During Women’s History month a constellation of events brought together a group of fabulous womxn+ writers. The meeting of these hearts and minds exploded into something powerful and a new monthly reading series concept was born, “Eves at the Beat”.
This months Eves at the Beat is curated by Lisa Wenzel.
Elaine Brown/Poet E. Spoken
Readers for this event:
- Stacy Johnson
- Stacy Johnson grew up in the Bay Area, writing short stories and poetry in the margins of her notebooks and taking photos of everyday life in Oakland. She combines prose, poetry, and photography to create stories that cross boundaries and interrupt the status quo. Stacy studies photography under the guidance of award-winning photographers, Matt Herron and David Bacon. Her photos debuted in DETENTION, DEPORTATION, INCARCERATION, AND THE BORDER, an exhibit from Bay Area and Los Angeles Activist Photographers. Stacy earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, where she graduated with honors and won the Mary Merritt Henry Prize for excellence in poetry. Visit Stacy at stacyjohnson-photography.smugmug.com
- Olga González Latapi
- Olga González Latapi is an MFA candidate in Writing at California College of the Arts. She received her BS in Journalism from Northwestern University. Her work has been published in BARNHOUSE Literary Journal, Sonder Midwest literary arts magazine as well as in The Nasiona magazine. Originally from Mexico City, she currently lives in San Francisco.
- Yume Kim
- Yume Kim is an alumni of San Francisco State University. There she both earned an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. She is also a Kundiman fellow and previously attended the Kundiman Asian-American Poetry Retreat in 2012 at Fordham University. Her recent chapbook, Reserve the Right, is now available through Nomadic Press.
- CF Pinto
- CF Pinto is an Oakland based Portuguese-American writer, professor, sports nut, and video game aficionado with roots in the Azores and Angola. She was raised in Livingston, a small town deep in the heart of California’s Central Valley, that still has more churches than stop lights to this day. CF is an alum of Las Dos Brujas Writers’ Workshops and has been a reader at The Racket and Bay Area Generations. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College.
- Norma Liliana Valdez
- Norma Liliana Valdez is the author of the chapbook Preparing the Body (YesYes Books, 2019). A member of the Macondo Writers Workshop and a CantoMundo fellow, her work appears in such publications as The Rumpus, The Los Angeles Review, PANK Magazine, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and the anthology Latinas: Struggles & Protests in 21st Century USA. Norma earned a BA in Psychology, an MS in Counseling, and a graduate certificate in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University. She is an alumna of the UC Berkeley Extension Writing Program and has been awarded writing residencies and fellowships from Hedgebrook, Under the Volcano International, Community of Writers, and the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation in addition to others. She lives in the Bay Area.
- Maw Shein Win
- Maw Shein Win is a poet, editor, and educator who lives and teaches in the Bay Area. Her poetry chapbooks are Ruins of a glittering palace (SPA/Commonwealth Projects) and Score and Bone (Nomadic Press). Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press in 2018. She was a 2019 Visiting Scholar in the Department of English at UC Berkeley. Win is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito, California (2016 – 2018), and her poetry collection Storage Unit for the Spirit House will be published by Omnidawn in Fall 2020. Mawsheinwin.com
- Kim Shuck
- Kim Shuck is a silly protein. Shuck is solo author of six books, some articles, other poems in anthologies and journals. The latest of these books is Deer Trails, part of the SF Laureate series from City Lights. Shuck is the current and 7th poet laureate of San Francisco. Last April Shuck was named a National Laureate Fellow by the Academy of American Poets.
“Eves at the Beat” is a monthly first Thursday reading series at The Beat Museum with occasional readings in Kerouac Alley featuring womxn and non-binary people. Each first Thursday there will be a new curator and MC invited from previous months. This will give many people the opportunity to step into these roles and make the culture of the readings more equitable and circular, rather than hierarchal.
This is a donation based event. We will pass a hat so bring a contribution for the readers.
We will also be accepting packages of dry goods, new socks, and sanitary items for the local homeless community.