Readings to celebrate the release of The Move by Keith Donnell (Nomadic Press, 2021) and Something Else Again: Poetry & Prose, 1975-2019 by Gabrielle Daniels (Dogpark, 2021 + Materials, 2020).
Keith Donnell Jr. taps a cultural archive of voices, forms, and intergenerational absence. His poems, so connected by difference, speak across time, place, and persona, always reaching toward song and the dream of a fluid, indestructible beating Black heart. The Move puts the cold out and keeps it there.
Associated with the New Narrative movement and published in the ground-breaking anthology This Bridge Called My Back, Gabrielle Daniels’ work spans essays, fiction, poetry and novels. This book, Daniels’ first full-length collection, collects poems and prose from the 1970s to the present, from poems inspired by films, music, revolutionary figures, and recent political disasters, to prose pieces on neglected African-American women writers, and urban and wilderness environments. Something Else Again reveals a major voice in American literature.
With musical guest Sholeh Asgary:
Asgary’s sound performances make use of her voice and innate properties of everyday objects as an ether for direct communication in an otherwise disparate circumstance of image. Soundscapes of repetitious actions are created with the innate properties of everyday objects and the body, providing access to visual sonic landscapes. The viewer/listener’s faculties are posited as equal material to sound through which one can travel in and out, an image of the world through the physical aural realm.
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
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