Saturday, March 20, 2010

Also on Sunday, March 21 at Joyce Gordon Gallery in downtown Oakland, 14th near Broadway, 3-6pm, $5-10

Featuring Poets: Nancy Hom, Chinaka Hodge, Avotcja, Clara Hsu,

Coming to you this Sunday - activism, jazz, def poetry stirred and told by long-time Bay Area poets ! Prepare to be awakened.

Artist Bios:
Nancy Hom is an artist whose experience as an immigrant, a mother, a community leader, and spiritual seeker provide the framework for her visual and literary pursuits. Her writing has been published in several publications, including Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America (Pantheon Books), The Movement and The Moment (UCLA), So Luminous the Wildflowers (Tebot Bach), The Other Side of the Postcard (Citylights Foundation), Blue Arc West (Tebot Bach), and Cheers to Muses (AAWAA).

Chinaka Hodge, age 25, is a playwright and poet from Oakland, CA. Her first full-length stage play, Mirrors in Every Corner, was recently granted The Rockefeller Foundation's prestigious MAP Award, and will premiere in February 2010 at SF's Intersection for the Arts. Additionally, her work has been featured in McSweeney's Panorama, Newsweek, Scholastic Magazine, Current Magazine, PBS, NPR, CNN, C-Span, and in two seasons of HBO's Def Poetry. Find out more about her online at

AVOTCJA & MODUPUE (the Bay Area Blues Hall Of Fame Jazz Group Of The Year for 2005) & 2009, as well as one of two nominated as Blues DJ of the Year.
AVOTCJA is a sound junkie, Storyteller/Musician, weaver of magical cloth, A gatherer of poetic wisdom, & musical medicine & definitely somebody not to be missed!

Clara Hsu was a nominee for the Pushcart Prize 2001 in poetry. Her first book of poems, Mystique, was published in 2007 by Beatitude Press. Clara is featured in poetry readings throughout the Bay Area, and for the last four years has performed poetry with a singing bowl in Central Turkey's cave churches. Her website is

Tureeda Mikell, dubbed, " The word magician" by author, writer, thespian, and professor, Ngugi' wa Thiango, is a Silver Poet award winner, writer, poet storyteller performer also known as a Griot Medicine Woman, D'Jeli Musa, Woman of Truths, U.C. Berkeley Bay Area Writing Project Fellow, CA Poet in the Schools, and StageBridge Civil Rights, host/director. Tureeda continues to perform in many venues throughout the Bay Area and abroad. Interviewed with Cornel West, performed in the Kings and Queens of Consciousness, and presented at the National Writing Project Conference in Denver Colorado. In 2008, Tureeda was nominated Storyteller for the Pacific Rim.

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