LIMINAL at the Beast.
Liminal's reading at the Beast will be an ensemble piece that weaves together the writing of twelve different women/gender non-binary writers, on the theme of «Boundaries.»
INSPIRATION: Kelechi Ubozoh often says very important, necessary things in a hilarious way and her own Kelechisms that become part of my way of explaining the world. One such is «free ninety-nine» for something that is free. Another, which I often use on hard days is «boundary party, » which is Kelechi for NOT TAKING YOUR SHIT. It has been a year of boundaries being crossed, of internal boundaries being pressed up against, of communal boundaries being called into question, of the need to put down difficult boundaries. As women and gender nonconforming folks at this place in the world, at this particular time, I am interested in the polyphonic presentation of our needs, our struggles and our growing power and sense of selves in respect to boundaries. Hence this reading.
FEATURING: Lyndsey Ellis, Gina Goldblatt, Liz Green, Elise Hunter, Bonnie Kwong, Raina Leon, Ginger Murray, Norma Smith Kelechi Ubozoh, Lenore Paula Weiss and Liza Kuney.
Lyndsey Ellis loves thrift stores, Jolly Rancher candies and Afro-Samba, all of which she's never written about...yet. Gina Goldblatt is a New Yorker in mismatched California attire, a cat hoarder and a bunny finder, who walks dogs for money, started Liminal for the sake of preserving voice and sanity, and does aerial silks under the name Cara Coy. Liz Green is a professor of English and Creative Writing at Los Medanos College; they are a published spoken word poet, playwright, and essayist, a Lambda Literary Fellow in Fiction, and are currently seeking representation for their queer YA sci-fi novel. Elise Hunter tends to a garden of ferocious succulents, works on clean energy policy, and chips away at her upcoming novel, Options & Futures, in Oakland; find out more at elisehunter.com Bonnie Wai Lee Kwong's first book of poetry is 'ravel,' a finalist for prizes by White Pine Press and New Rivers Press; her work in poetry and theater has garnered a number of Pushcart Nominations and an artist's residency at Stanford. Liza Kuney is a menopausal hot-mess who, in April 2005, POOF, turned into a poet while listening to Seattle's Poet Laureate read her own work in the Moutlake Terrace Library. Having found human rights highly overrated, Liza currently works with dogs- a perfect pairing with poetry, she's happy to discover. Raina J. León is from Philly and a member of writing communities that suffer no fools and nurture all prophets: CantoMundo, Macondo, Cave Canem, the Carolina African American Writers Collective, and the rebellious sort of teachers and teacher educators. She has three books of poetry and a chapbook you should read; she is reading your work, too. Ginger Murray is a writer and performer. A once SF Weekly columnist and founder of Whore! magazine, she now spends far too much time in her kitchen reading political diatribes in West Oakland where the lemon trees grow. Norma Smith was born in Detroit, grew up in Fresno, and has been living and writing in Oakland since the late 1960s. Kelechi Ubozoh is a Brooklyn born poet/singer/ mental health advocate who was published in the New York Times in her undergrad; she is featured in The S Word documentary which follows the lives of suicide attempt survivors in an effort to eliminate the stigma of mental health issues. Lenore Weiss is a writer, editor, and teacher who juggles across the delicious stream beds of poetry and fiction. She currently is teaching Flash(!) at San Francisco State University. Her work embraces change.