Say It Aloud: Lit Readings

This summer, I was asked to participate in two readings. This was a new experience for me – previously I have always been the one pitching, trying to get in to readings. It was exciting and encouraging to be invited.

Image by Anna Yarrow

Image by Anna Yarrow

The first reading was in Quincy, CA, as a part of the Wayward Writers 2nd Annual Reading. It was in this fabulous art deco bar, and curated by Margaret Garcia AKA Maggie Wells. I was in tremendous company with a group of writers I respect and love. I read a nonfiction piece that I thought was really dark, but through the reading of it, I found the humor. The piece got a lot of laughs, and it turned what had been a traumatic experience for me into something I felt I could claim.

Image by Michelle Gonzales

Image by Michelle Gonzales

The second reading was in Oakland, CA, on a rooftop with views of the whole city. This was the launch of Milcah Orabecedo’s Motherblazing Press, and a goodbye party for her, as she was moving to Portland. Again, I was in really wonderful company with writers I admire greatly, and this marked the second time I got to read with Michele Gonzales, a heroine of mine. It was an empowering experience. I read another nonfiction piece, one about my dad teaching me how to fight. It was so fun to embody him and bring him to life for people who have never met him.

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This fall, I was invited to read in Lit Quake here in my own city of San Francisco! I am excited to bring what I learned out and about this summer to the stage on my very own block. I am reading with the Hip Mama crew as a part of the Lit Crawl. I will be one of five writers reading, including Michelle Gonzales, Ariel Gore, Madison Young and Susan Ito. Come out and see us! We’ll be at Craftsman and Wolves on Valencia St. between 18th & 19th Streets, starting at 7pm on Saturday, October 18th. Since the other readings I have participated in this year have left me feeling empowered and invigorated, I can’t wait to see what this reading inspires in me.

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The newest issue of Hip Mama is on newstands and I’m sure there will be copies for purchase that night. The cover feature is my interview with Michelle Tea, a piece I am super proud of. If you can’t make the reading next Saturday, buy a copy online, and subscribe to get future issues!


See you soon.

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