Melissa Jones was born and raised in Oakland CA, where she was inspired by art, culture, music, and poetry. She is the author of Pineapple Grenades, a book of poems about war and relationships and Black Girl Mango Seeds, which is a collection of poetry that examines the lives of black girls/women and a multitude of experiences. She is also a singer/songwriter and the lead vocalist of Bay area’s Soul/ funk band No Lovely Thing and the lead singer of her new r&b/soul duo FreshFeel. This is her first time as curator and she is excited to curate more events/readings in the near future.
Readers for this event:
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”.
“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 the previous month. 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.