Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

Wednesday, February 21, 7:30pm
This Recurring Event is at Pegasus Books Downtown

Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

Lyrics and Dirges is our flagship monthly reading series featuring 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 of the Bay Area.

February Readers:

Fisayo  Adeyeye  
Candace Eros Díaz
Jacqueline Doyle
Gillian Hamel
Nancy Huang 

Hosted and Curated by Mk ChavezSharon Coleman, and Lark Omura.

Every third Wednesday of the month at Pegasus Books Downtown.

Author Bios

blckfsh / bird enthusiast / benign boy / fisayo adeyeye has works published in souvenir lit journal / nailed magazine / the birds we piled loosely / and he is the author of cradles (nomadic press 2017) 

Candace Eros Díaz is a queer Xicana writer based in Oakland, CA. She is a current Emerging Arts Professionals fellow and has previously held fellowships at the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto, Lambda Literary, and The Steinbeck Fellows Program of San José State University. She co-curates the San Francisco reading series Babylon Salon and is the Coordinator for the MFA in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of California where she earned a dual-concentration Masters in Fine Art in creative nonfiction and fiction. Her work has appeared in Under the Gum TreeArroyo Literary ReviewThe East Bay Review, and Huizache, among others. She can be found at   

Jacqueline Doyle’s flash chapbook The Missing Girl was recently published by Black Lawrence Press. She has new flash in Wigleaf, Midway Journal, and matchbook, and new creative nonfiction in The Gettysburg Review, Under the Gum Tree, and Superstition Review. Find her online at

Gillian Olivia Blythe Hamel is the author of occident (Called Back Books, 2017). Her work has appeared in Public PoolThe ElephantsVOLT, jubilat, Dusie, and The Offending Adam, and was recently featured in the Aesthetic Blitz exhibition from the Asian American Women Artists Association. She is a senior poetry editor at Omnidawn Publishing and editor of OmniVerse. Gillian also co-publishes speCt!,a chapbook series and book arts imprint, with Peter Burghardt and Robert Andrew Perez.

Nancy Huang grew up in America and China. She is a winner of the 2016 Write Bloody Poetry Chapbook contest, an Andrew Julius Gutow Academy of American Poets Prize, a James F. Parker Award in Poetry, a 2015 YoungArts Finalist prize, and more. She has received fellowships from Voices/VONA and Tin House. Her debut poetry collection, Favorite Daughter, is out by Write Bloody Publishing.

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
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