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A Friendly Reading & Social


Join us for a poetry event celebrating friendship. Acclaimed Bay Area poets soledad con carne, erica lewis, Truong Tran, and host Gabrielle Civil will share their work and each invite a friend to share work too. Food, drink, and opt-in icebreakers will help everyone socialize and lift up those who help us carry on.

This program is part of a five-part series Where Would I Be Without You? curated by Gabrielle Civil.


This event will be simultaneously livestreamed.

Friday, May 31 | 7:00 pm, Livestream at 7:30 pm
Friday, May 31, 2024
7:00 pm


Et al.
2831a Mission St, SF


Et al.'s exhibition spaces are on the ground floor; the entrance and bathrooms are wheelchair-accessible.

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Gabrielle Civil

Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist performance artist, poet, and writer, originally from Detroit, MI. She has premiered over fifty performance artworks worldwide including Black Weirdo School (Pop Up Critique) (2023), the déjà vu—live (2022) and Jupiter (2021). Her performance memoirs include Swallow the Fish (2017), Experiments in Joy (2019), (ghost gestures) (2021), and the déjà vu (2022.) Her writing has also appeared in New Daughters of Africa, Bone Bouquet, Poem-a-Day, Tripwire, Kitchen Table Translation, Migrating Pedagogies and Experiments in Joy: a Workbook. A 2023 Performance Fellow at the Franconia Sculpture Park, she earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University and teaches at the California Institute of the Arts. The aim of her work is to open up space.

Truong Tran

Truong Tran was born in Vietnam. He is the author of eight poetry books, a children's book and artist monograph. Works include Four Letter Words (2008), Book of the Other: Small in Comparison (2021) winner of the American Book Award, and CLMP's Firecracker Award for Poetry and recently, Looking Seeing Seeing Looking (2023). Tran’s the recipient of numerous awards and residencies including The Fund For Poetry, The California Arts Council, The Creativ Work Fund and The San Francisco Arts Commission. He’s been translated into Spanish, French and Dutch. His visual art has shown at APAture, California Institute of Integral Studies, The Peninsula Museum of Art, Telegraph Hill Gallery and The California Historical Society. Truong lives in SF and teaches at the Oakland campus of Northeastern University.

soledad con carne

soledad con carne is a casually queer, intergalactic Oakland/Ohlone-based chicanx punk poet, working/poor multiple high school drop-out bookstore lackey, poet laureate of the San Fernando Valley, and blatant smoker sharing-trauma-with-their-mother.

erica lewis

erica lewis was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Herbooks include the precipice of jupiter (2009,with artist Mark Stephen Finein), camera obscura (2010,with artist Mark Stephen Finein), murmur in the inventory (2013);and the box set trilogy: daryl hall is my boyfriend (2015)and mary wants to be a superwoman (2017) and mahogany (2023).Her chapbooks have been published by Belladonna, Lame House Press, and AfterHours/The Song Cave. She lives in San Francisco.

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