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Keith Donnell + Gabrielle Daniels, with music by Sholeh Asgary


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.

Friday, November 19, 2021
7:00 pm


Pro Arts

150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

YouTube livestream


Pro Arts is wheelchair accessible. Full closed captioning available for all Zoom events.

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Keith Donnell

Keith Donnell Jr. is a Philly-born, Bay Area-based poet and book editor. He earned his MA in English at the University of Southern California and his MFA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. He is the author of one poetry collection, The Move (Nomadic Press, 2021), and was a previous Editor-in-Chief of Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review. Donnell's additional work can be found in journals and anthologies, including Puerto del Sol, Cagibi, Jubilat and Best American Nonrequired Reading. He currently resides in Seaside, California.

Gabrielle Daniels

Gabrielle Daniels was born in New Orleans, but she spent most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been published variously in The Kenyon Review, The San Francisco Chronicle, and in the American Book Review. She was featured in anthologies like "Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative Writing," edited by Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian, and "Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry," edited by Charlotte Watson Sherman. She has been a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook Farm, at Yaddo, at the Headlands Center for the Arts. In 2004, she was a recipient of a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant, and in 2005-2006, was Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. This fall, Gabrielle celebrates the American publication of her sold-out Materials collection, "Something Else Again" by Dogpark Collective. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with an MFA in English in 1999.

Sholeh Asgary

Sholeh Asgary is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary sound artist whose practice is shaped by her early somatic experiences as a refugee. Situating the body as a site of knowledge, her immersive works, performances and audience participatory scores implicate the viewer-participant into future mythological excavations, bridging large swathes of time and history, through water, water clocks, crude oil, movement, light, imaging, voice, and sound. She has exhibited and performed at various institutions including ARoS Kunstmuseum (DK), Sotheby’s Institute of Art (NY), Minnesota Street Project (SF), Charlotte Street Foundation (MO), and Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (SF). Currently residing in Oakland, CA, where she is a Lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Department of Art Practice, she received her MFA from Mills College and BA from San Francisco State University, and has lectured extensively on photography.

Photo Credit: Alexander Lim

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