeles, grew branches in Atlanta, sprouted leaves in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is currently budding blossoms in New York City. She holds degrees from Spelman College, UCLA, and UC Berkeley. A public health scholactivist by day, LeConté has been writing poetry and fiction since elementary school. She has studied creative writing with Suheir Hammad, Ruth Forman, Willie Perdomo, C. S. Giscombe, ZZ Packer, opal moore, and most recently Cornelius Eady. LeConté’s work has been featured in Berkeley Poetry Review, Cal Literature and Arts Magazine (CLAM), CityFlight newsmagazine, The San Francisco Bay View, and The Los Angeles Sentinel. She has also been a featured poet at La Peña Cultural Center and Modern Times Bookstore. Most recently, she co-authored, co-edited, and co-published a poetry anthology with a group of teens from Oakland, California, titled Y U Gotta Call It Ghetto? Currently, LeConté is an Assistant Professor at the SUNY Downstate School of Public Health in Brooklyn. She is passionate about the power of writing for healing, empowerment, and social justice. LeConté credits her mom, sisters, and Nanas for fueling her creative endeavors.
R. Erica Doyle was born in Brooklyn to Trinidadian immigrant parents, and has lived in Washington, DC, Farmington, Connecticut and La Marsa, Tunisia. Her first book proxy, was published by belladonna* in 2013 and was a recipient of the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America and a Lambda Literary Awards Finalist. Her work appears in various journals and anthologies including Best American Poetry, Our Caribbean, Bum Rush the Page, Ploughshares, Callaloo, and Sinister Wisdom. Erica received her MFA in Poetry from The New School, and lives in New York City, where she is an administrator in the NYC public schools and facilitates Tongues Afire: A Free Creative Writing Workshop for queer women and trans and gender non-conforming people of color.
The Host - Ed Toney is an African-American Poet, writer and chemist born in Queens NY, living in Brooklyn N.Y for the past 19 years. Ed began seriously writing poetry attending The Louis Reyes Rivera workshops (one of his mentors) at Sista’s place in Brooklyn for many years. He is a member of AWP (Association of Writers and Writers program) a member of the Hot Poets Collective poetry writers group and on-going Cave Canem workshop participant. Ed was co-host and host at Speakeasy, an open mic venue at the Outpost in Brooklyn. He has featured and read at numerous poetry venues throughout the boroughs, McNally Jackson Bookstores, Rallies for Mumia, Calypso Muse, the Nuyorican, the Bowery Poetry Club, Dwyer Cultural Center, Soulsweet Sanctuary, Eves lounge, Open Expression in Harlem, Women in Bloom Writers Salon, Poets Network Exchange, and the Glitter Pomegranate reading series amongst many others. Ed is currently going wild submitting work, was published in African Voices 20th Anniversary magazine, a chapbook; Of Fire of Iron, published by The Hot Poets collective, The Poets Exchange anthology and Young’s Men Perspective magazine. He is continuously, diligently working on completion of his first poetry Manuscript titled, “Nicks in the Tongue”.
Photos of the openers from our Lights Trauma Revelation Chicago Show at Outerspace Studios, organized by Timothy Moore and Ramona Kywe. The openers are: Eugenia Leigh, Fatimah Asghar, Ching-In Chen and Angela Torres .
For an upcoming list of shows go here.
Photos and projections from our Lights Trauma Revelation Chicago Show at Outerspace Studios.By the time the openers: Eugenia, Fati, Ching-In and Angela left the stage, we felt as though the space was opened with so much tenderness and risk-taking ferocity that it was so natural for all of us to be fearless with them. Thank you for that, and reminding us why we write poetry. Let us stay in touch and form a constellation of asian-american poetry together.
For an upcoming list of shows go here.
Thank you, Chicago, and Tim Moore and Ramona Kywe, for organizing this event! Thank you to Fatimah Asghar, Ching-In Chen, Eugenia Leigh, Angela Narciso Torres for sharing work and space with us!
Long Beach resident and poet Michelle Brittan reads “Poem for My Mother.”
Michelle Brittan has had poems published in Calyx, Crab Creek Review,The Grove Review, The Los Angeles Review, Nimrod, Pilgrimage, and Poet Lore, and in the anthology, Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25. In 2011, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing at California State University, Fresno, where she won an Academy of American Poets Prize. Born in San Francisco, Michelle now lives in Long Beach and is a doctoral fellow in University of Southern California’s PhD program in Creative Writing & Literature.
New post from Kundiman’s Southern California Regional Group!