Lyrics and Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series



Lyrics & Dirges is a monthly reading series that
features a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its aim is to
highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse
literary community that lives in the Bay Area. This months readers are:

Nic Alea
Justin Chin
Javier O. Huerta
Maisha Z. Johnson
Tim Kahl

Curated and hosted by Sharon Coleman


What: Lyrics and Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

When:Wednesday, August 15, 7:30 pm

Where: Pegasus Books Downtown

What else: Wheelchair accessible; refreshments served


Nic Alea is a poet living the quiet cottage life in San Francisco.
They write poems dealing with gender, feminism, mental health, and
memories. nic co-hosts a bi-monthly open mic called new poetry
mission: the new shit show, which focuses on the production of new
work. They also facilitate a creative writing workshop at Solano
Juvenile Detention Center.

Justin Chin is the author of three books of poetry (Bite Hard,
Harmless Medicine, and Gutted); three books of essays (Mongrel:
Essays, Diatribes & Pranks, Burden of Ashes, and Attack of the
Man-Eating Lotus Blossoms); and most recently, a short story
collection, 98 Wounds.

Javier O. Huerta is the author of American Copia: An Immigrant Epic
and Some Clarifications y otros poemas, which received the Chicano /
Latino Literary Prize from UC Irvine. His poems have recently been
anthologized in American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the
Search for Social Justice and The Best American Nonrequired Reading
2011. Currently he is working on his doctorate in English at the
University of California, Berkeley.

Maisha Z. Johnson is a queer writer and activist of Trinidadian
descent. She studied creative writing at SFSU and is earning an MFA in
Poetry at Pacific University. She spends days working at Community
United Against Violence (CUAV), developing transformative approaches
with LGBTQ folks to heal from and end violence. She spends nights
lifting up silenced voices on the page, and exploring the relationship
between writing and social change, which she chronicles on her blog,
Inkblot. Maisha has been a featured reader at events in the Bay Area,
including Portuguese Artists Colony, where she won the live writing

Tim Kahl is the author of Possessing Yourself (CW Books, 2009) and The
Century of Travel (CW Books, 2012 [November]). His work has been
published in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Notre
Dame Review, The Journal, Parthenon West Review, and many other
journals in the U.S. He appears as Victor Schnickelfritz at the poetry
and poetics blog The Great American Pinup (and the poetry video blog
Linebreak Studios. He is also editor of Bald Trickster Press and Clade
Song. He is the vice president and events coordinator of The
Sacramento Poetry Center. He is derived from a family of hoarders and
is struggling to kick materialist habits.

Event date: 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Avenue
94707-2306 Berkeley