Please join us for the fifth installment of #we, a talk and reading series of queer perspectives hosted by Richard Loranger. Each event features two writers from various segments of the queer spectrum, who each give a talk on their perspective on or experience of queerness, followed by a reading of their creative work.
For our fifth event, at a new venue, poet and editor Dena Rod will deliver a talk titled “Following the Breadcrumbs: Searching for Iranian Queer Culture”, and read poetry based on their research sifting through academic sources, ephemera, and anonymous newsletters from the SF Public Library's James C Hormel Center; and African American bisexual artist and activist Juba Kalamka will give a talk titled “Nguzo Sabatage: Intersecting My Margins”, and read some relevant creative work.
Q&A and chat time will follow.
Absolutely all are welcome to this sharing of perspectives. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and ASL translation for the deaf is available on request, with a two-week notice preferred.
free of charge, and a hat will be passed
Dena Rod is the Assistant Creative Nonfiction editor for homology lit, a writer, and a poet. A graduate of San Francisco State University, they have an M.A. in English Literature. Described by the Bold Italic as a "verbose advocate," Dena works to illuminate their diasporic experiences of Iranian American heritage and queer identity, combating negative stereotypes of their intersecting identities in the mainstream media.
Bisexual artist/activist Juba Kalamka is most recognized for his work with performance troupes Sins Invalid and Mangos With Chili, and as cofounder of the queer hip hop group Deep Dickollective (D/DC), and produced the annual East Bay Pride sponsored PeaceOUT World Homo Hop Festival from 2002-2007. His essays and creative writing appear in numerous journals and anthologies including Working Sex:Sex Workers Write About A Changing Industry (2007), The Yale Anthology of Rap (2010) and Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men (2014). His first collection of poetry, Son Of Byford, will be published by Imagination Fury Arts in 2017. He lives in Oakland, with his primary partner of 13 years, their daughter, a neurotic standard poodle, and an enthusiastically territorial rescue dog. He practices polyamory both locally and globally. Buy his music (or listen for free) at http://jubakalamka.bandcamp.com/