Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

Wednesday, February 19, 7:30pm
Pegasus Books Downtown

Lyrics & Dirges is a 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. Hosted and curated by Sharon Coleman and Mk Chavez.

February Readers:

antmen pimentel mendoza (he, him, his & she, her, hers) is a scorpio, bakla, and writer. antmen is based in Huichin Ohlone Land (the San Francisco Bay Area) where he talks about pop music nearly all day and plays with friends. She works at a cultural center where she conspires with undergraduate students of color toward more free and just worlds, manages a community lending library, and geeks on curriculum development and workshop facilitation.

Apollo Papafrangou is the author of the acclaimed debut novel Wings of Wax (Olive Leaf Editions, 2016) and the story collection Concrete Candy, published by Anchor Books/Doubleday in 1996, with French and Danish editions. He has also written for HBO Films, which optioned the film rights to his story The Fence (2000-2004). His fiction and poetry has appeared in ZYZZYVA magazine, Oakland ReviewThe Bookends ReviewSparkle & Blink, and the Simon & Schuster anthology Trapped. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College in Oakland, CA.

Grace Loh Prasad was born in Taiwan and raised in New Jersey and Hong Kong before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area. Grace received her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, and is an alumna of the VONA workshop for writers of color along with residencies at Hedgebrook and the Ragdale Foundation. Her essays have appeared in Longreads, Catapult, Jellyfish Review, Ninth Letter, Blood Orange Review, X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, Memoir Mixtapes, The Manifest-Station, and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. She is a contributor to the anthology Six Words Fresh Off the Boat: Stories of Immigration, Identity and Coming to America and has work forthcoming in Panorama, and the anthologies Ms. Aligned 3 and Chrysanthemum: Voices of the TaiwanesDiaspora, Vol. II. Grace is a member of The Writers Grotto and Seventeen Syllables, an Asian Pacific American writers collective. She is currently finishing her memoir entitled The Translator’s Daughter (www.translatorsdaughter.com).

Will Preston was born in Oakland where he is now a middle school teacher, and will complete the MFA program in creative writing at St. Mary's College where he is also the Senior Fiction Editor for the literary journal Mary. His short fiction appears in Milvia Street.

Poet and recovering engineer, Lisa Rosenberg is the author of A Different Physics, winner of the Red Mountain Poetry Prize. She holds degrees in physics and creative writing, and worked for many years in the space program. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford, she served as the 2017/2018 Poet Laureate of San Mateo County. Lisa’s poems explore natural and cultural landscapes, the art of making, and the drive to question inherited models. She was recently named a MOSAIC Fellow with Sangam Arts, and has been awarded a 2020 Djerassi Residency for Scientists and Artists.
 

Every third Wednesday of the month at Pegasus Books Downtown.
 

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
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